Because every time you turn around, another terrifying story about The Snake is right in your ears. Also ever since you can remember, the Religious folks have been talking about The Snake in the Garden Of Eden, and the bronze snake, and the representation of the snake, and the symbolism of the snake... So I know that you are just ready to pull your hair out, especially since to make matters worst, The Hollywood Movie Industry has also jumped on the band wagon by making for themselves, very profitable Snake movies. Such as Anaconda, Snake on the plane, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones, and countless others. But really Beloved, what is it about The Snake that has everybody so scared to go outside of their own home, to walk around in their garden, or to even go down to the lake, without having to watch their step? Well Today, I intend to share with you all the basics you will ever need to know about The Snake, so you can begin to know your friend, and sometimes enemy.
The Snake... Some Facts About This Great Animal:
---Snakes are without legs, eyelids and external ears.
---Smell seems to be a snake's best asset. The snake analyzes scents by flicking its long tongue into the air to gather scent molecules, which are then transferred to the Jacobson's organ located inside its mouth.
---Arboreal (tree-dwelling) snakes, which have binocular vision. These snakes can focus both eyes on the same point in order to make a precise attack.
---Snakes can’t bite food so they have to swallow it whole. Snakes have flexible jaws which allow them to eat prey bigger than their head! And all snakes are purely carnivorous. They have more than 230 teeth, which are pointed backwards; they use these teeth to bite and grip their prey securely. Snakes have a unique anatomy which allows them to swallow and digest large prey.
---Snakes are found on every continent of the world except Antarctica.
---Snakes have internal ears but not external ones.
---Snakes used in snake charming performances respond to movement, not sound. And they are usually worn out before the performance, so they are too tired to bite the guy with the flute.
---There are around 3000 different species of snake.
---Snakes are covered in scales.
---Female Snakes give birth to baby snakes in about 2 months, however they abandon the eggs shortly after laying them. Some snakes retain the eggs within their bodies until they are ready to hatch. These babies are born covered with a thin membrane. The baby uses an egg tooth to rip off the membrane and crawl free
---Snakeskin is smooth and dry.
---Like all reptiles, snakes are cold-blooded, which means they do not have the ability of generating adequate amounts of heat in order to keep their body temperature at a constant level. Instead, they are dependent on heat from their surroundings and the sun to control the temperature of their body. This is the reason most snake species are found in humid and warm climes of tropical regions.
The Snake... And Many Great Myths About It... Just For You:
1---Satan and other devils have frequently been portrayed as snakes, as in the biblical story of Eden where a sly serpent tempts Eve and Adam into disobeying God.
2---The god Thor tries to drain the ocean and remove the World Serpent.
3---Aborigines in Australia believed that a giant rainbow serpent was the creator of life.
4---For both the Greeks and the Egyptians, the snake represented eternity. Ouroboros, the Greek symbol of eternity, consisted of a snake curled into a circle or hoop, biting its own tail. The Ouroboros grew out of the belief that serpents eat themselves and are reborn from themselves in an endless cycle of destruction and creation.
5---The Laborer and the Snake
A snake, having made his hole close to the porch of a cottage, inflicted a mortal bite on the cottager's infant son. Grieving over his loss, the father resolved to kill the snake. The next day, when it came out of its hole for food, he took up his axe, but by swinging too hastily, missed its head and cut off only the end of its tail. After some time the cottager, afraid that the snake would bite him also, endeavored to make peace, and placed some bread and salt in the hole. The snake, slightly hissing, said: "There can henceforth be no peace between us; for whenever I see you I shall remember the loss of my tail, and whenever you see me you will be thinking of the death of your son."
6---Serpents came to be seen in some religions and mythologies as guardians of the underworld
7---According to legend, St. Patrick cleared Ireland of snakes. And supposedly, to this day you will have a hard time finding a snake in Ireland.
8---The Ancient Aztecs worshipped the snake. And Quetzalcoatl was the "plumed serpent" and was considered the "Master of Life".
9---The Farmer and the Snake
One winter a farmer found a snake stiff and frozen with cold. He had compassion on it, and taking it up, placed it in his bosom. The warmth quickly revived the Snake, and resuming its natural instincts, bit its benefactor, inflicting on him a mortal wound. "Oh," cried the farmer with his last breath, "I am rightly served for pitying a scoundrel."
10---In ancient Egypt, Apopis was a demon of chaos who appeared in the form of a serpent. Each night he attacked Ra*, the sun god. But Mehen, another huge serpent, coiled himself around Ra's sun boat to protect the god from Apopis
11---In India, Kaliya was a five-headed serpent king who poisoned water and land until the god Krishna defeated him in battle. Kaliya then worshiped Krishna, who spared his life.
12---The Serpent and the Eagle
An Eagle swooped down upon a Serpent and seized it in his talons with the intention of carrying it off and devouring it. But the Serpent was too quick for him and had its coils round him in a moment; and then there ensued a life-and-death struggle between the two. A countryman, who was a witness of the encounter, came to the assistance of the eagle, and succeeded in freeing him from the Serpent and enabling him to escape. In revenge, the Serpent spat some of his poison into the man's drinking-horn. Heated with his exertions, the man was about to slake his thirst with a draught from the horn, when the Eagle knocked it out of his hand, and spilled its contents upon the ground.
13---Kadru was a snake goddess who bore 1,000 children. Legend says that they still live today as snakes in human form
The Snake... What Do You Know About This Slithering Animal? So now I do hope that this extensive research about Snakes have helped you to get a greater understanding about Snakes, and what they are, what they can do, what they represent, what they know, which god took their form, which stories are created around them. And that way, you will not be so scared the next time that you encounter a snake in your backyard, around your lake, and even in the trees above, as there are flying snakes who leap from tree to tree, and never touch the ground. But the important thing is for you to be armed with knowledge, and also remember that The Snake is the wisest among the animal, and because it doesn't have any legs, it has found many ways for it to beat the other animals.
And with all that many species, the snakes have created a consortium where what one can't possibly do, then the other will adapt and do easily. So Beware Beloved, with each type of snake that you encounter, and treat them all as Venomous, by staying out their path. Or just use a long broom stick and move them away. And don't have a bird feeder right outside your home, because snakes love birds and will come to your door steps. And don't allow mouse or rats to roam around your garbage can, because again, snakes love those too. Also Remember, that in your dreams if you see snakes, it means that you have many enemies, and if they bite you then your enemies will destroy you, but if you kill the snakes in your dreams, then you will easily defeat your enemies... Your Snake Loving Advocate, James Dazouloute
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