Defeating My Snake Phobia

Carolyn Cordon
5 min readMar 25, 2022

Snakes and I have had a challenging time together, from nothing at all together, to not liking them, to being phobic about them, and now, back to not liking them around my place, but OK about them other times.

Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

I live in South Australia, rural South Australia in fact, and I am a dog owner. My dogs most recently, before my current one, had been Pharaoh Hounds, a breed of dog that was bred to be a hunter, a hunter of rabbits in Malta in fact.

Dogs and snakes don’t go together well, especially the kind of snake that is sometimes around our place, Brown Snakes, which are highly poisonous, fatally so, in fact, if they bite, and you can’t ge the needed medical treatment in time.

If our last Pharaoh Hound, Missy saw a snake at our place, she would try to kill it. It’s happened before, and will go on happening with my current dog, Lenny, who I’ve written about here:

If Lenny were to see a snake, he’d try to catch it for sure. Lenny is a Greyhounds, a sight hound, and hunting is what sight hounds do, They see it, they chase it, and if they catch it, they will try to kill it, it’s in their genes, it’s their most enjoyable thing in life!

It was in our old dog’s genes too, the chase, the hunt, the kill. Missy was slowing…



Carolyn Cordon

Writer & Presenter — Poetry, prose, blogging, editor Mallala Crossroad Chronicle. Words are my tools, I use them well!