Saturday, November 12, 2011
Well this post will be short, as really it is just a small addendum to a previous post. The one on murder (and not sensationalism), I am sure you remember. Anyway I was reading the other day and came across a point that I thought would drive my point home even more about not killing snakes. The point is that of mimicking. In nature some animals have created a defense against predators by looking like something poisonous or deadly. Snakes also do this. "Predators of snakes who normally avoid preying upon poisonous species also avoid the nonpoisonous varieties that mimic the dangerous types" (Shermer, The Believing Brain, 74). So there it is, if actual predators that rely on snakes as food cannot even tell the difference, what the heck makes you think that you can. Humans are horrible predators because they offer no discrimination (where it counts). So lets just stop for a while. Try and preserve what little remains around us. Unless you like being over run with mice and rats, well then keep killing the snakes. But if you don't please stop.