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World Snake Day - July 16
Tue, Jul 16, 2024

World Snake Day

How many species of snakes do you think are on the planet? To find the answer, join the celebration of World Snake Day. Celebrated annually on July 16, it is dedicated to raising people’s awareness of the more than 3.5 thousand species of snakes. Many people are afraid of reptiles, but their fears are only partially justified, because snakes, as a rule, do not attack first.

The History

The snake is one of the oldest creatures on earth. Scientists believe that they descended from lizards that lived from 174 to 163 million years ago. Experts note reptiles are charming and often do not receive worthy recognition. Even a traitor is called a snake. World Snake Day has a noble mission – to change people’s attitude towards snakes and learn to understand them.

Interesting Facts

  • The oldest snake is found in England; it lived 167 million years ago.
  • The snake was often mentioned in ancient myths and different religions. Satan took the form of a serpent to appear to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
  • The myths of Ireland also mention snakes. In the 5th century, Saint Patrick climbed a hill, where he fasted for 40 days, and here he had to repel the snake attacks. For protection, St. Patrick waved his staff, and the snakes fled into the sea.
  • Also, a demon in the form of a snake is mentioned in Chinese mythology.

How to take part

Try to change your mind about snakes and be sure to share the holiday on social media. Visit the nearest zoo, or even better – a terrarium where snakes live. Such a family trip will instill respect for reptiles in children, teach them to appreciate snakes and to handle them carefully. Post interesting material about snakes on social networks, invite children to draw a snake, or think up a good fairy tale about it.

When is World Snake Day celebrated in 2024?

World Snake Day is observed on July 16 each year.

Observations

Weekday Month Day Year
Tuesday July 16 2024
Wednesday July 16 2025
Thursday July 16 2026