Chondro, you made some valid points--well taken. I was only commenting on the fact that you stated that there "are no such thing as an aggressive snake". We could go around and around and around on this subject, and nit-pick it to death, and bring up all kinds of illustrations and examples. In my opinion, there are aggressive snakes--that is how I see it, and how it is defined by our dictionary use of it.
IMO, BTW, there is no difference between saying "which snake is most THREATENED" and "which snake is most DEFENSIVE"--they go hand in hand. Anything that is threatened will be defensive, and anything showing defensive tendencies is doing so because it feels threatened. Lets not chew this thing to death here, guys.
Good points made by each side--a good debate as well. I, for one, never turn down a good debate.