We can understand why some people have a fear of snakes. They're stealthy, favor small dark places, and may live in close proximity to you for years before you realize they're there.
No matter how conscientious you are, you still have to sleep sometime.
Some people don't find them scary at all.
If you provide the proper environment, snakes are easy to maintain. They rarely aggravate allergies and they don't take up much space, making them good apartment pets.
The bond between a boy and his snake can last for years.
But fears aren't unfounded. Unlike these house pets, a snake in the wild could be dangerous
The fangs may not look as sharp as cat or puppy teeth, but the venom can be potent.
It travels from the point of origin and spreads through the body rapidly. Even the notorious Black Mambo takes 20 minutes (in extreme cases) to 8 hours to kill.
Other species give their victims an opportunity to experience the agony for much longer.
Often the venom contains chemicals that paralyze the nerves and cause the blood to clot. If not treated quickly, it spreads and muscle tissue begins to die.
This 13 year old girl from Caracas, Venezuela was bitten a month before she was brought to a hospital. The leg will be amputated to keep the necrosis from spreading but they believe that effects of the necrosis, rhabdomyolysis which causes the muscle tissue to die, and Rhabdomyolysis, which leads to kidney failure, are already irreversible.
If your dog can't read, warn him about the dangers of snakes.
If you encounter an unidentified creature in the wild, if it doesn't have fur and four legs, it's probably a dangerous spider and you should leave the vicinity as fast as possible.