Imprisoned in the dungeon of the Kali Temple, a stronghold of the Thuggee cult, a British officer is whipped then threatened with being thrown into a pit full of snakes if he doesn't tell them what they want to know. The snakes are mostly gopher snakes, with a Cal king and a boa constrictor and what look to be rattlesnakes with cobra hoods attached to their necks. The snakes are pulled around by strings which are visible in shots of the pit. The fear of all those harmless snakes coiling and wiggling and sticking their tongues out is too much for the guy and he gives in.
Later, after delivering a great speach about dying for India, his country and his faith, the head Thuggee guru heroically throws himself into the pit to kill himself. Unfortunately, we don't get to see him torn apart by harmless gopher snakes, we only see the looks of terror on the British. I'll bet it's the same look they had when Ghandi and the people forced them out a few years after this film was made.