Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Snake wrangler

A few weeks we took the boys to the Dubbo show ...







The snake man (Herpetologist) was showing us both dangerous (venomous) snakes (up too close for me) and these huge non venomous pythons ... Sam my little snake charmer was keen to hold one (safe ones).

Personally I was very grossed out when I had to touch the snake to remove it from around Sam's neck....eeeeewwwwwww it felt awful.

I'm not Ophidiophobic ... though I don't really like snakes . Ophidiophobia is a snake phobia and is said to be one of the most debilitating phobias .

Ophidiophobia can take hold of people even when the snake does not present itself in person and even bring about high levels of anxiety even when the snake is only present in print form. One of my best friends (I met as a teenager) couldn't even see them as a black white line drawing / or illustration in a book (so her dad covered them over). Seriously even mentioning them created anxiety for her. I am sure it still does.

Another best friend from school lived next door to a well known Herpetologist, 'Jim'
in his small surburban backyard he kept many of reptiles ...my friend's Dad always found a few when mowing his lawn ;). I remember seeing Jim's small son wrapped completely in a snake 3 times as long as the boy was tall.

The best first aid for most venomous snakes is a pressure bandage ...to stop lymphatic spread - bandage firmly, splint and immobilise! Never wash the site , it's important to retain traces of venom for use with venom identification kits!

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15 comments :

peskypixies said...

cute pics.........but Im not fond of snakes either.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

I had to stop myself from stopping him because of my fears ...lucky J wasn't keen.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I think his smile could charm any snake.

lightening said...

He looks SO happy and SO gorgeous. I've touched a snake but would never want to hold one. :-)

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I don't like snakes either.

Mandy said...

Your little charmer is precious! But ewww!! ;) Can't stand snakes!! Why are boys just built to love them?! ;)

jayayceeblog said...

Definitely one of my biggest fears and phobias. Got the eebie jeebies now!!! He does look like he's enjoying himself (your son, not the snake) and it's probably much better to go through life not afraid of them.

alicia said...

Oh my. Speechless. That's one brave boy! Drop by my linky party. http://weloveiowa.blogspot.com/2010/06/wordless-wednesday-more-south-dakota.html

Veronica Lee said...

Awesome pics though I'm not a big fan of snakes!!!

Hi! Stopping by from Aussie Mummy Bloggers. Love your blog.

Have a nice day!

Jayne said...

I don't mind the non-venomous Joe Blakes but those feral ones in the wild can stay out of sight as far as I'm concerned lol.

Bettina said...

I've had a snake around my shoulders - they feel so weird! I'll take snakes over spiders any day

Wanderlust said...

Wow, you have one seriously brave little boy!!

Not Quite Nigella said...

He's so brave! I'm petrified of snakes! :o

Kelley said...

*shudder*

But I can't even see a picture of a spider or I lose my mind.

Vixen/Apron Frenzy said...

I am not afraid of them, but I don't 'care' for them. The oldest had one as a pet for a while and would sit next to me on the couch and let it slither onto me and I did NOT like the feeling. Your kid is braver than me....Cuter too.

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