Snakes here in Australia do not inherently have aggressive natures, and in general are quite timid. Their instinct is to take the ‘flee’ as opposed to the ‘fight’ option. They will not chase you, however they will warn you to leave them alone by flattening out their necks and using an ‘S’ shaped stance to allow themselves to appear larger.
Humans are not a food source for snakes, therefore they will only consider biting out of self-defence, not aggression.
Understanding a snake’s behaviour will help to reduce fears and develop a respect and understanding of what you should do if you encounter one.
Reptiles are ectothermic, meaning their body heat comes from external sources (such as the sun or a heated rock surface) giving them energy, further allowing them to digest their food. During winter snakes become inactive by depressing their metabolism, and will hide away dormant until warmer weather approaches. During spring, snakes emerge from brumation becoming more active as they go on search for food and their chance to reproduce.
No, actually they feel gorgeous. Many first time experiences result in a smile and a “wow, I had no idea they feel like that!”.