Walking in 'the bush' with my dog Duke and we were going through a patch of elephant grass (about chest high) and couldn't see much. Suddenly, about 5 feet in front of me, a black oblong head appeared over the grass. The tableau froze. It may have been an Egyptian (but there was no white on its throat) or more probably a black spitter (Naja nigricollis nigricollis). I had a hard time getting Duke not to investigate this phenomenon and during that brief struggle, the curious cobra quietly slipped out of sight.
I have too often seen the fear that a snake can generate and the mindless killing rage that accompanies this fear. But snakes do not deserve this at all, they are a precious part of God's creation and play an invaluable part in the world's ecology. Let's face our fear and look beyond to the beauty and absolute uniqueness of our snakes.
the next time you see a snake victim, save that snake and get it back out to the wilds where it belongs...
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