Amphibians Reptiles

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Snakes and Crawling Critters

horned toadiconIn common folk lore, snakes and serpents have long been considered to represent the battle between good and evil. Because snakes shed their skin through the process of moulting, they are considered to be symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. Some of the oldest rituals and fables are about snakes.


Reptiles and Amphibians appear in folk art from Biblical tales where plagues of frogs rained down upon Egypt (Exodus 8:6) to medieval convictions that frog were witches "familiars" and symbol of the devil, to myschevious toads and frogs that decorate totem poles in the Pacific Northwest. Frogs and toads literally fill the pages of folklore and fairy tales in many cultures. The earliest frog story is attributed to Aesop, a slave of Phrygian origin who lived on Samos, a Greek island in the eastern Aegean Sea. Aesop is said to have authored many fables, including "The Frogs Who Desired a King" a political allegory and one of the 38 Aesop's fables.


Reptiles and Amphibians

In Scotland the frog is considered a sign of good luck. Ancient Egyptions worshipped the frog-goddess and considered the frog to be a symbol of life and fertility. Native Americans saw the frog as the guardian of all the Earth's fresh water springs and wetlands.

Large Crocodiles, Alligators and Caimans are very dangerous to humans and kill hundreds of people every year in south-east Asia and Africa. In ancient Egypt Sobek, the crocodile/Nile god, was part of creation mythology. Because the crocodile is so dangerous to humans who worked or traveled on the Nile, ancient Egyptians prayed to Sobek, for protection from being attacked by crocodiles. The crocodile god Sobek appears in Eqyptian artworks depicted as both an ordinary crocodile, and as a man with the head of a crocodile. The Sobek is usually depicted holding an ankh to represent his ability to undo evil and cure illness.