When you hear the word “snake,” I’m willing to bet that “friend,” “love” or “cute” are not the words that automatically flow through your mind.
Normally, reptiles do not correspond with cuddly or friendly language. They are usually associated with words like “fear,” “vicious” or even “venomous.”
There’s no doubt that reptiles can be dangerous. After all, creatures like crocodiles, alligators and poisonous lizards are said to be related to dinosaurs, right? And we know to steer clear of these creatures if they are in our midst.
One man, however, seems to be friends with a diamondback water snake who lives near the dock behind his house. Tim Jones, 79, is a retired zoo director who lives in Whitney, Texas, according to UPI.
According to the man, these snakes “are not venomous. They have about 160 teeth; they’re sharp where they catch their food, and they’re usually very shy.”
Jones filmed a video of himself visiting his friend to see if the snake remembered him. To his delight, she did!
She didn’t seem to feel threatened by Jones’ presence, and she swam right up to his perch on the dock and slithered up to greet him.
“Not only did she remember me,” Jones said, “she really came up to me when she saw me. I’m real happy over that.”
The snake gently took a fish out of his hand and then slithered back down in the water as Jones held her brown and black scaly skin.
“These snakes have become my friends,” Jones says in his video.
He moves the camera to show his pants covered in tape.
“I have my pants taped up, ’cause I don’t want one crawling up inside my britches. That would be kind of bad,” Jones said.
“This is on a private road that I own; please do not feed wild animals in public places,” he said, according to Newsflare.
“There are lots of pretty non-venomous watersnakes, but not cottonmouths. They are venomous and can hurt you or even kill you; learn the difference.”
What an awesome experience! Although this snake seems to be pretty friendly, make sure you heed this man’s warning if you try to make friends with a snake.
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