I admit, I'm also afraid of snakes, neither is my GF
On a trip to Arizona a few years back, my GF and I came across a fellow with a snake exhibit on the main street of a town I've since forgotten the name of.
I dared my GF that I'd pick one up and hold it. Sure enough I did and it was perfectly fine. I then dared her to do the same, and she did.
After decades of ophiophobia, she was finally cured.
Several months later she still recalls how horrified she was when she picked up the snake for the first time, but how much better she feels about them now.
When she told her mother about it (also not a fan of snakes), her first response was:
"what are you, crazy or stupid?"