Snakes!!! A strange question about Italy

Feb 19th, 2007, 08:41 AM
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It's true, no snakes in Ireland,thankfully.
I did see some in a small stream in Vinci Tuscany last June. Italy is wonderful but I understand your concern.I am also terrified of them, having checked out repete site and currently planning a walking holiday in the appenine mts and Tuscany I was horrified to read that hikers were one of the favoured victims.Can any one please advise if walking trousers and boots are generally thick enough to ward off the little blighters.
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Feb 19th, 2007, 11:37 AM
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I walked, then climbed the hillside between the towns in Cinque Terra and did not consider the fact that snakes were around this area, in July. I am also unhappy when I see a snake, to put it mildly. I did not encounter any on our hike and a definite hike it was! Relax about the snakes! Any recommendations for a villa for two,traveling with their beloved 5 pound maltipoo(dog),around Florence,Rada,Greve or somewhere in the Chianti Region? I do not want my pet eaten by snakes! Ha! PLB,wife of RLB
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Feb 19th, 2007, 11:48 AM
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In reading the theories regarding why people fear snakes, I remembered the experience I had as a five year old. The bully who lived behind my family, in a suburb of New Orleans,came up behind me and wrapped a snake around my neck.I still, at age 56, remember running until the snake fell off,which seemed like an eternity. Later snake encounters,included water skiing and being told to not move ,a snake was swimming across the ski rope.(water moccasin)I also rearranged a snake(blew it away),after climbing into a duck blind and it was perched in a bush next to me.I have been able to overcome my fear a bit,as a teacher on a field trip to the local zoo,I held a snake while seeing it to my students. PLB
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Feb 19th, 2007, 12:10 PM
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It's so weird that "snakes" are being discussed as if there were only one kind, when there are hundreds of varieties. Some are poisonous, some not, and there is a wide variety of behaviors too.

I do sympathize with anyone who has an extreme phobia about them, (I'm afraid of them too), but I've also seen quite a few over the years, some have crossed my path, and in response to Ira, I once found a large snakeskin that had been shed in the dryer of our vacation house while we weren't there for a few months. None of the snakes I've seen ever made any agressive move toward me at all, and most times, they just retreat into some crevice in the rocks or back into the grass when left alone.
On the Amalfi Coast, I have been advised by locals to carry a stick and sweep the grasses or whatever by the side of the path if I'm hiking up in the hills, as they say there might be snakes, but I've never seen one, just alot of cute lizards darting around. ANd I've done alot of hiking up there with out any problems.
I hope the OP will read up on the subject and try to get more comfortable by becoming more knowledgeable, although fear of snakes is just one of those irrational things. Where is Steve Irwin when we need him!
Good luck BarbMH , I 'm sure that by the second day in that villa, you'll relax and enjoy things easily!
Feb 21st, 2007, 06:26 PM
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Thanks, Bellastarr. That is my hope -- that I'll be able to forget about it when we're there. I already put everyone on notice not to try any practical jokes thinking it would be funny to watch me go bananas! They'd instead probably end up transporting me to the local hospital for heart failure. The more I read about places that I've visited where people have seen snakes (Positano, Australia, Florida), but water skiing!! Geez! That's bizarre. BTW, PLB -- Did you get any revenge against that little bully that put the snake around your neck?
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