Perceptions of Reptiles and Amphibians Through History
Reptiles and amphibians play vital roles in an ecological community. Reptiles, snakes in particular, have long been perceived negatively. Many people have a fear of snakes, even those that are non-venomous. Conversely, many people enjoy seeing snakes in their natural habitats and accept their place in the environment. For some, snakes are an object of collection and trade, making them vulnerable to poaching and illegal trade around the world. Amphibians may not bring danger or fear but are still viewed by some with apprehension.
Historically, reptiles have been used in symbology and myth, often representing power, wisdom, rebirth, and as a symbol for medicine. Turtles typically represent longevity and stability, often seen in various cultures’ creation stories.