Friday, April 17, 2009

Snakes Alive!!!

Qantas Airlines was forced to cancel flights yesterday due to four baby pythons that had escaped on a passenger plane in Australia. Yikes! This is all too familiar with Samuel L. Jackson's movie, Snakes on a Plane.

Granted, the baby pythons were only a half foot long, they did not pose a threat as the pheromone laced snakes in the movie. But, the very thought of these little guys loose on a plane is enough to send shivers up and down my spine. You see, I suffer from snake phobia.

Then why on earth do I live in the middle of the desert where the Western Diamondback Rattler is king? Trust me, I ask myself this question daily especially now when snakes are making their way from their winter dens. I even believe these creatures hold conventions and pass around my picture as "the" perfect victim. They are all out there laying and waiting for me to walk by so they can get their jollies by scaring the shit out of me.

Just who do they think they are? They coil up and strike the classic pose which makes my heart race, gives me tunnel vision and causes me to wet my pants. I won't even walk where grass is any higher than my ankles for fear there is not just one snake, but at least 30. And, they are all waiting there just for me.

Anyway, when I read the news of the lost snakes yesterday, I thought about how these snakes go from eating a small mouse to eventually swallowing a baby hippo. Good googly moogly! Now just where did these snakes go? And, is it so common that snakes are transported by passenger airliners? Well, snakes or no snakes, I'll never fly again.

I rest my case.


  1. You do like snakes.

    You like trouser snakes.

    Admit it ;)

  2. Fine, I get the point! I'm zipping up now!

  3. That scene cracks me up everytime. We have a lot of snakes around here too. I'm not afraid of them if I just don't step on one before I see him. I've done that before. Geez!

  4. I can't see the pic or video here at work.
    Snakes spiders.. creepy crawlies don't bother me. I have had pet rat snakes, garden snakes, corn snakes. Yeah I'm a freak.

  5. I would be much more freaked out about spiders on a plane. I think I would probably just jump out, actually, parachute or no parachute.

  6. As I said on BC, great minds DO think alike, Margo! This was a great story and gave me a nice laugh today too.

    I'm so happy to know that I'm not the only phobic out there (I couldn't even imagine seeing that movie, 'Snakes on a Plane.' Ick!


  7. @ Mike - I ain't admittin' to nuthin'! ;)

    @ Douglas Dyer - Thanks!

    @ Don - Steeping on them! OMG, call the air-evac, I've just had a heart attack.

    @ dizzblnd - Oh, I played with the little green garden snakes as a kid. It's the snakes that can kill you that I freak out about. Do check out Samuel L on the video when you get home.

    @ Shawn - Spiders don't bother me unless they are bigger than me. I'd jump too if that were the case.

  8. @ Melinda - Yes, great minds do think alike and, I guess, misery does love company. Thanks for stopping by today!

  9. I guess we have all played around with snakes when we were young. My brother use to like the cat and snake action. We would have to take the snake from around it's neck. My sisters cat.
    Now a rattler. Forget it.
    Thanks for visiting Grampys.

  10. I loved that video.. Them MF snakes on the MFin plane. I LOVE it

  11. GREAT googly moogly even. I hate a damn snake. They scare the bejeezus out of me. And after watching that movie, and now reading this post, I'm not too crazy about planes either.

  12. Why do u hate snakes so much??
    I dont understand why people talk of snakes like this... I am copying some stuff from a post hoping u think different after reading this-----" wonder why they are so feared of and hated. I find it really hard to understand! Firstly, out of the 2100 snake species in the world ONLY 10% are poisonous! Secondly, the number of estimated deaths per year because of snake bites is MUCH lower than those caused by malaria or dengue. Even then we don’t feel the kind of hatred for mosquitoes or rats we feel for snakes! I mean how is the poor creature responsible that Satan came to earth in the form of a serpent??? In today’s world when we are speaking about being practical having this kind of prejudice for snakes is NOT justifiable!"

  13. I never watched the movie because SweetBaby is trying to get me to quit using the F word...and she knows that would just add fuel to the 'Plane'/fire.

    I must join your "Followers"...anyone that would post a pic of Grand Funk's Mark Farner has got to 'have it goin' ON'!!!

  14. Awww.. Trust me, I feel your pain. My fear is not with snakes though, its rodents.. *piss shivers*

  15. "Snakes On A Plane" was hilarious, I thought. I loved it when the dog got swallowed. Of course, I went to the theatre, kinda fried at the time when I first saw the movie. My friend and I were laughin so hard, everybody else was frowning at us and shaking their confused little heads. Oh well.

    So you have a snake phobia and live right in the middle of Snake Utopia? That's wild. Maybe, secretly, deep down inside, this gives you a strange thrill.... living in danger or somethin'. As for Mike's comment, I think he may have trouser snakes on the mind. Eeegads!

  16. Enter Samuel L. Jackson, "Get these motherfucking snakes off my motherfucking plane".

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