It's genetic, science shows.
Julia Dixon, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, thinks snakes have a bad rap, and said her agency spends time defending snakes. ...Ya know, by the time a snake gets close enough for me to look into its eyes, I'll be far, far away.
Dixon said the easiest way to identify dangerous snakes in Virginia is to look into their eyes.
Even the book of Genesis (v. 3.15) recognizes that human beings can't stand snakes.