Snake Behavior - Animated!!
Updated: Mar 26, 2020
Several months ago, I became extremely bored and made this little series. ENJOY!
It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood
Snake notices the day and comes out to enjoy some sun.
All was well until a very tall animal came near.
Human notices Snake. Snake becomes concerned.
"Oh my gosh." says Human. "It must be 20-feet-long and he's venomous!"
"Oh my gosh!" says Snake. "He can stomp on me! Does he have something to take my head off? And did he say 20 feet? I'm four!"
Snake just realized that the Human was in the way of the burrow."
Human panics as Snake starts to move
Human thinks that imminent death is at hand and decides to leave.
Human screams as he's running.
As Snake reaches burrow, Human is running like an idiot.
Snake is safe and Human has no idea where Snake is.
Snakes are only two to three inches off of the ground. All animals, including humans, has an instinct to survive. It is very base - to eat, to mate, and to protect itself or flight/fight. It would go against every instinct for any animal close to the ground to turn around and attack an animal much bigger than it. Except for house cats. They defy all logic.
Here are some other reasons why snakes won't chase you:
1. They don't move that fast. You can run hard for a minute and the snake will be far away, looking for an oxygen mask somewhere. The fastest snake is the black mamba at 12 mph. Most humans run 15 mph.
2. Snakes are ectothermic (the highfalutin term for cold-blooded). Their metabolism completely depends on their environment. They are more sluggish in cooler weather or at night and in the early morning. After eating, they hide somewhere to digest a meal and if threatened, they will regurgitate it in order to flee. They have a limited amount of energy, and some of that energy is used by the body in order to keep things going.
3. I won't say that they don't ever chase people. Snakes are individuals too. But I don't think it's very likely they will chase. It is far more likely that the person's perceptions of what the snake is doing might be clouded with panic or fear.