According to my mom (who is also afraid of them): "Snakes are demons of the devil. Do toi ever see any good pictures of snakes? No. Do toi ever see any pictures of hell that don't have snakes? No. They came from the depths of hell to terrorize the planet. They're disgusting, slithering creatures that do nothing but harm us. And that, honey, is why I don't want toi touching the snakes in the backyard. They're icky-poo."