The common house snake, also known as the wolf snake (Latin name: Lycodon capucinus), is well named. It likes to hang out in and around houses. It is not at all unusual to find them in many areas of Southeast Asia. Even the name “wolf” suits it well because of its jagged, backwards facing fangs.
The home range for these about-2ft [60cm] long snakes ranges from the Maldives and India through Thailand, up to Hong Kong and out onto the Philippine and Indonesian islands. They’ve even moved onto Christmas Island off the coast of Australia.
One of the most informative pages I ran across on this snake is from a snake rescue group in India. (Those are some really brave people!) They point out that when a call comes in to “get rid” of one of these house snakes, they’ll go out to check, but they don’t remove the snake from the area. Instead, they teach the locals that if this snake is gone, a cobra or something similar might move in. They show the people that having a harmless neighbor eating their little pests sure beats a void where dangerous snakes might take over. (It seems like there is a godly principle that teaches us about the dangers of a void…)
In areas where there aren’t nice, older houses with lots of cracks and tight spaces (like behind the electric box) to spend the day hiding, these snakes will climb into trees or hide under or in rocks. The reason they like people’s houses so much is because their favorite foods live in our homes too. House snakes will eat the occasional mouse or frog, but their favorite meal is a tasty gecko or skink. They are nocturnal, so their food (except mice) is sleepy when the snake is hungry.
To eat, house snakes will grab hold of their prey and just hang on until it stops struggling. No painkiller with venom for them, just brute force. Now we get to the interesting part. I ran into a detailed study of how their mouth works to allow them to do this will hard-skinned lizards (page 4 has a cool photo of the upper jaw).
If these snakes had ordinary jaws like most animals have, they would starve. Their food would escape sort of like a pencil does when you try to cut it with scissors. So, how did God help them survive (and keep the lizard population in check)? He made their jaws and teeth quite different from ours.
Lots of animals have backwards pointing teeth to keep their lunch from squirming away from them. House snakes have these teeth. They also have really downward tipped front jaws. This allows them to get a good grip on their meal without it escaping.
Now, how would an ‘evolving’ snake survive during the vast amount of time they claim it takes for animals to develop new features? This is a much smaller change than most, but it gives you the idea.
A snake with just a touch of these special teeth and jaw position would still lose most of its prey and would starve before having a chance to have a baby with a tiny bit better jaw and tooth alignment. If it managed to survive by eating softer things like frogs, why would it care about changing its teeth and jaws in the first place? There isn’t a logical way to explain how you get from point A to point B in an evolutionary world. You have to just believe that it happened despite the facts.
That’s why we say that it takes as much, or more, faith to be an evolutionist than to believe in the Creator God designing them this way to start out with.
Lord, all living things depend on you. You give them food at the right time. You give it, and they eat it. They are filled with good food from your open hands. Psalm 104:27,28 Easy-to-read Version
Today was a rare day where I wasn’t already chomping at the bit to share something with you. So I decided to see what the Institute for Creation Research is actively investigating right now. If you want a short overview, you can check out ICR’s Bio-Origins Research and it’s mini-links to the four special areas they are looking into. By the time this decade is up we should have a lot of information to help us stand strong in our belief in a single Creator with many similar but separate designs.
What really got me excited was a sort-of-technical article from ICR: Conservation ethics based on evolution that talked about human population and the earth’s ability to support us all. I don’t know how much you’ve heard about the “overpopulation crisis,” but not so long ago it was very popular to be frightened of the human pest problem on earth. It still is popular in some circles.
So what’s the problem with more little people running around? Water, food, medicine, jobs. Some people believe that there is just so much to go around, so if I have more, you will have less. Now, this is a Creation Science site, not a political one, but sometimes these things interact. The truth is, if we could stop destroying our own homeland and our neighbors, there wouldn’t be a problem. If we would pass along God’s blessings as we are able and help one another rather than grabbing all we can for ourselves, there wouldn’t be a problem.
Less you think I’m a raving leftist, it’s not Americans who shop at Wal-Mart that I’m talking about, it’s militias that hold their own countries’ citizens under their thumbs and communistic thinking that the earth is ours to exploit that is far more of a problem. Apparently this isn’t something that many people want to admit anymore, but I did run into a book called Ecocide in the USSR that is willing to talk about that fallen government’s horrible care for its land and people.
The thing that I wanted to bring out to you is the difference Worldview has on our care for the land and our fellow man. China has been trying to cure its problems by murdering tiny babies before they are born. But is this the only way to handle such problems? Have a look at these pages:
- Amazing Pictures of the Pollution in China (if you are squeamish, don’t scroll more than a 1/4 down)
- Arable (farmable) land idle as farmers work in cities of China, “it is likely that most of the idle land in rural areas will be developed for construction, instead of being used as farmland.”
Don’t tell me you’re in big trouble because you have just too many people to try to feed. I didn’t realize what I had discovered at the time, but if you look at the Chinese Flood legend, you will find how old this thinking is. For 1000s of years, the Chinese people have believed that babies dying and people being unable to have children were blessings given them to prevent another horrible flood. They have thought God’s command was a curse for a very long time.
Now, to show you a different way to think about people and the land, have a look at Israel. Israel has a population density of 803 people per square mile (sorry, I don’t know the metric equivalent) while China has a density of 365psm. Any way you slice it, people are packed in a lot closer in Israel than in China. Yet the only food stuff that they don’t manage to grow enough of to feed themselves is grain. How do they do that without forcing their moms to only have one child or destroying their environment? All while living in one of the driest areas of the world!
I rather liked what this article has to say about how Israel can help India (one of the world’s most densely populated countries) feed their people. Their opening paragraph talks about how Israel combines all its areas of study to help produce the most food in the smallest space. They are very good at using a little bit water and all of this requires only a few people to spend their time growing it.
- Israel’s Agriculture in photos (I especially like the huge upside down tomato plants)
- The Bible is guiding Israel’s care for their land (very good article, please don’t miss this one!)
- Communistic (and even our own) governments’ unconcern for pollution you can read this article: Why Socialism Causes Pollution
- The environmental effects of war on the world and people
And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. Genesis 1:28,29
And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. Genesis 9:1-3,7
And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 14:22,23