I guess it could be said that I have transformed as a human being since I no longer completely freak out when I see a snake. I used to be terrified of them. A friend once said that snakes are so perfect - there is something incredibly fluid about them that always induced terror in me.
Now here in Auroville there are snakes galore - but they mostly stay to themselves and we humans go about our business without much interaction with them - snakes are afraid of people and go away when we stomp around. That being said, the snakes do go after livestock such as chicks, hens and eggs so we do not want too many around the house. Kids all run around in bare feet, and tend to know what to watch out for. There are cobras that are important to stay away from, a very venomous breed called the common krait, black and white striped rat snakes and lots of friendly tree snakes.
A large cobra was spotted in our neighbour's house a couple of days ago, where it engaged in a long staring contest with their cat (a friend was able to film it on her cellphone). In the end both went their merry ways. I was totally OK to have missed that encounter.
Then yesterday a friendly tree snake came right up to our kitchen and hung around for a nice long while. Sorry - couldn't resist the pun.