Three Great Reasons to Give Thanksss to Snakes
When was the last time you said thanks to a snake? Not sure why we should be thankful for snakes? Here are 3 great reasons:
- Snakes save people’s lives. Really, it’s true. Venom from copperheads, cobras, rattlesnakes and other species of venomous snakes is being used to create medicines that treat diseases including cancer and heart disease. Black mamba venom, which affects the central nervous system, is being used in research to understand how Alzheimer’s’ and other neurological diseases might be treated in the future. Copperhead venom is currently being researched to find out if a component in the venom will stop breast cancer.
- Snakes help to prevent disease from spreading to people and pets. Research has shown that areas with healthy populations of rodent-eating snakes have less occurrences of Lyme disease in humans. Snakes help stop the spread of Lyme and other diseases (including the plague) because they consume the rats and mice that host ticks and fleas – the carriers of the disease.
- Snakes are a friend to the farmer. When you sit down to enjoy all the delicious turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, give thanks to snake. Snakes help farmers by eating pests that can destroy crops. Many snakes eat rodents which eat and/or contaminate grain crops that are used to feed humans and livestock (including turkeys!) Some snakes eat slugs and insects that not only eat crops, but can also spread diseases to plants.
Now that you know why we need to be grateful for snakes, when you sit down to dinner on Turkey Day, you can say: “Happy Thanksssssgiving!”