Maybe the fact that the snake has been associated since antiquity with the Old Deceiver is one reason why most of us find these reptiles pretty repellent.
Ophidiophobia, or a fear of snakes, is very common and even some intrepid adventurers, such as Indiana Jones, break out in a muck sweat if they happened to come across one.
Some years ago (to be absolutely truthful, way back in the '90s), I collaborated with my friend, the composer David Hewson to create a recording of a disturbing little anecdote by the 19th Century American satirist and short story writer, Ambrose Bierce (famous for his scurrilous lexicon, The Devil's Dictionary) which may give you a few enjoyable creeps and – at the end of the tale (or tail) – possibly even raise a wry smile.
It is called...
The MAN and the SNAKE
Recording © Brian Sibley & David Hewson