KILLING SNAKES

We all know the story of “Adam and Eve” in the Bible. After God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the Garden of Eden, he told them not to eat the fruit of a certain tree located in the lush paradise. We also know that Eve was tempted by Satan, who had taken on the form of a snake, to partake of the fruit from the forbidden tree. Eve ate the fruit and gave some to Adam, who also ate the fruit. Adam and Eve were subsequently driven out of the Garden of Eden by God. For tempting the woman, God cursed the snake and made it to crawl on its belly. Furthermore, the snakes would from then on be hated by mankind and killed for no other reason than that they were snakes.

Until recently, killing snakes was no big deal, even if they were the non-poisonous kind. About the only snake that was not subject to being killed just because it was a snake was the king snake. King snakes do kill poisonous snakes and have always been considered good snakes. Here in the south where snakes, both poisonous and non-poisonous are abundant, killing snakes is common. It’s often done for sport.

With the ushering in of political correctness by the left, we are now being indoctrinated by the animal rights wing of the Democrat party that you shouldn’t kill snakes, even poisonous snakes. It fact, liberals are now saying that you should not use the phrase, “poisonous snake.” Instead you should refer to the snake as “venomous.” I don’t care which of these two terms you use, getting bit by one of these snakes can kill you if medical help is not sought.

For about the last five or six years, here in the state of Alabama, and I assume anywhere in the south, snakes have come out of winter hibernation in droves. Forestry agents have warned people to be very careful, especially when walking in wooded areas, and around rock formations. On social media, pictures have been posted of snakes hanging out in very unlikely areas such as gas station pumps.

The most common poisonous snake in Alabama, and in most of the south, is the copperhead. The copperhead is generally a small snake and can easily camouflage itself around leaves, grass, and sticks. I’ve heard my Daddy say that a bite from a copperhead won’t kill an adult man, but you’ll swell up and get so sick that you think you’re going to die. Thus, medical attention must be sought after a bite. Other poisonous snakes found in Alabama include the cottonmouth/water moccasin, the timber rattler, and the coral snake. Most bites to humans in Alabama come from copperheads and cottonmouths.

In addition to there being more snakes out and about the last several years, snakes seem to have grown bigger. I indicated above that copperheads are generally small snakes, but many folks have reported seeing the snake up to six feet in length, and as big around as a  man’s thigh.

Snakes are generally thought to hibernate in cooler weather with many of them dying due to the cold. Thus, in late fall and winter, we don’t think much about snakes, and the possibility of running up on them.

With the left, particularly the animal rights wing preaching to us that we shouldn’t kill snakes, poisonous or not, because they are a major part of the eco-system. Poisonous snakes are known for keeping the rodent population in check.

After contemplating the reasons for more snakes and bigger snakes in Alabama, I came up with the following: God cursed the snake, indicating that the snake would be a hated creature and killed for no other reason than the snake was a snake.

Now, we’re not doing that. We’re not killing snakes just because we see one. We’re letting the snake live because it is so vital to our eco-system.

Winter here in the south has been harsher than usual. Al Gore and Democrats blames the extreme cold that is gripping the nation on global warming, the result of President Donald Trump pulling the United States out of the Paris Accord.

On January 7, a picture, taken in Tallassee, Alabama was posted on Facebook of an extremely large cottonmouth/water moccasin on top of ice that had formed on a creek in a wooded area. The person who posted the picture said that the snake seemed lethargic and near death. It probably was closed to freezing to death. If properly armed, the photographer would have been wise to kill that snake immediately.

In reading the comments, it surprised me that so many folks felt sorry for this satanic creature and thought its life should be spared. Several the commenters preached that if you leave these snakes alone, they will leave you alone. That’s not always the case. In fact, I had a close encounter with a cottonmouth while skiing at a local lake years ago. I spilled in the vicinity of the snake, who went after me. I barely made it into the boat before he sunk his fangs in me. I guess the typical liberal response would be, you shouldn’t have been skiing on the lake, that’s the territory of the snakes and the fishes.

Back to my theory that because the animal rights whackos advocate that we should not kill snakes is why there are so many of them out and about, and why so many are becoming gigantic. When I asked my minister about this, he rolled his eyes and said, “I don’t know.”

I’ve approached a few other Christian friends about this, and I get the same reaction. Well, I think it’s legit. We’re not killing off snakes like we used to and they are multiplying and growing. Could it possibly be global warming because President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Accord? Ask a liberal and see what they say.

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