History is unclear as to who dictated July 16th to be World’s Snake Day, but it is. Although we should always value and protect these misunderstood creators, today is the day that we should deliberately attempt to observe and appreciate them. It is no secret that snakes play an important role in fueling our imaginations – their fierce bit and confident stride continues to awe and terrify us. Snakes are seen as both villain and idols – folklore and spiritual history depicts the reptile as being intelligent, creative, brave, determined and a tad bit sly, all of the qualities we should want for ourselves (minus the sly part of course). Snakes are our helpers more than they are our nuisance, read on to lean of a few interesting facts and fun ways to celebrate World’s Snake Day…
A Few Interesting Facts about Snakes:
There are over 2000 different species of snakes in the world, however only 600 species are actually venomous.
- The Titanoboa Cerrejonensis was the biggest snake recorded . It was more than 48 feet long and weighed more than 2500 pounds.
- Snakes play a very important role in the ecosystem – they control the rodent and pest population.
- Snakes are found on every continent in the world except Antarctica.
- Contrary to popular belief, snakes rarely instigate a fight with humans, in fact, studies have shown that they try to avoid human contact.
A Few Fun Ways to Celebrate World’s Snake Day:
The Art Annex shares an easy snake craft using felt and recycled cardboard while Blog Me Mom shares a colorful snake craft using recycled fruit trays and Learn Create Love shares a Paper Chain Snake. Your kids will love them!
Watch Cheesy Snake Movies
Sometimes there is nothing better than watching a cheesy fright-flick featuring our slithery friends to inspire appreciation. I personally enjoyed the original Anaconda and Curse 2 was mildly entertaining. Search your local library, Netflix or Amazon for more inspiration.
Support Faux Snakeskin
Every year, thousands of snakes are slaughtered for our fashion, which is cruel and unnecessary. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery! not only do the faux versions look identical to the real stuff, it is a lot cheaper and ethical.
Be a Snake
Who says costumes are just for Halloween anyways? You can use the excuse of celebrating snake day by dressing up as one 🙂