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Snakes. Love them or loathe them, you’ve got to give them their dues. No other type of animal quite excites both our horror and fascination. Culturally they are often seen as the very embodiment of evil, yet lovers of snakes will attest to being absorbed by their cold charisma and sudden flashes of lethal movement. When a snake strikes, we peer into the jaws of nature at its most beastly in the jiffy before its jaws sink into flesh – and you better hope not yours. Yet part of what intrigues us is not only their deadly quality and the toxic venom many species are armed with; no part of it is their amazing adaptability. The image of thousands of serpents writhing in a pit slithers to mind, a la Raiders of the Lost Ark, but snakes can be found almost anywhere on our planet – land, sea or air.