Lots of Arizona Diamond Backs in them there desert hills.
Is this riskier than "handle your snakes"? Perhaps, but it has alot more support from the words of Jesus and the description of love fournd in I Cor. 13. Love seeks not its own, it acts out of the love God places in the art and includes the persons before us, friend or enemy, and God says it is the most God like of qualities and practices.
You can have your snakes, Southern Appalachian faith dude preachers. I will follow Jesus in the way of the cross, in the way of love for mankind.