On St. Patrick's Day, here's the real reason Ireland has no snakes

March 17, 2015 12:07 PM

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On St. Patrick's Day, here's the real reason Ireland has no snakes

Tuesday marks St. Patrick's Day, named after the 5th-century missionary who was famous for banishing all of the snakes from Ireland. With staff in hand, the Christian preacher cast the slithering critters into the sea, never to return – at least that's the story.

The Emerald Isle is indeed one of very few places in the world without snakes, not counting the few serpents kept in zoos or as pets. But can an ancient saint really take credit for Ireland's curious lack of snakes?

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