A snake twisted around a tree branch at the Georgia Aquarium.
In the West, snakes are perceived to be deceitful, crafty and evil creatures. After all, the Biblical story of the fall of man was caused by a snake. In some cultures, snakes are fertility symbols, they symbolize the umbilical cord joining all humans to Mother Earth, while some worshiped this reptile as guardians of mysteries of birth and regeneration. Snakes are also associated with wisdom, perhaps due to their behavior and facial features (e.g. unblinking, lidless eyes) that seemed to imply that they are intelligent, that they plan their actions as they prepare to strike, and that they live by reason and not by instinct.
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