Snakes. Words to describe snakes usually consist of ‘scaly,’ ‘terrifying’ and ‘gross.’ It wasn’t that long ago that I would’ve used all of those words, but now I’m not so sure. You see, my partner in crime (who also happens to be my partner in life) absolutely adores snakes. He’s completely fascinated with them and although I don’t think I’ll ever want to cuddle up to one, I’m starting to see things from his point of view.
You see, ‘scaly’ could be reworked to ‘sleek.’ Although most people’s reaction to ‘snakes are sleek’ might be imagining a snake sliding through their bedroom window and nomming them in the night, it could also be interpreted as graceful and elegant. Snakes do look very dignified when they move along. I’ve never seen one stack it before.
‘Terrifying’ could instead be ‘mysterious,’ or even ‘exotic!’ A lot of people are scared of things that they don’t understand. It might be the way that they move, their reptile characteristics (such as their forked tongues), or the fact that they can be very dangerous when provoked, but it’s quite comforting to know that the majority of snakes will never go out of their way to hunt you. Sure, they might try to bite you if you stand on them or try to decapitate them with a shovel, but most of the time they only want to use their energy or venom on their prey – which thankfully, is probably not you.
Lastly, ‘gross’ could be taken as… well ‘beautiful.’ Of course beauty is subjective, but some snakes can be incredibly attractive, with interesting colours and patterns. I mean come on, people make snake-skin accessories (faux, I hope!) so they must be fashionable!
So from now on, if anyone asks me how I would describe a snake, I’m going to reply with ‘sleek,’ ‘mysterious’ and ‘beautiful.’ I hope that one day everyone can learn to appreciate these fascinating creatures! Now, if only I could do the same with spiders…