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When you hear the word snake, what's the first thing that goes through your head?

Snakes are truly fascinating creatures and often misunderstood. They are thought of as slimy and evil. In reality, they are smooth and soft, and can be very docile. They also keep our planet safe. If there were no snakes, the medical world would suffer drastically. The snake eats mice and rats, which carry deadly diseases and eat crops. Snake venom is used in medicine, possibly treating everything from minor strokes to heart attacks. French scientists believe that Copperhead venom might be useful for fighting breast cancer, and the Malaysian pit viper's venom may be able to treat strokes.

There are two types of snakes: venomous snakes and constrictors. Venomous snakes include the King cobra, Fer-de-lance, Copperhead, and Diamondback rattlesnake. There are also many species of constrictors, such as the Mexican Black King snake, Carpet Python and Anaconda.

One of the most stunning snakes in the world is the Brazilian Rainbow Boa. This snake is medium -sized, with a color that ranges from red to deep mahogany brown, and black rings. But the most impressive feature is the glossy rainbow sheen that gives the snake its name.

Snakes are stunning reptiles, but should be regarded with caution. Like dogs or cats, each snake has the instincts of a predator. They are powerful and complex creatures.

If you ever come in contact with an unfamiliar snake, leave it and back away. Learn to recognize and respect the snake's space.

Snakes are creatures of wonder and should be treated with respect. They are commonly docile, but certain snakes are quite temperamental. Snakes are a diverse and complex species of animals. The snake is a striking animal, strong and valuable to the earth.

Respect the snake as an exquisite creature and as a balance in nature.

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