Originally Posted by Snake_Lady
I know that some people have extreme fears of snakes. I had a friend in one of my college courses who could not be in the room when I did my powerpoint presentation on reptiles due to the snake pics.
I got thinking..... and was wondering for the people on here that may be afraid of snakes:
Does my avatar bother you???
To be honest- I'm TERRIFIED of snakes. Have been since I was a young kid who got bitten by a snake BUT don't have any memory of it.
Here's what my parents told me- we were out on a picnic and my brother found a snake and brought it over to show us. I reached out to touch it on the head, it bit one of my fingers, my brother panicked and pulled the snake away. The problem was that the fangs were still in the finger so my finger got ripped up pretty good. I am now 38 and still have scars on my finger from that. Parents took me to the hospital along with the snake. After a few hours of dithering from a doctor who was too scared to get the snake to bite a test thingie to identify if it was poisonous, another doctor walked in and asked what was going on. After he got the explanation, he told the first doctor that the snake wasn't poisonous because if it was, I'd be dead by then. YIKES. Could you believe that??
About 10 years later, i was at a birthday party and the birthday girl was showing us her new pet which was a snake. I heard about the snake and was really excited to see and touch but the minute I saw the snake, I started screaming my head off and freaking out. I just couldn't explain why. My mom was called to come get me since I couldn't calm down and that's when she told me what had happened.
About two weeks ago, I was in Petsmart waiting in line to buy some cat food and as I looked behind me in the line, I realized a teenager girl was holding a SNAKE with her parents! I tried to quietly move away from her without making a scene but couldn't leave since I hadn't paid yet. Unfortunately, she kept moving closer to me in the line. I am ASHAMED to say that I finally lost it and yelled at her to get that snake away from me ASAP. I was literally shaking and couldn't wait to get out of the store. It was a pretty big scene since 3 workers were trying to calm me down. The poor girl didn't mean to bother me- she didn't know I was scared of snakes but I just couldn't take having that snake that close to me. Rationally, I KNEW that snake was harmless but...
To answer your question, yes, your avator does bother me BUT I try not to look at the picture since it's YOUR avator.