botanydave wrote:Red & Blacks (Milk Snakes) are used a lot in horrible Hollywood movies involving [supposedly dangerous] snakes, because no one is supposed to be able to tell the difference.
The funniest offender, IMHO, was "Snakes On A Plane", which at one point used a Boelen's Python as a "dangerous snake", when in reality, the most damage it could do would be if it were in a plane full of herpers, who would promptly all murder each other over who gets to keep it. It was like seeing a horror movie where someone's running in terror from The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg, or if Freddy Krueger made you dream of driving a Ferrari.
Mental Mouse wrote:Even a constrictor of the depicted size could squeeze her arm hard enough to cut off the blood flow, and she'd probably need her buddy's help to pry it off. Also, even a constrictor's bite hurts, let alone if it turns out you're allergic to reptile saliva.
Booze once again solves everything: snakes cannot stand the taste. If one bites and hangs on, just splash anything fairly alcoholic into its mouth (including Listerine), and it'll let go immediately. I can personally attest that it works for snakes up to 12 feet long, even if they're in "feeding mode" (as opposed to defensive bites).
All snakes are actually venomous, just those that kill by constriction have repurposed their venom glands to produce a mucus that makes their food slide down easier, the mucus still contains traces of venom (see bottom left factoid: http://qi.com/infocloud/snakes
Yeah, but that's stretching the definition of "venomous" to ridiculous extremes, and Fry's gotten a fair bit of pushback on that.
Copper Bezel wrote:Well, bright colors don't do anything by themselves - unless there's another species around that can back up the threat.
Actually, a variety of species use them as "flash colors" (to startle predators) or to confuse predators about the location of the head. A few even use them for camouflage, particularly against dappled lighting on the forest floor or hidden among flowers.
"With malleus aforethought, mammals got an earful of their ancestor's jaw" - J. Burns, Biograffiti