A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Snake Bites in Movies

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Snakes in Movies
Lizards in Movies
Turtles in Movies
Amphibians in Movies
Alligators and Crocodiles
in Movies
Snake Face
All Movie Snakes
Must Die!
All Movie Snakes
Want to Kill You!
Snake Bites
Snakes Used
as Weapons
Giant Monster Snakes with a Taste
for Human Flesh
Pet Snakes
Snakes Used
to Shock Us
Dancing With Snakes
Snake Charmers
Snake People
Snakes Used Realistically
Snakes Used for
Food or Medicine
Snake Fights
Shooting Snakes
Throwing and
Whipping Snakes
Black Mambas
Boas, Pythons,
and Anacondas

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Movie snakes strike and bite constantly, with the ability to strike almost the length of their body. Sometimes they fly through the air when they strike. Most snakes in the movies have a venomous bite that kills people almost instantly.

This is an alphabetical list of movies in this category for those who want to browse by category instead of by the main list.

You can see more pictures and read a description of the snake scenes by following the title link.

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Some of these pictures and descriptions may give away plot details that you might not want to know before watching a film.

The Air I Breathe (2007)  

A scientist milking a venomous snake, oops, gets bit by the snake.
The Air I Breathe
Apocalypto (2006) 

A warrior is bitten on the neck by a venomous snake and left to kill himself by his companions.
April Fool's Day (1986)

A man is caught in a noose by his soon-to-be murderer and suspended upside down over a snake which strikes at him repeatedly.
April Fool's Day
Band of the Hand (1986) 

A juvenile criminal falls next to a rattlesnake in the Everglades and is bitten on the hand. An older guy grabs it and cuts its head off.
Band of the Hand
The Big Gundown (1966)  

A snake crawls between a tied-up outlaw and a lawman. The outlaw tricks the lawman into thinking he was bitten by a snake by pricking him with a sharp object held between his toes.
The Big Gundown
Billy Jack (1971)  

Billy Jack performs a snake ceremony, dancing around in a circle with a rattlesnake and getting bitten repeatedly.
Billy Jack
Black Samurai (1977)

A mobster cult leader called The Warlock throws people into a jail cell full of killer snakes to get rid of them.
Black Samurai
The Blood of Fu Manchu (1968)

Fu Manchu makes an army of beautiful female assassins by forcing them to be bitten by venomous snakes. The snake bite gives them the power to kill a man with a kiss.
The Blood of Fu Manchu
Bone Dry (2007) 

A man being tortured in the desert searches a truck only to get bitten by a rattlesnake under the seat.
Bone Dry
The Campaign (2012)  

In order to get the support of a snake-handling cult, a political candidate handles some snakes, but he gets bitten.
the campaign
The Canyon (2009) 

A wilderness guide is bitten by two rattlesnakes and dies, leaving his clients to survive in the Grand Canyon alone without food or water, chased by hungry wolves.
The Canyon
Chato's Land (1972)   

Charles Bronson hurls a rattlesnake off a hill onto a bad guy.  End of bad guy.
Chato's Land
Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures (Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus) (2005) 

A man is bitten by a venomous snake he didn't see and is nursed back to health.
Cinema Aspirin Vultures
Cleopatra (1934)

Cleopatra commits suicide by holding an asp to her breast.
Cleopatra 1934
Cleopatra (1963)  

Cleopatra commits suicide by putting her hand in a basket that holds an asp.
Cleopatra 1999
Cleopatra (1999)

Cleopatra commits suicide by holding an asp to her breast.
Cleopatra 1999
Copperhead (1983)  

A paranoid murderer and his family hiding out in the Ozark woods are overrun by a swarm of deadly Copperheads.
Cowboy (1958)  

Cowboys play catch with a rattlesnake until somebody gets bit and dies.
The Curse II: The Bite (1989)  

A bite from a mutant snake turns a man's arm into a snake.
The Bite
Dark Tide (1994) 

A woman releases a bunch of captive sea snakes into a tub and later pushes a man into the tub where he is bitten multiple times before he dies. Earlier her boyfriend was bitten by a sea snake, too.
Dark Tide
Double Exposure (1983)

A psycho-killer photographer puts a rattlesnake in a bag and ties it to a woman's head until she is bitten and dies.
The Killer Snakes
Eva Nera (Black Cobra) (1976) 

Eva dances with snakes, eats them, and kills people with them.
Eva Nera
Fair Game (1988) (Mamba)

A woman is trapped in a house with a Black Mamba by her evil ex-boyfriend but he's the one who gets bit.
Fair Game
Father Goose (1964)

A woman is stuck by two thorns and thinks she was bitten by a snake. A man gives her whisky for the bite and when she passes out drunk he thinks she is dead.

Father Goose
Flypaper (1997)

A couple drinks antivenom then get romantic in a dry swimming pool of rattlesnakes that keep biting them.
Frogs (1972)  

Snakes and frogs and lizards strike back at humans for polluting the world.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (2009)

A soldier survives the bite of a king cobra to demonstrate that he has been made invincible.
GI Joe
Gold of the Amazon Women (1979)

The worst fake rubber snake ever put on film jumps out of a suitcase in a murder attempt, and a second one kills a jungle guide.
Guncrazy (1992)

A preacher keeps a pet rattlesnake named Pee Wee who he claims has lost her natural desire to do anyone any harm. Later Pee Wee bites him on the face.
Hard Target (1993)  

Jean-Claude Van Damme punches a rattlesnake in the face then makes a trap with it to kill one of his pursuers.
Hard Target
Hell's Belles (1969) 

Two fighting bikers fall into a mine full of rattlesnakes. Only one walks out.
Hell's Belles
The Hills Have Eyes (1977) 

A girl picks up a rattlesnake and makes it bite a man who is trying to kill another man.
The Hills Have Eyes
Holes (2003)  

A boy makes a rattlesnake bite him to get out of a prison camp in the desert where he digs holes all day.
I Dreamed of Africa(2000) 

A boy has many encounters with snakes after moving to Africa, puts together a collection of snakes and becomes an amateur herpetologist, but dies of snakebite.
I Dreamed of Africa
Identity Thief (2013) 

A snake crawls up a man's pants, he tosses it into a tree, then it drops onto his shoulders and bites him on the face.
Identity Thief
Inferno (2016)

Tom Hanks hallucinates that a cobra crawls out of his friend's coat and kills him with a bite on the neck.
Joshua (aka Black Rider) (1976) 

A man drops a rattlesnake over a cliff onto another man who gets snakebit and dies.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

A video game character intentionally provokes a venomous snake to bite and kill her as a winning game strategy.

Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)

Two men eat at a snake restaurant. One gets bitten by his lunch.
keeping up with the joneses
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

California Mountain Snake kills Sidewinder with a Black Mamba then Black Mamba fights California Mountain Snake.
Kill Bill
The Killer Snakes (She sha shou) (1975) 

A bullied man learns he can use his pet snakes to get revenge.
The Killer Snakes
King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017)

Arthur's magician, The Mage, conjures up a venomous snake to bite him on the neck so its venom will bring him visions and protect him.

King Arthur

The Kings of Summer (2013)

Three teenage boys run away and live in a shack in the woods that a snake enters and eventually bites one of them.

The Kings of Summer
Kung Fu Hustle (2004)  

An incompetent assassin accidently dumps a cage full of cobras over his partner who is bitten on the face.
Kung Fu Hustle
Last of the Clintons (1935)

A man puts a rattlesnake in a cabin to kill a guy, but it kills a different guy instead.
Last of the Clintons
The Last Wagon (1956) 

A young woman hunting for edible plants puts her hand in the wrong place and gets bitten by a rattlesnake.
The Last Wagon
Life After Beth (2014) 

A woman who died from a snake bite rises from her grave but doesn't remember what happened.
3 Idiots
Live and Let Die (1973)  

A criminal gang uses Voodoo cult assassins to kill people with snakes.
Live and Let Die
Lonesome Dove (1989)  

Rattlesnakes are food for pigs and cowboys. A nest of killer water moccasins create havoc in a river.
Lonesome Dove
Love at First Kill (aka The Box Collector) (2008)

A biker collects rattlesnakes and young girls but his wife and a snake kill him in the end.
Love at First Kill
Lure of the Wilderness (1952) 

Walter Brennan gets bitten on the face by a Cottonmouth at the local water hole, but miraculously recovers.
Lure of the Wilderness
Lust For Gold (1949) 

A man is bitten on the neck by a rattlesnake which makes him fall off a cliff.
Lust For Gold
The Magician (1926)

A horned viper in a snake charmer's tent at a Paris fair is used for a magic trick by a magician but then it bites one of the entertainers on the foot.
The Magician
The Manchurian Candidate (1962) 

A man bitten by a snake meets the love of his life when she stops to help him.
The Manchurian Candidate
Marketa Lazarova (1967)   

 A man lying in a field with his girl is bitten by the proverbial snake in the grass.
Marketa Lazarova
The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

Diabolical Dr. Fu Manchu makes a mind-control serum of sacred herbs and reptiles, including a Burmese Python. His underground passages are crawling with snakes.
The Mask of Fu Manchu
Meltdown (Shu dan long wei) (1995) 

A terrorist throws dozens of deadly snakes at a woman to force her to do what he wants. She is bitten by a snake and the wound is "cut and sucked" and later she gets a shot of "antidote."
The Mighty Quinn (1989) 

Snakes from the local witch's collection are used to kill people.
The Mighty Quinn
Mud (2013)  

A bunch of water moccasins hang around together in a ditch waiting to bite anybody who falls in. Are we really supposed to believe this nonsense?
The Naked and the Dead (1958)

A WWII soldier on a Pacific island is bitten by a venomous snake, foams at the mouth, and is dead in a couple of minutes.
The Naked and the Dead
Natural Born Killers (1994)  

An Indian man who keeps snakes is murdered so he gets revenge with a field full of biting rattlesnakes and no more snakebite antidote at the drugstore.
Natural Born Killers
Nevada Smith (1966) 

A woman falls out of a canoe onto a Cottonmouth which bites her to conveniently remove her from the plot.
Nevada Smith
Nowhere Land (2000)

A hiker distracts a rattlesnake from biting a woman by getting it to bite his boot.

A fleeing man's foot gets stuck between some rocks, trapping him next to several coiled rattlesnakes. When he finally moves, he is bitten and dies.
Nowhere Land
Once Upon a Time in America (Extended Director's Cut) (1984)

Shakespeare's Cleopatra commits suicide by snakebite.
Pericolo negli abissi (1977) 

Two women snorkeling in the ocean are bitten by a venomous sea snake and killed.
Pericolo negli abissi
Phobia (1980) 

A man being treated for his fear of snakes by being forced to touch them is murdered by rattlesnake bite.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)

An evil assasin can control snakes to use them as weapons and to attack people, but one of them us used against him.
Prince of Persia
The River (1951) 

A young English boy plays a flute to bring a cobra out of hiding. That was the last thing he ever did.
The River
River's End (2005)

A boy puts a rattlesnake in a bag to strike at the man who opens it. It does. He dies.
River's End Screenshot
Serena (2014) 

The boss's new wife proves her worth by importing a trained eagle to catch rattlesnakes that are biting men at his logging site.
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) 

A snake shoots out of the mouth of a Haitian zombie corpse bride and bites the face of an American scientist.
3 Idiots
The Serpent Warriors (1985) 

A snake cult curse brings thousands of deadly snakes to attack everybody.
The Serpent Warriors
Shadow of the Hawk (1976) 

The ghost of a Native American shaman dances around with a deadly snake then uses her magic to send it to another shaman to bite him.
Shadow of the Hawk
Shotgun Stories (2007)

A man uses a Cottonmouth to kill a dog that belongs to his half brother, and doing so, escalates a family feud to violence and bloodshed.
Shotgun Stories
Siddhartha (1972)   

Even Herman Hesse, a nobel prize winning author, was not above using the old snakebite trick to get rid of a character who was no longer needed.
Silent Predators (1999) 

Mutant rattlesnakes invade a town because greedy land developers woke them up during construction.
Silent PredatorsLonesome Dove
Silent Venom aka "Sea Snakes" (2009)

A bunch of extra-deadly mutated snakes are brought onto a submarine.
Silent Venom
The Snake Girl (1974) 

An evil woman throws her adopted sister into a snake pit to die but she mates with a snake and Snake Girl is born.
The Snake Girl
Snake Island (2002) 

A group of tourists in Africa are stranded on Snake Island, which, Spoiler Alert!, is full of snakes, and they bite!
Snake Island
Snakes (aka Fangs) (1974)  

An old snake collector kills off his enemies with venomous snakes.
Snakes on a Plane (2006) 

A bunch of deadly snakes get loose on a plane.
Snakes on a Plane
The Speckled Band (1931) 

Sherlock Holmes solves a mystery involving a venomous snake that bites and kills a woman then bites its owner.
The Speckled Band
Stanley (1972)  

Tim lives in a shack in the everglades with his pet rattlesnake Stanley who kills people on his command.
Strange Cargo (1940) 

An escaped convict traveling through a jungle falls down in a swamp and is bitten on the leg by a venomous snake swimming in the water.
Strange Cargo
Swamp Water (1941)

A fugitive in the Okeefenokee Swamp bends down to wash his face and ends up with a pair of venomous Cottonmouth fangs in his cheek.
Swamp Water
Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)

Jane is attacked by a giant snake, Tarzan saves her, but he gets bitten on the neck.

Tarzan the Ape Man Screenshot
The Thief of Bagdad (1924) 

A snake kept in an orb on top of a scepter is used as a murder weapon.
Thief of Baghdad
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005)

A man climbs into a hole in a rock to rest, but a rattlesnake inside bites him.
3 burials of me
There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)

An outlaw hides stolen money in a den of rattlesnakes to keep it safe, but makes a big mistake when retrieving the money.
There Was a Crooked Man...
True Grit (1969) 

A girl falls into an abandoned mine full of rattlesnakes and gets bitten.
True Grit
True Grit (2010) 

A girl falls into an abandoned mine full of rattlesnakes and gets bitten.
True Grit
The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

An exotic nightclub entertainer dances with a boa constrictor. The same snake is used to kill a man.
The 2 Faces of Dr. Jekyll
Unearthed (2007)

A man tricks a woman into getting bitten by a rattlesnake.
Venom (1981) 

A family and their kidnappers are trapped inside a house with a deadly Black Mamba.
Voyager (Homo Faber) (1991) 

A snake crawls onto a sleeping woman and bites her, proving that all snakes want to do is kill people.
We're No Angels (1955) 

Three escaped convicts carry around a pet viper that kills people.
We're No Angels
Wild Cactus (1993) 

A man stranded in the desert puts a rattlesnake in a bag. He makes it back home then tells his kidnapper he can find what he wants in the bag. End of kidnapper.
Wild Cactus
Wind Across the Everglades (1958)

An outlaw poacher named Cottonmouth carries a pet venomous snake in his pocket but meets his end when a wild one bites him.
Wind Across the Everglades
The Yearling (1946) 

A man doesn't watch where he puts his hand and a rattlesnake bites him so he shoots it.
The Yearling
Yellowneck (1955)

Civil War Confederate soldier deserters hike through the Florida Everglades where they encounter snakes, including a "nest" of rattlesnakes whose only purpose seems to be hanging around waiting to kill them.

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