When Snakes Bite
1 x 60'
Every year in the US, 7,000 people are bitten by poisonous snakes. Most survive, though many are horribly disfigured, and every year more than a dozen die. This film looks at our frightening relationship with venomous snakes.
We travel to Tennessee to meet the evangelical church which lives by Jesus' words, "and they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them." For 100 years this extreme sect has been using poisonous snakes in their religious ceremonies.
Then to Belize, home of one of the world's most deadly animals, a large pit viper known as the Fer de Lance. We find this terrifying snake in the tropical rainforest and watch it hunt its prey. Zoologist Brian Rossberg recounts a colleague begging to be shot following a single bite.
And we'll visit Oklahoma and discover one of the more unusual solutions to snake overpopulation, The Mangum Annual Rattlesnake Derby. Since the 1930's residents of Mangum have been seriously troubled by Diamond Back Rattlers. Their solution? A three day snake catching competition.