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People generally don’t like snakes. They are the creatures closest to the mythological dragons that terrified our ancestors. There is apparently a primordial fear rooted deep in the ancient amygdala part of the human brain that causes us to react in alarm if we unexpectedly come across a snake. Generally, the reaction is geared towards survival, triggering the fight or flight syndrome and we don’t like things that cause us this level of anxiety. But Samantha Cumming has overcome this natural barrier and has developed a passion for these creatures that she wants to share. This is her story.

My journey into reptiles, specifically snakes, started about 5 years ago when I attended a snake demonstration hosted by Neville and Helen from Ndlondlo Reptile Park...


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