A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

Snakes Used Realistically in Movies

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Snakes in Movies
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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
Throwing and
Whipping Snakes
Black Mambas
Boas, Pythons,
and Anacondas

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These are movies in which snakes shown behaving as they would normally (or close enough) in the wild (not as pets)
and not just depicted as monsters.These are fictional films, not nature documentaries, so I don't expect
that there will ever be many movies on this page, given the popular misconceptions about snakes.

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.

Spoiler Alert !

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

The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

Snakes are shown realistically as part of the natural environment. And it's not a documentary.
Ballad of Narayama
Cold Creek Manor (2003)

A snake gets in the pool scaring everybody until someone pulls it out and explains that it's harmless.
Cold Creek Manor
I Dreamed of Africa(2000) 

A boy has many realistic 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
Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

 We see an Anaconda with its young and a shaman who says his ancesters were carried from the Milky Way by an Anaconda.
Embrace of the Serpent
Eve's Bayou (1997) 

A young girl picks up a motionless snake she thinks is dead, but panics when she discovers that it is alive.
Eve's Bayou
The Island (2005) 

Two human clones escape their underground utopia and the first creature they encounter is one they've never heard of - a rattlesnake. They call it mean and leave.
The Island
Leolo (1993)  

Leolo has a collection of critters in hars in his basement, including a yellow-bellied racer.
Lone Survivor (2013) 

A Navy Seal falls off a mountain and lands next to a rattlesnake that does not bite him.
Lone Survivor
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

Two people see a rattlensake, but leave it alone like they should. I was not expecting that.
3 Idiots
Pather Panchali (1955)  

After a family leaves their ancestral country home to move to the city in order to survive we see a snake crawl in the front door.
Pather Panchali
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring (2003) 

We see a young boy torturing a snake he finds, mating snakes when he's an adolescent, and an old monk re-incarnated as a snake.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
A Touch of Sin (Tian zhu ding) (2013) 

A woman watches a snake cross a road.
A Touch of Sin
The Tree of Life (2011) (IMDB)

During an abstract section of beautiful nature images we see a banded sea snake swimming on top of the water as we follow it from below.
The Tree of Life
Virgin Sacrifice (Fury of the Jungle) (1959)

Snakes are shown realistically as a normal part of the Central American jungle, but they're also used absurdly as weapons thrown into a snake pit to kill someone.
3 Idiots

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