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Do snakes chase you?

If you have spent time watching the horrible SyFy channel and all their over dramatized snake movies, you probably think that there is a giant snake around every corner waiting to pounce on you and make you its next meal. These movies are not only some of the worst ever produced, but they have also presented people with some ideas that simply are not true.

While there are some snakes that are dangerous to people, the vast majority are quite innocuous. They may bite you if cornered, but are not ones to really do too much damage to you, because they don’t have the capacity to do so.

With this in mind, you can feel pretty safe should you come in contact with a snake. Most often they will scurry away from you because they see you as a much bigger threat to them than they are to you. They are in survival mode, and so when they sense danger they will turn tail and slither away.

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Knowing this, it still begs the question do snakes chase you? Are there circumstances that a snake will chase after you? The answer, surprisingly, is yes, there are times when this will occur.

Let’s start with the most obvious. A snake will do all it can to protect its young and its eggs. If that mother snake has built a nest somewhere and you are encroaching on that place. She is going to do what she can to drive you away. It is instinctual for her to do so. This could very well mean that she will chase you away as she would any other animal that came close to the young.

If you are approaching a nest where there are eggs or newly hatched snakes you should be aware that this is a real possibility. If the snake senses that there is some concern for the safety of her young she is going to drive you away. If you approach the nest and find one and the mother is around, do the sensible thing and move away.

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There is also the fact that some snakes would see you as a potential source of food. A rattlesnake, as an example, is fully aware that its bite can be deadly to virtually any animal. You would make the same tasty snack that a wolf, coyote, or lynx would make, and so they will gladly chase after you to try to slow you down or kill you if given the chance.

It should be noted that this is not a frequent occurrence however. You are still rather large in comparison to the reptile, and it may just be glad to get away from you. The best thing to do if you approach a poisonous snake is to back away slowly, keeping your eye on the creature at all times. Read more: Snake Control, Venomous Snakes of Florida, How to Identify Snakes, How to Kill Snakes.

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