There are only a few animals on earth whose names strike a current of fear into people.
Among them, comes the names of some very deadly venomous snakes.
Although, there are very few chances of being bitten by a dangerous snake and dying from its venom injected into one’s body as compared to other accidents such as dying from a car crash, heart failure, or cancer, the fear of encountering such snakes remain very real.
Facts about snakes:
Before we dive into a more serious discussion about snakes, let’s discuss some fun facts about them:
- Snakes are mostly misunderstood by human beings as evil and wicked creatures when in truth, only 600 out of 300 species of snakes are venomous.
- Snakes are solar-powered and they entirely depend upon light and heat. They are known as “cold-blooded” which is not true. The right term for them is “ectothermic” which means that their body temperature depends upon external sources.
- Not all of them lay eggs. 70% of snakes lay eggs while others give live births.
- They don’t have eyelids.
- Snakes do not smell with their nose but with their tongues. It is known as “Jacobson’s organ”.
- They have 5 different kinds of locomotion.
Where do they live?
You will find snakes in every corner of the world and can be found hiding and living in deserts, forests, rocks, mountains, grasslands, and swamps. Many species of snakes also live in water bodies like streams and lakes.
SNAKES AS THE DEFENDANTS OF OUR ECOSYSTEM AND WHY WE SHOULDN’T BE AFRAID OF THEM:
While it is true that some types of snakes out there are highly venomous but that is not true for all. These creatures are one of the most valuable members of our environment and ecosystem and many types are nothing to be afraid of.
Remember! Snakes are deadly but it is rare!
In most of the western movies, we have seen snakes always as a villain which are the main causes of feat among people.
For example, one of the most common types of snakes found mainly in California, known as rattlesnakes, is considered extremely dangerous. These snakes are just like any other reptile or creature who is playing an important role in our ecosystem.
Rattlesnakes are not malevolent. They are not scheming or wicked. It would not be wrong to say that those are human traits that we associate with these creatures. That is why, in the United States, snakes are protected by law. You will see many notices along the roadsides and parks to stay away from the bushes as there is a danger of encountering rattlesnakes there but in truth, snakes are also being protected by human beings through these notices.
In the US, rattlesnakes are considered venomous but if we look at the facts, then it is seen that in Utah, there are a total of 31 species of snakes of which only 7 species are considered venomous. The other 24 are not dangerous provided, we, human beings leave them alone.
It is also important to keep in mind that the entire world constitutes around 3000 species of snakes among which only 400 species are venomous that often sit-and-wait for the victim so you will not encounter them on the roadside or in your backyard. They have a habit of staying hidden, unlike the nonvenomous species.
Despite the truth, people mostly kill any snake they ever come across, calling it a “bizarre reaction”. The reality is: Just like any other animal like cat, dog, and frog, a snake is also just another animal and should not be treated like this!
Snakes are the most effective and free rodent controllers:
Snakes are also known to be natural rodent controls and they have been playing a huge role for the farmers for many decades. We need to understand that our entire ecosystem will be disturbed if snakes were to leave this earth tomorrow. They are life saviors for our grain silos and crops.
Snakes as a barrier between human beings and various diseases:
When talking about rodents, it is also necessary to mention here that rodents are not only enemies of our crops, but they are also the carriers of numerous types of diseases and pathogens such as hantavirus, encephalitis, plague, tularemia, Lyme disease as well as many other potentially serious diseases. If there were no snakes on our earth, then you would have possibly encountered one or more of these diseases. Thus, you should thank these snakes for keeping you alive.
The free natural pest control in your backyard:
Have you ever wondered that a harmless snake living in your backyard is not there to hurt you but is playing the role of natural pest control? This invaluable source of pest control is often taken for granted by us because we have an image of snakes being evil since the day we are born.
The garter snake and gopher snakes, which are often found in the backyards are only on the mission of eliminating the pests and once they are done with their jobs, they leave the backyard quietly. On top of all, that snake will not even send you a bill for completing the job. What else do you need?
Snakes as the most important members of biotic communities:
In the United States, many states including Utah and California have prohibited the killing of snakes, amphibians as well as reptiles because all these creatures are useful members of biotic communities. They are playing a dual role of prey and predator and keeping the biotic communities smooth and functioning.
Thus, it is important to understand that snakes are not evil creatures and we need to stop demonizing them. It is time that we start considering these little creatures, living among us, not only as valuable but also as vulnerable creatures!
Even the venomous snakes are saving our lives.
You will be thrilled to know that even the most venomous species of snakes are serving as a source of medicine and saving our lives. It is proposed by the researchers of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine that poisonous snakes are used for anti-venom treatment in sub-Saharan Africa against snake bites.
Snake bites constitute around 30,000 deaths and numerous disabilities but the same snakes are responsible for providing anti-venom medicine and thus save thousands of lives.
WHAT IS “OPHIDIOPHOBIA” AND WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF SNAKE FEAR?
Just like many other phobias that we encounter in our lives such as height phobia, needle phobia, or phobia from water, there is also another phobia that exists among people known as “Ophidiophobia”.
We are indeed afraid of snakes to some extent but there are people out there who are deathly scared of these reptiles. There is only a negligible number of people who are welcoming to the snakes and allow them to enter their backyards and gardens.
So, what is the reason behind the fear of those people even when they know that a particular species of snakes are harmless? Science has a lot to say about this.
Snake phobia is even found in those people who have not even encountered a real snake in their lives. The fact behind this fear is that snakes carry an image of being dangerous and this fact is hard to refute. Some species of snakes are venomous, and they have killed people in the past. However, that is not the only factor that makes people phobic to them.
Many researchers have also said that human beings are born with an affinity to sense snakes. Psychologists have proposed that this inborn affinity is found in both adults and children where they were better at focusing and noticing the pictures of snakes than any other dangerous pictures.
Scientists have said that people are better able to detect the images of snakes as compared to other reptiles. Thus, the researchers believe that human beings are born with a skill that helps them survive in this world. It might be coming from our ancestors who used to live in caves and forests in the times when snakes were of the size of mountains and were carnivorous. Thus, through this ability, human beings can avoid snakes that helped them to stay safe and live longer.
On the other hand, there are also chances that someone is not born with this phobia but had a bad encounter with a snake later in life such as being bitten by it. Such cases are known as “learned behaviors”.
Another reason why people have a fear of snakes is an obvious source-our elder. If our parents fear snakes, then there are high chances that we will also learn the same from them.
Another source of developing snake fear is movies. Most of the stories and movies show snakes as evil and dangerous creatures. We are so used to believe in such stories since our childhood that now this fear sticks to us and we are unable to dismiss it from our minds.
If human beings are born with the ability to sense snakes as a danger, then why do some people love to keep them as pets?
As this question arises in the minds of most people, it is necessary to mention here that there is only a 5 % population of people in the world who are born with a sensitivity towards snakes, just like any other phobias. If you are not born with this skill, then you can easily adopt a snake as a pet and get used to it just like any other pet.
HOW TO GET RID OF OPHIDIOPHOBIA OR SNAKE FEAR?
Overcoming any phobia including snake phobia requires more effort by the victim than the curer. It is important to first make them believe that the issue is not with the snakes, but the real issue is with them. Phobias are required to be dealt with directly by the person who is facing them.
If you want to get rid of your snake phobia then you need to do “de-sensitization”. De-sensitization is done by exposing oneself to the fear. Start taking small steps and then increase the exposure. This way, you will overcome the fear and be able to get rid of it altogether.
How to expose yourself to snakes to get rid of snake phobia?
There are plenty of training programs available that are targeted for those who want to get rid of their snake fear or any other animals such as sharks, spiders, etc.
The most widely used training methods around the world allow you to expose yourself to the animal. It is a very limited exposure, in the beginning, depending upon the severity of the phobia. At first, you will be shown a snake simply from afar.
There are always safety precautions whenever you opt for a training program such as glass between the snake and the person. These barriers are only removed when you are ready to do it.
HOW TO CHOOSE A SNAKE AS A PET?
For some people, snakes can be fearful while others might love to keep them as pleasant company. People who keep snakes know not all snakes are dangerous and there is only a little number that should be a cause of concern.
BENEFITS OF KEEPING SNAKE AS A PET:
There are many benefits of keeping snakes as pets. Firstly, they do not require extra care and look after like many animals and pets. Secondly, snakes are very low maintenance as they love to stay in their aquariums and cages and do not like to roam around in the house like other animals.
You can also benefit from keeping snakes as pets if you have a very busy routine as snakes do not require evening walks and showers like cats and dogs. Snake also does not want your attention and are also free of schedule. On top of all, snakes do not even speak or make noise which makes them ideal as pets.
However, finding the right snake to keep as a pet can be a daunting task if you do not have enough knowledge. There are few important things to consider before buying a pet snake such as maintain a proper environment for them to live in.
BEFORE BUYING A SNAKE AS A PET, ASK YOURSELF:
- Which snake size can I keep easily in my home?
- How long do I want to keep it?
- Can I afford to feed it?
- What is my price range and affordability? (Do not forget that the snake may require a lot to eat depending upon the size)
- Does anyone inside my home have a fear of snakes?
- Will my kids comfortable around it?
- Are they allowed in your apartment?
- Will I be able to provide the necessary living conditions required by the specific snake species?
Moreover, do some deep research on the kind of snake you are about to get as each snake requires different eating, living, and weather conditions.
OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A PET SNAKE:
If you are getting a pet snake for the first time, there are few factors you should consider such as:
- Avoid getting an enormous sized snake if you are a first-timer. They are not only difficult to handle and maintain but can also be dangerous if you do not know how to handle them precisely.
- There are some snake species such as Anacondas and Pythons that can grow up to 6 meters.
- Keeping large size snakes also requires huge and expensive cages.
- Snakes mostly feed on prey animals so you will also need some space in your freezer to store frozen prey.
- The most important factor to consider before keeping a pet snake is to make sure that you have all the arrangements of an escape-proof enclosure. Snakes are naturally very pro at escaping, squeezing, and finding small gaps.
- Do not fool yourself by the beautiful and charming colors of snakes as they are mostly venomous. Hence, they are not recommended as pets.
- Always get a captive bred snake from a trustworthy and reputable breeder. Do not buy wild-caught snakes as they are more prone to parasites and diseases. Moreover, they are difficult to tame.
- Snakes also get sick and catch diseases! Yes, that is true! You want to get a healthy snake so make sure you check for any signs of sickness such as retained skin, mouth rot, closed eyes, or bubbles oozing out of the nose or mouth.
- Ask for a demonstration from the breeder to check whether the snake is eating well. Ball Pythons are known as the most common carriers of feeding problems, so this demonstration can be helpful if you are getting a ball python.
- Do not forget to check the lifespan of the species before getting one. Many snake species can live up to forty years and thus, demand a lifetime commitment.
- Lastly, take care of the heat, light, humidity, feed, and substrate of the snake species you are planning to keep.
So, if you are a first-timer, we recommend you keep smaller snakes like corn snake or king cobra. Moreover, stick with your requirements and interest.
Given below are few good recommendations based on authentic research. The types of snakes mentioned below are easy to care for and are reasonably sized. Moreover, they can be found easily in pet shops. This guide might make things easier for you.
1.Corn Snakes as pets
When it comes to buying a snake as a pet, the best and perhaps, the most innocent species is Corn Snakes. They are also called “Garden Snakes” and are excellent sources of free pest control. Moreover, as a pet, they require very little maintenance from the owner so there is no hassle in keeping them as pets. If you are a gardener or a farmer, we highly recommend you keep one or two of these snakes and get the work done free of cost.
2. Ball Pythons as pets
Like Corn Snakes, Ball Pythons are another excellent choice to keep as pets. They are harmless, gentle, easy to handle, and long-lived. Moreover, they grow only up to five feet, so you do not need to worry about handling them. Ball Pythons are also excellent options for kids. They are very slow and friendly, and they will not ever attack the owner. The only maintenance risk that comes with Ball Pythons is that they cannot withstand temperatures below 25 degrees. Therefore, you might need to buy specialized cages for them to maintain the required temperature.
3. King and Milk Snakes as pets:
Milk snakes are found in the southern parts of Canada, South America, and the United States. These are known as the most beautiful species which are nonvenomous and docile.
Milk snakes constitute over 45 kinds of species. They are easy to maintain, easy to keep, and are considered the best ones as beginner snakes. King and milk snakes vary in various patterns, colors, and sizes. They have striking and beautiful patterns and have a natural defense mechanism where they can mimic black, red, and yellow colors. The life expectancy of these snakes is 20 to 30 years and the adult snake has a size of 14 to 60 inches.
King and milk snakes are low maintenance and require very minimal effort and care. They never strike the owner, and their bites do not hurt. They will try to move away from you when feeling threatened. They may even want to wrap themselves around your arms, but they will never harm or bite you.
To keep this snake, a secure cage is very important as the snake can try escaping even from the tiny spaces.
Other species ideal for keeping as pets are:
- Garters, are slow, and cute. They are even safe to keep if you have kids in the house. It is also called a garden snake and is also good for pest control. They keep the rodent and pest population in control. These snakes are often confused with rattlesnakes but are thinner and smaller in size.
- Rosy boa snake, which very tame and has beautiful patterns and colors.
AVOID KEEPING THESE SNAKES AS A BEGINNER:
As a beginner, you should avoid keeping venomous or huge snakes. Also, refrain from keeping the snakes with difficult care and maintenance requirements such as:
- Burmese pythons
- Water snakes
- Green snakes
- Burmese pythons
- Boa constrictors
Other snakes that are extremely dangerous to the owners as well as to anyone around them are:
- Reticulated pythons
WHAT TO DO IF YOU ENCOUNTER A SNAKE IN YOUR HOUSE?
Take it easy! Most of the snakes will only seek shelter in your house because of the warmth in the winters and coolness in the hot months. They are not there to harm you unless you provoke them. Some snakes also love to hunt pests and that is why they love to be a part of your gardens. Rodent presence is perhaps the most attractive reason for them. Therefore, there is nothing to fear if a snake enters your house.
You can use the following harmless and easy ways to guide them back to the front door:
- Sweeping is the simplest tactic to get rid of a snake from your house. Use a broom and bucket, make the snake sweep in and transport it outdoors.
- Bag traps are also easy solutions. Bag traps are ideal for snakes as they are dark and cool, and snakes would love to sneak in. snakes would love to curl up in the bag and you can move them out of the house easily.
- Glue traps are for those who have a snake fear. Glue traps consist of plywood with an adhesive substance on one end. It is like mouse traps and is not much effective to trap snakes.
HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM A VENOMOUS SPECIES OF SNAKE AND PREVENTING SNAKE ATTACKS?
If you ever encounter a venomous snake, you should know what to do rather than panicking. There are four species of venomous in the United States:
- Rattlesnakes (few groups of these snakes are venomous)
- Cottonmouths or water moccasins
- Coral snakes
It is important to learn about these groups of snakes to understand their nature and way of preying and attacking.
Copperheads belong to a family of snakes known as the pit viper subfamily. They are found in New England and the United States, mainly in Texas. They attack the victim by injecting little venom in the first bite. Their bites are not fatal provided they are treated properly and within time.
The largest group of venomous snakes that consists of a total of 14 species is known as a rattlesnake. Quite commonly seen in California and Utah, rattlesnakes range from a huge variety of venomous and non-venomous types.
These snakes have a habit of striking at a distance. Their venom contains hemotoxin that results in swelling, destroying the tissue, and leads to internal bleeding as well as intense pain. There are some specific species of rattlesnakes such as Mojave and tiger whose venom contains a highly venomous toxin known as a neurotoxin that is responsible for causing paralysis and damaging the nervous system.
However, most of these snakes avoid attacking large mammals including human beings as it requires them to use a lot of their energy.
COTTONMOUTHS OR WATER MOCCASINS:
Cottonmouths also belong to the pit family and are mainly found in the west of Oklahoma, Florida, and Texas. Although their bites are less venomous as compared to rattlesnakes, they have other un-redeeming qualities. You will find them around water more often as they are the common places for human recreation.
Cottonmouths can also easily climb trees and have a habit of dropping on boaters and fishermen. Moreover, they have an extremely aggressive disposition.
Coral snakes are the smallest yet the deadliest snakes in North America. This snake has two species, and they belong to the same family as those mambas, sea snakes, and cobra. Coral snakes are quite often mixed with non-venomous snakes because of their appearance that contains bright colored band patterns. Their venom is extremely poisonous as it contains a powerful neurotoxin. This substance paralyzes the entire body causing breathing issues and eventually respiratory failure.
However, coral snakes are shy and reclusive creatures, and they are not very good at making interactions. In the US, dozens of people are bitten by coral snakes every year.
THE AFRICAN “BLACK MAMBA”:
Counted among the top ten deadliest snakes in the world, the African black mamba lives in the rocky savanna. This snake is named “black” for its black mouth. It seldom leaves the rocky grasslands but can be seen on the ground because of its habit of eating termite mounds.
The African black mamba ranges from various colors from dark brown and black to light and dark gray. This snake is considered the deadliest because of its large size and quick speed. Moreover, it has a potent venom that can send you to a death bed in a matter of seconds. However, since this snake is rarely found on grounds and common pathways, it is responsible for only a little number of human deaths.
Another dangerous species of snakes found in Africa is known as “boomslang”. Boomslang (or Dispholidus typus) is an extremely aggressive snake that has a habit of attacking the victim by extending the front part of its body while remaining on the branches of trees. The riskiest thing about this snake is that it can mimic the branch of a tree and anyone can fall trap to its trick.
This snake has a rear fang and it spreads its venom into the body of its victim by chewing and doesn’t leave till the victim dies.
LATIN AMERICA’S “YELLOW CHIN”:
Famous by the name “yellow chin”, this Latin America’s famous snake is considered mildly dangerous. This species is also known as Barba Amarilla. It is known as one of the aggressive snakes in America as it crawls into human dwellings often and its bite can cause paralysis and even death.
So, how can you prevent a snake bite?
These were the most dangerous snake species that are considered deadliest and their attacks must be addressed promptly. However, it is always better to seek prevention as it is better than cure.
Following are some of the tips to prevent snakebite as given by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Centre:
- In case of an encounter, do not try to handle the creature on your own. It is best to avoid them or change the way.
- Stay away from bushes, piles of leaves, and tall grass in the parks and roadsides while walking.
- Stay away from rocks and pits as well as pile sod wood as they are the favorite hiding spots of snakes.
- Have adequate knowledge if you live in an area where venomous snakes are common. Know that these snakes are more active in summers and dark.
- Wear protective clothing such as long boots and pants while working outdoors.
- If you have a job where you need to handle bushes and debris, then wear leather gloves.
- If you are a fish hunter or work in the outdoors, then you must always wear knee-high snake boots.
IN CASE OF A SNAKE BITE:
- SEEK IMMEDIATE HELP (dial 911 or call any other local emergency service)
- Remember the shape and color of the snake as it will help you in detecting the right species and hence treatment will become easier and quicker.
- Stay calm, avoid panicking and stay still as it will slow down the spread of venom.
- If you cannot reach the hospital, try applying first aid.
- Wash the infected site with soap and water and cover it with a dry and clean dressing.
- Hold the injected site tightly or wrap tightly with a piece of cloth to slow down the spread of venom.
HOW TO KNOW THAT IT’S A VENOMOUS SNAKE BITE?
- You will notice puncture marks at the injected site.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Extreme redness, swelling, and pain.
- Disturbed and labored breathing.
- It is painful.
- Disturbed and blurred vision.
- Increased sweating and salivation.
- Numbness of a particular body part such as limbs or face.
SNAKES AS MEDICINE:
As mentioned previously in this article, snakes are also used as anti-venom providers that save thousands of lives around the world every year, particularly in the African region. That is why they are known as “life-saving medicine”.
Among many other snakes, one of the most famous species is the Brazilian pit viper. This snake is so venomous that its bite causes the victim to blackout in a matter of milliseconds due to a drop in blood pressure. However, the same snake is saving human lives as it is a major source of “captopril”. This medicine is widely used to treat depression and hypertension in human beings.
The venom from King Cobra is also used for the treatment of chronic pain. The toxin from this snake has analgesic and painkilling properties. This toxin, when used as a medicine, can affect the central nervous system and thus reduces pain sensitivity.
Another two widely used medicines known as tirofiban and eptifibatide are derived from the venoms of saw-scaled viper and pygmy rattlesnake. These medicines were approved in the 1990s and they are known to be highly effective for curing major heart diseases including angina.
The earliest known application of snakes as medicine comes from China where the sloughed snakeskin was used to cure certain superficial diseases such as eye infections, opacities, sore throat, hemorrhoids, and skin allergies. This use dates to as early as 100 A.D. Snake’s gallbladder was also used to treat skin diseases, intestinal hemorrhage, and pain. All of these uses of certain snake parts are mentioned in the Chinese medical literature.
Snakes are also used for the treatment of many life-threatening diseases including cancer. Recent research has also revealed that snake venom is an excellent source of treatment for leukemia and cardiovascular diseases. These properties are especially prevalent in the venom of vipers.
The bile of snakes King Cobra and Indian Cobra are known to contain unique medicinal properties which is much more than any other species of snakes. Every species contains lithocholic acid and deoxycholic acid but it is only these two types of cobras that also contain cholic acid.
In China, snake bile has also used a tonic due to its properties of having a sweet aftertaste. It is used in the making of many energy drinks and is always available in snake restaurants in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. The bile of the snake is also mixed with rice wine and is used as a beverage before meals. It is also consumed as an appetite stimulant. Moreover, snake bile is also used in flu shots, for the treatment of whooping cough, infantile convulsion, high fever, rheumatic pain, gum bleeding, skin infections, hemiplegia, and hemorhoids.
Another poisonous snake known as Agkistrodon is used in Chinese medicine for the treatment of paralysis and epilepsy. The medicine made from the toxin of this snake is highly effective as it can penetrate inside the bones and flush out the pathogenic wind. It also alleviates convulsion and that is why it is considered the most useful medicine for the treatment of scabies and arthralgia.
Many records in the Chinese medical literature have also revealed that snake slough is used for treating malignant sores including boils, tumors, mammary abscesses, carbuncles, and furuncles. The snake slough is used both internally and topically.
Snakeskin is also used for reducing several eye infections such as clouding of the cornea. Many people are also advised to take snake wine to get rid of potentially pathogenic wind.
The natural toxins of this and many other snakes are now enabling scientists to create new drugs and helping mankind. Thanks to these snakes for making our lives easier!
SNAKE-EATING CULTURES AROUND THE WORLD:
China is among the top consumers of the snake as food. In China, you will snake restaurants in every corner of the streets. Even the meat markets contain snake meat as a significant food source.
The snake eating culture is especially common in Guangdong and Shanghai Province. There are over 6,000 restaurants in Shanghai with the specialty of serving numerous snake drinks and dishes. These dishes and drinks are mostly made with vipers, freshwater snakes, cobras, and sea snakes. According to one estimate, these restaurants are the consumers of more than 4000 tons of snakes per year. That is why you will find many snake suppliers in these provinces. On average, a snake supplier sells cobras and vipers for $15 and $45 per kilogram respectively, and supplies tons of these snakes to restaurants daily.
In China, snake meat is commonly known as dragon meat. There are plenty of snake repositories in Guangxi and Wuzhou Provinces. These repositories are responsible for raising more than one million snakes per year. They are also one of the main tourist attractions in China. If you ever visit China, you can also witness special snake versus catfights in these repositories.
Snake eating is not considered as something which offends someone. It is quite common now and many tourists often try snake dishes by visiting them as a new experience. Tourists who order snake dishes are often offered to watch the reptile killed and skinned. Many people visit the restaurants solely to witness this experience. These snake dishes are often served with cat meat. Sometimes, snake fillets are also stuffed with other kinds of seafood such as fish or shrimp as well as chicken liver. However, snake food is extremely cheap in China and costs only around $30 for 4-5 people.
One of the famous snake foods that are loved as a cuisine all over china is snakeskin served with semen liqueur. the Flying Dragon Snake Farm near Shenzhen province. Snakes are served with pepper and their skin is known to be highly delicious. King Cobra is famous for its semen liqueur which is known to cure weakness in a person. Cobra is also served baked and is widely eaten as a snake “diet therapy” due to its health benefits.
SNAKE PRODUCING VILLAGES IN CHINA:
China is not only a widely known consumer but also a producer of snakes.
China’s No.1 village that lies in the Zhejiang province is the largest producer of snakes in the country. It is said that every house you step into in this village has snake farming families and you can witness thousands of snake species here including the most venomous ones.
Zisiqiao is another snake village where you will find huge raising farms of vipers, cobras, and pythons. These species are raised as a source of food and traditional medicine. These snakes bring millions of dollars to the farmers. Several methods of breeding are used in this village and are pass on to generations. The initially breeding method was simply the mating of male and female snakes but now more methods are introduced after meticulous research in this field such as how to select good female snakes, the incubation of eggs, and managing the diet of snakes. Thus, the production of snakes is increasing every year.
SNAKES AS A SOURCE OF BUSINESS IN CHINA:
It seems like that China is making the most out of snakes whether it’s food or medicine. That is why the most widely growing snake business in the world is emerging in China. From snake farms to restaurants and snake repositories, you will find snake business in every form all over China.
- Snakes are used since ancient times in china in traditional medicine.
- They are also very common to be consumed as soup and wine. They are known to boost the immunity of a person. There is a rising demand for these drinks and dishes not only in restaurants but also in marriage halls. Due to this demand, the government of China is also encouraging the breeding of snakes. The villagers of Zisiqiao in China are making thousands of yuan per year by raising and selling snakes.
- In China, snake raising is also a common and highly effective home business for many people. People are raising snakes in their homes and making a hefty annual income out of it. Since the demand for traditional medicine is very high along with consuming them as food, the snake business is highly profitable in China.
- Snake products such as gall bladders and livers are also exported to Germany, Japan, the United States of America, and South Korea.
- The villagers in China are also running their snake businesses by providing snake powders to the consumers. Thus, China is making a strong snake culture where the inhabitants and common people are involved in boosting the business. The competition is getting strict every year as more and more snake breeders are entering the business.
Are there any risks involved in breeding snakes?
Although risks are very low the snake farmers in China have reported that they had been often bitten by snakes including the venomous ones. However, since they are experts and china is the largest producer of anti-venom medicines so there are rarely any deaths involved with snake breeding. They always have the medicines ready!
In sum, it is now quite obvious from the facts and figures that snakes are not evil and wicked as the most common perception. Most of them are harmless and are beneficial as they eat chipmunks, mice, pests, and other small animals. They also love to eat ticks and stops the spread of various diseases.
They are groundskeepers and are excellent additives for a perfect fertile garden! So, just by understanding their behavior and nature, we can start normalizing the existence of snakes!