Peter Scanavino, a professor of animal behavior at the University of Michigan, and his colleagues decided to test the validity of the idea that snakes could be dangerous.
Their study involved the release of six wild snakes into a small container in a laboratory.
The snakes were allowed to eat the worms that were attached to the containers, then released back into the wild, where they could potentially bite people.
The results, published in PLOS ONE on May 15, 2016, were surprising: Most of the snakes survived, but some did.
A total of 16 out of 36 snakes tested did.
This suggests that snakes may actually be more friendly than people think, Scanavinos team said.
Scanavinos team also found that snakes do not like people, but that the snakes do have a natural defense against people who eat their own.
“The idea that you can just bite someone to get rid of a snake, we didn’t find that to be the case,” Scanavinas team leader Robert L. Jones, a veterinary physician at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, said in a press release.
“There was a significant amount of hostility, and this was in response to a person eating the snake.”
So, maybe snakes are actually more dangerous than we thought?
The team says they have found the same results with snakes from other animals, including humans.
They did not find evidence that they are more aggressive toward humans than other animals.
“In addition to our findings in this study, we found a similar pattern in a number of other studies in snakes, with a few notable exceptions,” the team wrote in their press release about their results.
The researchers did not take into account other possible interactions between humans and snakes, such as the fact that humans are more likely to eat snakes, and that snakes are more poisonous than other reptiles.
“As such, these results do not exclude the possibility that snakes can be more aggressive than we previously thought,” the press release said.
“Although we found no significant differences in snake bite response, we did observe an increase in venom tolerance among snakes and in avoidance behavior by snakes in our studies.”
Other studies also showed that snakes were more aggressive when people ate them, the press note.
However, there is some evidence that snakes aren’t so dangerous.
A 2011 study in the journal Behavioral Ecology found that in the wild animals that eat humans, such humans are likely to attack other animals in the group, and kill them.
It also found “no evidence for snakes becoming aggressive or aggressive toward other animals.”
This study may explain why, despite being found to be more dangerous, there are so many snakes in the world.
This image from a 2010 study showed how wild snakes are seen in nature.
The snake in this image was released in a container.
They are generally harmless, and some are dangerous, according to researchers.
But many, like this one, have a “fierce personality,” so they don’t seem to be all that scary, Jones told ABC News.
But this image from another study found that when wild snakes were released in cages, they tended to attack the cage itself.
They were even more aggressive if they got stuck inside.
The study’s authors wrote that this behavior could be a response to social pressure, and it could be due to the fact these snakes were being kept in captivity.
“Many snakes have been released in the United States and the rest of the world as a result of efforts to prevent snake-bite deaths,” the researchers wrote.
“However, there remains considerable debate as to whether the presence of snakes in these environments may be a deterrent to snake-biting and to the subsequent deaths.”
The authors of the study wrote that their results “are not likely to be a definitive explanation for why snakes are dangerous or to explain their presence in the human population.”
What do you think?
Is there any truth to the idea of snakes being more dangerous to people than we think?
Are snakes dangerous?
Do you think they should be eaten?