Ever wondered why snakes bite people?
Many would answer that it happens out of spite, or because snakes like to bite. One may even go as far as claiming that they’re evil creatures hell-bent on bringing us pain.
However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Like us, and every other living thing on earth, self-preservation is priority number one. Facing a harmful situation, our instinct is to protect ourselves either through fighting, or fleeing. “Fight or flight” is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival.
Snakes are no different.
We may think that they want to hurt us, but when we take a closer look we clearly see that a snake’s “aggressive” behaviour is actually one of survival.
In this video we filmed a cape cobra after capture in a nearby home. This is a great example of a snake’s defensive behaviour. Leave snakes alone and they will do the same.
Click play to watch this cape cobra bite attempt on video.
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