The chinese Year of the Snake has special resonance for me and for many of my colleagues – based on the amount of celebratory email messages that have flooded my inbox to mark the prominent role of our favourite animals in 2013 as a snake biologist. So I have always been led to ponder: exactly what it really is about snakes that led Chinese tradition to allocate them an unique status as one of the 12 animal symbols inside their zodiac?
One clue towards the snake’s status arises from the expected characteristics of men and women created when you look at the 12 months of this Snake. The web sites we consulted with this subject had been contradictory – one web site stated that such individuals were ‘gregarious, introverted, large and dangerous’, a somewhat bewildering combination! Read More