A Guide to the Amphibians
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Snakes In Movies

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Snakes in Movies
Lizards in Movies
Turtles in Movies
Amphibians in Movies
Alligators and Crocodiles
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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
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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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Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
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It's hard to think there was a time when a family adventure movie could be the biggest box office hit of the year, but this one was the biggest earner in 1960. It takes place in the early 19th Century when Napoleon was emperor. An American family of six on their way to New Guinea are shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. They build a giant treehouse and settle in with the local wildlife which somehow consists of species from at least three continents, including tigers, elephants, zebras, hyenas, ostriches, cheetah, and macaws. In order to survive on the island, the family has to fight pirates and some of the wildlife, including a huge Anaconda.

The snake scene begins when we see two of the teen brothers wading through a swamp along with a girl they rescued who has disguised herself as a boy. We see a snake in the water then suddenly it is wrapped around one of the boys who fights it off until his brother comes with a large machete. This is a Disney film, so we don't see him kill the snake, but it is implied that the snake was killed since they all continue on their way.

The snake is an Anaconda, a snake from South America that is as out of place on the island as zebras with tigers. The first snake we see is a real live snake, and I think the snake used in the fight is also a live one, but it might have been sedated. So I give credit to the actors (James Macarthur and Tommy Kirk) for actually letting someome wrap a giant Anaconda around them for the scene.

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