I had understood the puff adder to be one of the most dangerous snakes in the world; apparently, it kills more than thirty thousand people each year. From which I had concluded that it must be very aggressive, and liable to bite you if you step near it, let alone on it. If someone claimed you could step on one and not be bitten, I would've considered that a far-fetched claim requiring proof.

So I was utterly astonished to see this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7sDgwC30y0&list=PLifclHMpE23RlGN4QNZbK6OSPOV6oFE3d&index=3&ab_channel=AlJazeeraEnglish

(the relevant section is the couple of minutes starting at 11:11)

which shows what appears to be just such proof!

Is the man telling the truth, that the thirty thousand fatalities per year, were all from trying to grab a puff adder with their bare hands? If not, what's going on? Was that particular snake just trained to be tame? Is it really representative of what they will typically do?

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    Timestamped link for those that want it: youtu.be/…
    – bob1
    Jul 20 at 4:11
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    Most snakes want nothing to do with people, and just want them to go away. Their venom is metabolically hard to make, and best used on actual prey.
    – Jon Custer
    Jul 20 at 12:54
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    It depends on the situation. I accidently stepped on a copperhead once , it was a cool morning and he made no effort to strike. I thought it was a garden hose when I felt it ( did not see it). About a half hour later ,I encouraged him with a stick to leave the yard. Jul 20 at 14:58


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