It's amazing to see the perceptual differences between cultures when it comes to animals. I think it's sad that in our Western, mostly secular society that pretends to be so advanced and civilized snakes in particular are still often treated with contempt. In the southern US snake wrangling is still practiced and thousands of snakes die every time one of these things are held. I don't think this has anything to do with the Christian history of this society. Satan takes the form of a snake in the Bible (wonder what species?) but the Bible also tells us that men are "stewards of the earth" meaning it is our planet to use and protect.
I feel a little light headed... maybe you should drive...