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During the history of the UK, why didn't England, Scotland & Wales never copy Ireland & remove all the wild snakes from all the UK?

asked in history, snakes, uk

Topaz2308 answers:

The problem with this fable is that Ireland never had snakes in the first place as in the ice age when snakes spread Ireland was and island but the UK was still attached to France. So the snakes were able to cross country into England but not able to get to Ireland.

The snakes anyway are suspected actually to be a pagan symbol and the story of St Patrick driving the snakes out is a metaphor for driving the pagan religion out of Ireland.

Attached link to show how the UK was attached to France

The fable of St Patrick

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wumpus answers:

Ireland was joined to the UK by a land bridge, which finally became submersed in the sea around 12,000 years ago.
The ice age didn't end until around 10,000 years ago.

Since snakes are cold blooded, they need warmth to survive.

The ice age would have killed off any snakes which may already have been in Ireland.
After the ice age, Ireland was separated from the UK and mainland Europe so no more snakes could get across.

Sources : http://www.wesleyjohnston.com/users/ireland/past/pre_norman_history/iceage.html

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reactivated answers:

can i add to, Moles neither live in Ireland either.

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