The only way to combat the bad publicity that every article about a drunken hillbilly being bitten by his pet cobra generates is to get more people educated about snakes. If kids and the public in general have exposure to the harmless snakes that form the vast majority of species on the planet there won't be so many ignorant, negative opinions. I sometimes wonder if some of us, the herpers, aren't also affected by this ignorance and superstition. Most snakes aren't any more fragile or dangerous than a house cat but here we are worrying about the repercussions from the distant possibility of a notoriously tame and completely harmless snake. If we, the people with the knowledge, treat these totally harmless creatures as if they were a menace then how can we expect the uneducated to think of them differently?
I feel a little light headed... maybe you should drive...