Why aren't babies afraid of snakes?

The emotion of fear is essential for humans to survive. So why is it that babies have no fear of snakes?

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Presenter: The emotion of fear is a vital survival mechanism, designed to protect our body's inner balance, a first line of defence against potential threats, even before they’ve struck. The strange thing is, we aren't born with it. For the first few months of our lives, we're quite literally fearless. Our ability to identify things that can threaten our survival is something we learn from those around us. That's why some of our fears are rational ...:

Woman 1: I'm terrified of sharks.

Woman 2: Very quick-moving rodents.

Teenage girl: I'm really, really scared of spiders.

Presenter: ... but others are not:

Girl: Monsters.

Boy 1: Vampires.

Teenage boy: Giant squids.

Boy 2: /dɔk/. Very, very big /dɔk/. (It is not clear whether he is saying 'dark', 'duck' or 'dog'.)

Presenter: You're scared of the dark or a duck?

Boy 2: A duck.

Presenter: A duck?!

Boy 2: (laughs)

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Submitted by CorvidaeSapiens on Tue, 30/03/2021 - 08:37

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That depends on the snake. If it were tame, or its fangs have been trimmed, I would let a child touch it. In any other case, probably not.

Submitted by Sarada Akurathi on Tue, 26/02/2019 - 09:35

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Definitely no. Even though the baby doesn't have fear about that, we know that snake is dangerous.

Submitted by Alvaro A on Wed, 07/11/2018 - 02:17

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Definitely no. Did they really put the baby with the snake? It seemed that he held on the animal tightly. That wasn't a good idea.

Submitted by sabrinette on Fri, 05/10/2018 - 16:18

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no!!! i will not let my baby in contact with snake, in first, because the snake is very dangerous and logically i protect my baby from any threats, in second personnally i am very terrified of snakes...it's my phobia...so i will automatically project this fear to my child.

Submitted by Caterina Siligardi on Thu, 27/09/2018 - 16:50

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No, because I can't know if it is dangerous or not. Anyway,I think snakes are viscid animals to the touch, so they make me disgust.

Submitted by Abfalter Cristian on Fri, 14/09/2018 - 15:37

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no way, even the snake isn't poisonous , the bite is very painful, especially for a little baby.

Submitted by diego.adad on Wed, 29/08/2018 - 01:26

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Sure! as long as it is not poisonous!

Submitted by miracheraa on Sun, 26/08/2018 - 23:04

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Personally, i wouldn't let my baby around snakes. That's very terrifying.

Submitted by sergo on Sat, 25/08/2018 - 16:26

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I think that it is normal when babby touches a snake, but it must be safe for babby

Submitted by Kareem Merlo on Thu, 16/08/2018 - 17:05

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Of course Yes..!! I have no problem that my little boy touches one

Submitted by Hala on Tue, 07/08/2018 - 21:39

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noway! I am also scared from snaks.

Submitted by Mesbahi Atika on Sat, 04/08/2018 - 18:02

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I love snakes so much, but I would let my baby touch a snake only in case I have been ensured that it is not poisonous

Submitted by Omer Gul on Thu, 02/08/2018 - 12:14

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No, I also hate snake.

Submitted by pio.perez on Thu, 02/08/2018 - 03:27

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If I know the snake isn't poisonous

Submitted by Thomas GUES on Tue, 31/07/2018 - 13:57

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The question has been put in the right way: We assume that the baby won't be alone! To answer the question above, I could let my baby touch a snake only if I've been ensured that that snake isn't dangerous and doesn't bite, and if a professional stay next to me.

Submitted by Omer khalid on Sun, 22/07/2018 - 22:03

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No .. I love it .

Submitted by Carlos Andrés … on Sat, 21/07/2018 - 01:24

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Well, I guess I would do it only if the snake is not poisonous. I think kids need to experience the most in their early age. That's a convenient way to stimulate their brain and learning skills.
Hi Carlos, I strongly agree with you. And apparently, as the video shows us, the bounderies beetwen dangerous and harmless things have to be set from an early age.

Submitted by Marianac2018 on Thu, 19/07/2018 - 23:22

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No, because i’m fear of snakes. It’s difficulty my baby touch in snake.

Submitted by NikolayB on Thu, 19/07/2018 - 15:33

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Why not))) But only not dangerous of course.

Submitted by Ega on Thu, 19/07/2018 - 13:13

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very good and i love this much
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