The "serpent" seems to have played a pivotal role in the temptation of Adam, and received a curse from the LORD.
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
Over and over, snakes are used and abused.
They will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Yet, they were around way before any Jewish Tribe
They were talking in parseltongue...mind to mind. You don't believe in magic snakes!??
Snakes are cool. I don't want to handle them, but that goes for all wild animals.
I quite like snakes. Not to the point where I would like one as a pet, but as an admirational sort of like. As long as they don't eat my face off, of course - that's another story.
Snakes are fascinating creatures. I will not go out of my way to harm one.
I did say earlier they can make good pets. They won't be constantly active llike dogs and cats and ferrets, but they can be gentle.
In the wild, I'd give any unknown species a wide berth just in case it's venomous. Here, ignorance is not that much of an issue. If it isn't a rattler, it's not venmous. Actually the only snakes I ever see in the wild here are garter snakes, including one just a few months ago near my house. I hope it's hibernating very well; our temperatures here were bouncing up and down around zero F (-15 to -20 or so C) for a few days last week.
Is the snake behind a glass cage, then I like to look at it. Has the snake poisonous venom, keep it away from me. That's how I feel about snakes