Why save snakes?
Is the only good snake a dead snake?
Not really. Snakes are misunderstood creatures that are often portrayed as the bad guys of the animal kingdom. According to a 2014 article by Grant Smith in Capesnakeconservation.com, they actually do a lot of good for the ecosystem, such as keeping rodent populations in check. They even help prevent Lyme disease, since they prey on the small rodents that carry it, said Jason Bittel in a 2013 article published in Huffington Post.
The shed skin of snakes are useful, too! Snake skins contain nutrients that cycle through food webs and eventually make their way back to the earth, and some bird species use them in building their nests.
Snakes are harmless in most cases, and the majority of the species found in the Philippines are not dangerous to humans, according to Leviton and colleagues in The Coral Triangle: The 2011 Hearst Philippines Biodiversity Expedition. Venomous or not, all snakes play an important role in the ecosystem and deserve to be treated with care.