SUPERSTITIONS AND MYTHS THAT SURROUND REPTILES
There have always been superstitions and fears regarding reptiles and snakes. From biblical days, we've been fearful of the serpent. Snake cults run rampant in many parts of the world, and snake charmers use snakes in baskets as part of their acts. We as a nation are fearful of reptiles.
There are more than 8,000 species of reptiles in the world, inhabiting every continent except Antarctica. Reptiles are air-breathing, cold-blooded animals that have backbones. They are grouped in four categories: turtles and tortoises; crocodiles and alligators; tuataras (a type of lizard); and snakes, lizards and amphibians.
There have been tons of superstitions about frogs in past. We've all heard the one about kissing a frog and turning him into a prince from our childhood days. I don't know if any of us have ever had the nerve to try it, however! Did you know that some people believe you can use a frog to cure warts? Some people believe a frog can predict the weather also!
If you are going to break into somebody's house, be sure to throw a toad into your pocket! It is believed that it will protect you from being caught! Watch for toads on that new moon, they can be turned into witches!
There is no creature more widely found in mythology than snakes and serpents. Even Harry Potter was able to speak "Parcel Tongue" to the snakes in the popular children's series of recent years. The bible mentions the serpent not in a favorable light. "The vermin is cruel and can kill you." (Deut. 32:33) so it is no wonder we have so many superstitions surrounding serpents!
Everyone knows the story of the tortoise and the hare! If you remember right, the tortoise is known for his slowness. As I say, "Slow and steady wins the race!" In ancient Greek and Roman times, the tortoise was a fertility symbol!
Do you want good luck? Back in Victorian England, snake rings dotted with ruby eyes were popular wedding rings! The coils winding into the center symbolized eternity! What a weird wedding band!
Reptiles have been on this earth much longer than we humans have been on the earth, and there are many, many superstitions dating back to the cave man days, I'm sure! Many of them bear some form of truth and fear followed. Fear is a great source of superstition. Once fear takes over, superstition is stretched so out of proportion that it is fabricated into something that isn't anything close to being realistic anymore. Snakes can be dangerous creatures, but they are also beautiful. They are meant to be respected and enjoyed from a distance!