“When you realize that only about two in over 100,000,000 persons die of snake bite in the United States, – that we have few venomous kinds of snakes in this country, and finally, that rational treatment is usually successful, you can see how foolish is the fear and hatred so often shown toward these really useful and handsome animals.” —Truman J. Moon, Biology for Beginners, p. 278 (published circa 1921)
The modern homicide rate is about 5.3 per 100,000 in the US, which is 5,300 per 100,000,000!!! Snakes are safer!!
The fatality rate in traffic accidents is 12.4 per 100,000 in the US, which is 12,400 per 100,000,000!!! Snakes are safer!!
Some modern snake-bite data: