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Following is an excerpt from an article appearing in LiveScience:

Fear of snakes is one of the most common phobias, yet many people have never seen a snake in person. New research suggests humans have evolved an innate tendency to sense snakes — and spiders, too — and to learn to fear them. Psychologists found that both adults and children could detect images of snakes among a variety of non-threatening objects more quickly than they could pinpoint frogs, flowers or caterpillars. The researchers think this ability helped humans survive in the wild.

My question is: Is the fear of and enmity towards snakes inherent in human beings an after-effect of the curse which fell on the serpent in Eden? Do the teachings of Catholic Church discuss this issue?

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