As the spring is approaching (hopefully), it means that soon there will be lots of all kinds of critters and crawlers around us. When it come to animals, people usually seem to divide them in to two categories, the good ones and the bad ones. In to the "good" category they'll put the cute ones, the majestic ones, and nice ones... cats, sheep, deer, dolphins, squirrels, and so on and so on... I love them too, they are nice. Then there's the "bad" group. That's rats, all kinds of insects, mice and then of course the slithering guys, snakes etc. No one probably would think when they see a squirrel "Ooh, how ugly, it has to be killed! Where is a shovel so that I can cut its head off?!" But alas when they see some of the "bad" category animals, "Kill it, kill it!!!", is the first thought in their mind. That's just so sad. Animals, no matter if they are in our eyes "good" or "bad", should be left alive if they are living in their own habitat and not doing any harm for anyone. Here's a couple of images. The first two are of a completely harmless grass snake and the other two of an other harmless, and actually quite a useful for farmers snake called aesculapian snake. And when looking at the images think, think who's worse for the other, a tiny little snake who's trying to escape when encountered by a human being or the big guy who sees a small snake and plays a big hero by killing that poor critter, and just to show off, lifts the animals body somewhere high so that others can see what kind of a "hero" he is?
This is how a snake definitely shouldn't look. Killed and placed on nature reserve guide sign.