There are other things that trigger certain natural and instinctual responses from us. I have been called over at work to look at a rattle snake that turned out to be a Black Racer, shaking his tail while trying to swallow a skink. My neighbor asked me to remove a pygmy rattler that turned out to be a Hog Nose snake. I had to remove a coral snake from a young lad who believed it to be a king snake. I guess that would be a situation where dyslexia could bite you. Remember, red touches yellow can kill a fellow.
For all there carrying on though, the striking, the tail shaking and coiling up, it is mostly bluff, but it works well to keep other animals away. Unfortunately, with humans though, they escalate all these responses to the irrational and from that justify the destruction of something that actually serves a purpose. Snakes are marvelous animals and God's creation so I would ask you to do this: take another look at snakes. You may find them to be more beautiful, necessary, and interesting than you ever imagined. Even the venomous.