"Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?"
Judging from his oft-quoted lament, Indiana Jones would sympathize with FBI agent Nelville Flynn, the hero of the latest animal horror movie Snakes on a Plane. Flynn, played by Hollywood heavyweight Samuel L. Jackson, finds himself midair battling a planeload of deadly serpents.
But before you decide to go medieval on the nearest limbless reptile, get the real facts about serpent dangers with stories, photos, and videos from National Geographic News.
Go behind the scenes with the movie's snake wrangler, learn how to survive snakebites, and discover some of the weirdest and rarest snake species on the planet.
Gallery: Serpent Stars of ''Snakes on a Plane'' (August 2006)
Meet some of the various species of snake that appear in the upcoming thriller, including species actually used during filming.
Snake Swallows Electric Blanket (July 2006)
Surgery was needed to save a pet Burmese python that bit off a lot more than it could handle.
"Chameleon" Snake Found in Borneo Forest (June 2006)
A newly discovered snake species from Indonesia can switch from brown to white in a matter of minutes, WWF researchers recently announced.
Python Bursts After Eating Gator (October 2005)
A 13-foot (4-meter) Burmese python in Florida's Everglades National Park seems to have died after trying to eat a 6-foot-long (2-meter-long) American alligator.
Snakes Photo Essay (August 2002)
Take a photographic journey through the world of snakes, including the ways snakes have inspired myth and lore among various human cultures.
Deadly Black Mamba Snake Climbs Tree for Squirrel Snack (August 2006)
Join the world's fastest serpentthe deadly black mamba, whose venom can kill a human in just 15 minutesas it zips along the African wilderness in search of its next meal.
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