Despite, or maybe in addition to, all this, now we read that “Scientists performed surgery on the hoods of cobras to determine how ribs turned into hood bones and rib muscles turned into hood muscles. A number of the snakes awoke from anesthesia during the surgery, which the scientists found ‘disconcerting’.”
That is disconcerting, but I’m thinking even more so for the snakes. How would you like to wake up during surgery? Surgery, by the way, performed by a species much advanced beyond your snake-ness. (Or so we think.) I’m thinking all those folks who’ve been nabbed by aliens and abducted to spaceships, then poked and prodded over the years might have some opinion here.