Snakes and why people get scared of them

No matter what anyone tells you, a healthy fear of snakes is a good thing for anyone who could come in contact with them. Snakes can turn any other animal into prey(save maybe alligators), and they even scare the biggest predator of them all – humans.

Nature was clearly generous with snakes – they seem almost perfectly-built for hunting and killing, doing away with any bodily parts that could slow down or otherwise impede them. Let’s examine what snakes can do to a person, and what is it about them that scares humans so much.

The lethality of the snake

Snakes generally kill their prey in one of two ways – venom or strangulation. It would be hard to decide which one is more unpleasant, but let’s start with the venomous attack.

There are very few animals or insects on this planet who can secrete something as powerful as the snake’s venom: some spiders, certain scorpions and maybe the odd caterpillar. Different snakes have venom of different potency, although none of them will brighten up your day.

While not a particularly imposing snake, the cobra’s venom has achieved mythical status – in most circumstances, getting bit by a cobra probably means you’ll have someone reading you your last rites very soon. Antivenom can help, but good luck getting to the exact type of antivenom in the short amount of time that you have.

What’s worse is that some snakes’ venom doesn’t outright kill the prey or even knock it out, instead merely paralyzing it. The helpless prey is then forced to watch as the much smaller snake devours it whole.

Other snakes, like the anaconda, don’t have much in the way of poison but instead have exceptionally long and powerful bodies. They use them to wrap around the prey faster than you can say ‘Yahtzee!’, quite literally squeezing the life out of the victim in a small amount of time.

Astoundingly enough, even a venom-free snake of small size still has the tools to maim us – the snake’s fangs can inflict a surprising amount of carnage on whoever is bitten, sometimes causing paralysis or puncture of vital points. In this sense, a snake could kill you simply by biting the right place on your body.

Why some people are absolutely terrified of snakes

It might seem like a strange question to ask after the facts listed above, but it’s still one worth answering: why do some people have a true phobia of snakes, while some don’t mind seeing them or even being around them?

Well, it’s thought that a fear of snakes – just like a fear of spiders – is an evolutionary remnant from a time when our ancestors would fall to snake attacks on a regular basis. With very little means of fighting back against their quick and elusive bodies, early humans must have developed a pathological fear of the snake population that transferred onto modern-day humans. This is why you might find yourself overwhelmed with terror just from seeing the picture of a snake, or witnessing one in person behind solid glass – your ancestors might have had a few bad run-ins with them.

Is chiropractic really beneficial to animals?

In our efforts to care for our pets, we will sometimes extend them just as many perks as we would to an actual person. It starts with a dog jacket for cold days, moves on to putting sunglasses on your cat for selfies… Next thing you know, your pet is eating alongside you on the kitchen table, has its own armchair for relaxation, and also eats vegan food in line with the owner’s wishes.

There’s no denying that medicine for animals is necessary – after all, their bodies are every bit as complex as ours, and are subject to pretty much the same ailments(and some additional ones). But what about chiropractic – is it really beneficial to animals, household or otherwise?

Knowing whether an animal of yours needs a chiropractor

Like humans, some animals stand to benefit from chiropractic a good deal. Taking your pet to an animal chiropractor for a checkup is always a good idea, but how much an animal can benefit from this type of care depends on several factors:

  • Which animal is it? Some animals, like cats, have extraordinarily pliable bodies that can take any contortion or posturing in stride. Others, like horses, spend much of their time in a rigidly-set position and could benefit more from chiropractic treatment.
  • Speaking of horses, animals that exert themselves a lot stand to benefit from chiropractic the most. The right chiropractor can unwind the body of an animal that helps someone with physical tasks or competes in sports, letting it deal with the long and sweaty hours under the sun better.
  • Does the animal in question have a history of bone or skeleton-related issues? These animals face the biggest risk of joint issues, and could find chiropractic care a blessing.
  • How are the animal’s current or former living conditions? If the animal in question spent a lot of time in a cramped space in the past(or still does), giving it more room to breathe won’t be enough – an animal chiropractor might be necessary to put its body back in order.
  • Has the animal been under the weather lately? Animals have no way of communicating to us that they’re feeling chronic pain. If your pet lost much of its joy and is mostly lying down with a sad look on its face, it might be dealing with some persistent pain. Should a visit to a regular veterinarian offer very little in terms of answers, it’s always worth asking for animal chiropractor’s opinion.

What to look for in an animal chiropractor

Before taking any animal to a chiropractor, it’s important to make sure that their credentials check out.

A regular chiropractor probably won’t be able to treat an animal, and could even risk injuring it. To become an animal chiropractor, a person first needs to go through several years of veterinary school before specialization. Always make sure that the chiropractor you’re taking the animal to is a certified veterinarian first and foremost – while a regular chiropractor might give you a general idea of what could be wrong, only an actual veterinarian will be able to treat the animal with its safety guaranteed.

Pura Vida Chiropractic is a great resource for animal chiropractic care. Check out their website linked above.

The top 3 fastest animals on earth

Animals have some amazing physical attributes to them. Without having the wit of humans to get out of trouble, they have to rely on size, strength, speed and dexterity to stay alive – both in terms of catching the next meal and avoiding becoming someone else’s.

Much to the dismay of pet owners, every average cat or dog can easily outrun a human, even if the animal in question spends the majority of its time indoors. That being said, you might have wondered which animals on Earth are the fastest in the entire kingdom – here are the top 3 fastest animals on earth.

Top 3 fastest animals on earth

  • Cheetah: Their speed is legendary, so much so that their name became synonymous with blazing vehicles or fast things in general. Holding the title of the very fastest animal, the cheetah has an easy time catching or outrunning pretty much anything. While their running speed of over 60 miles an hour is scary, the cheetah’s acceleration is perhaps even more frightening – they can speed things up four times faster than humans can. Because of their quickness, cheetahs quickly assume the status of apex predator in whatever environment they’re in, preying on nearly every animal they see as a good meal. While nature blessed them with incredible speed, it didn’t match their strength – cheetahs aren’t nearly as powerful as some of their cousin wild cats, like lions or tigers.
  • Antelope: The poor antelope seems perpetually stalked by numerous feline predators, most notably lions – if you ever watched a Natural Geographic feature, you probably had to look away when an antelope failed to outrun the big bad lion going after it. The antelope’s body wasn’t built for combat, and it has very few natural defenses to fight off an incoming hungry cat. What they do have is speed – antelopes are easily one of the fastest animals on the planet even on their worst day, which is handy since running away is their only way of surviving an attack from a dangerous foe. The pronghorn antelope, in particular, is the fastest of them all – with a body clearly evolved to make way for tremendous speed, pronghorn antelopes leave most animals not named cheetah far behind them.
  • Brown hare: When you think of speed, hares probably aren’t what comes to mind. They’re very reminiscent of those cute little rabbits – bunnies are supposed to hop, aren’t they? In truth, hares are extremely fast owing to their powerful rear legs that separate them from rabbits. The brown hare can reach a running speed of nearly 50 miles per hour, allowing it to escape the majority of predators – as long as the hare is alert and the predator in question isn’t wielding a rifle, that is. Like antelopes, hares are small and have virtually no means of defending themselves against carnivorous animals, and they’re always working with a size disadvantage to boot. In the right environment, however, the hare’s size can act to its advantage, as it can bolt inside holes and crevasses that other animals can’t reach in. Because of their method of attack, large predatory birds are usually the hare’s worst nightmare.

What you did not know about pugs

It’s hard not to like those perky pugs – their harmless appearance and playful nature have made them a favorite pet of people worldwide. Their size also gives nearly everyone a chance to own one of these beautiful specimens, regardless of whether they live in a big house or a small apartment.

Pugs make great companions, but there are plenty of things about them that can catch pet owners by surprise. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about pugs.

  • Despite the pug’s immense popularity in North America and Europe, they actually come all the way from China. They were bred with a single purpose – to look posh while sitting on an emperor’s lap. While few Chinese emperors of old are remembered for their fondness of cute things, we have them to thank for pugs and their adorable appearance.
  • Pugs are, at their core, lazy. The stereotypical canine is always running around and waiving its tail, barking and jumping up to catch that frisbee or tree branch. Pugs couldn’t care less, though – some of them will spend two thirds of any given day sleeping and dozing off. If you’re looking for a hyperactive dog who’s always ready for action, the pug will have to disappoint.
  • In line with their lazy nature and original purpose as eye candy, pugs’ bodies are even more frail than you might think. Even a pug in good shape will struggle to run faster than 5 miles per hours, with some members of the species barely able to achieve half that. Similarly, while many dogs are great swimmers and have even been known to rescue people from drowning, pugs can barely swim due to their short legs and weak bodies. Adding to all this, they also catch colds and similar sicknesses easily because of their small noses, making them vulnerable to cold weather.
  • Somewhat acting as an extension of the last point, while the wrinkles on pugs’ faces are part of what makes them so nice to look at, they also make the species very vulnerable to bacteria accumulation and all sorts of infections. Hence, pugs rely on humans in order to stay healthy more than most dogs – if you’re looking to get a pug, be prepared to clean its face regularly and thoroughly.
  • With all the talk of pugs’ frailty, you’d probably never think they saw military action. You might be surprised to know that pugs weren’t uncommon in the military some centuries ago – while they weren’t much use in combat, their exceptional sense of smell allowed them to track anything military personnel needed, be it other people, animals or objects.
  • Pugs rarely bark, so they won’t make very good guard dogs, even if you could somehow conceal them so that the burglar doesn’t simply scoff at the tiny size. However, they’re known for their ability to produce a variety of other, colorful sounds – pugs love singing along and even ‘talking’ with humans. If you’re a fan of karaoke, you might have just found yourself the best kind of dog to duo with.