Irrational fears are something that affect us all. As an arachnophobe I know this to be true (although there is only 1 small wall separating my desk from over 100 tarantulas!). Another common animal phobia is ophidiophobia, fear of snakes. It’s actually quite common although this phobia is on the decline as people become more knowledgeable about reptiles in general.
I was contacted by a small group of ophidiophobes who had set themselves the challenge of facing their fears. Facing your phobia is never easy so quite rightly the guys did it to raise money for charity. Bosan Fung, Peter Kanyuira, Niamh Kane and Liz Gardiner all work for DHL and have raised over £1,800 from their colleagues just for holding a few snakes! It’s amazing how deep people will dig in their pockets to watch their friends suffer! Of course we were more than happy to provide the snakes.
The charity they are working with is Young Enterprise. They help young people gain education through work, providing them with valuable skills for life.
The guys were feeling brave when they came to visit the snakes. Literally shaking with excitement! To start them off, they all held Ariel, a 1 year old snow corn snake. He is the calmest, gentlest snake imaginable and he helped put the DHL team at ease.
From baby corn snake to adult corn snake. Corn snakes make great pets, very peaceful and handleable so perfect for people with little or no experience. Holding an adult okeetee corn was fairly easy for the guys once the initial nerves of holding a large-ish snake had passed.
Corn snakes are easy. For the ophidiophobe to really face their fear they should handle something a bit more substantial. How about a large Boa constrictor? The whole team held a portion of the snake sucessfully and posed for the camera.
I think they all did very well on the day and raised a large amount of money for a worthy cause. I’m not sure if they’ll be rushing to own a pet snake but they all agreed that they are not the animals they first feared.