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Herps In Jungles and Swamps in Movies

These are movies with reptiles and amphibians that are found in jungles and swamps around the world, taken from the various lists of Herps in Movies. This includes jungles, tropical rainforests, tropical forests, swamps, marshes, bayous - places like that. There's also a list of movies with only snakes found in jungles and swamps, if that's all you're interested in.

I've learned from movies that jungles and swamps are teeming with reptiles and amphibians. If I watch a movie that takes place these places and there are no herps, I feel like I should get my money back. In movies there are alligators or crocodiles in every waterway, snakes on every tree, and frogs are calling 24 hours a day all year long. In the real world, it's different - but there are plenty of herps in these places if you look hard especially at night.

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Adaptation (2002)

Twin brothers pursued by people with guns at night in a Florida swamp have more to worry about than the snakes they encounter.
Adaptation (2002)

A night chase through a Florida swamp turns ugly when one of the pursuers is torn apart by alligators.
Adaptation Alligators
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986)

A man is terrified of a python and a woman throws a basket full of snakes at a bad guy.
Allan Quatermain Screenshot
Anaconda (1997)  (The first movie in the franchise.)

A documentary film crew boats up a river full of gigantic human-eating Anacondas.
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004)  (The second movie in the franchise.)

Somehow giant Anacondas made it all the way to Borneo, where they got even bigger and angrier than they were in South America.
Anacondas HBO
Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid (2004) 

Big Pharma goons seeking a magic flower in Borneo encounter killer crocodiles.
Anacondas HBO
Apocalypto (2006) 

A venomous snake bites a warrior on the neck. Knowing he will not survive the bite, his companions leave him to kill himself.
Apocalypto (2006) 

An unarmed man chased by warriors improvises a blow gun using darts tipped with poison from a toad.
Band of the Hand (1986) 

A juvenile criminal in the Everglades falls next to a rattlesnake which bites him on the hand. An older guy grabs the snake and cuts its head off.
Band of the Hand
Bowanga Bowanga - (White Sirens of Africa aka Wild Women) (1951) 

Kids are terrified when a large python drops through the roof of their hut.
3 Idiots
Bride of the Gorilla (1951) 

A man intentionally knocks another man down next to a snake that bites him and kills him.
Bride of the Gorilla
Bruka Queen of Evil (1973)

An evil old snake woman and her young Medusa-haired ancestor use snakes to kill people.
Bruka Queen of Evil
Club Paradise (1986)

A tourist in the forest on a Carribean island is attacked by a Python.
Club Paradise
Cobra Verde (1987) 

An African King's witch doctor lays a sacred python in the path of an advancing army to make it retreat.
Cobra Verde
Congo (1995)

A man finds a snake on a branch in the African jungle, so he cuts off its head for no good reason.
Crocodile Dundee (1986)

Sue is attacked by a large crocodile when she is filling her canteen. Dundee jumps on it and shoves his huge knife into its head to kill it.
Crocodile Dundee (1986)

Dundee roasts a large monitor lizard for dinner.

Crocodile Dundee II (1988)

Dundee wears a crocodile costume and pulls his friend Wally underwater to pretend that Wally was killed by a crocodile.


Crocodile Dundee II (1988)

Dundee leaves a large monitor lizard wearing a red bandana in the bed of a man who always wears a red bandana to make the man's companions think that he was turned into a lizard by black magic.

Da 5 Bloods (2020) - Four Vietnam war veterans return to Vietnam where they see a decapitated snake for sale in a market. Later, in the jungle, a snake drops out of some bamboo onto one of the men and bites him on the arm. Da 5 Bloods Screenshot
Distant Drums (1951)

Gary Cooper shoots a snake to save a sailor's life, then he holds a rattlesnake's open mouth in the face of an Indian to torture him.
Distant Drums
Distant Drums (1951)

An alligator pulls a soldier underwater in the Florida Everglades and the "Wilhelm Scream" is born.
Distant Drums
Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)

Kulkan, the medicine man of the Quetzamals, a supposedly-extinct tribe that lives in a hidden valley in South America, kills people with "The Green Death" - deadly magic green snakes that can crawl through the air to strike at their victims, killing them quickly. The magic snakes are made from the venom of live green snakes.
Doc Savage Screenshot
Eaten Alive! (1980)

Cobra venom is used to kill people, a mongoose fights a cobra, a snake fights a bird, cannibals eat a bunch of live snakes, and more.
Eaten Alive
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
Emanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977)

A snake drops from a tree, wraps itself around Emanuelle's neck and tries to kill her, but somebody shoots it before it can swallow her.
Frogs (1972)  

Nature runs amok, with snakes and other animals killing the humans who are polluting their habitat.
Frogs (1972) 

Nature runs amok, with alligators and other animals killing the humans who are polluting their habitat.
Frogs (1972) 

Nature runs amok, with frogs and other animals killing the humans who are polluting their habitat.
Frogs (1972) 

Nature runs amok, with lizards and other animals killing the humans who are polluting their habitat.
Frogs (1972) 

Nature runs amok, with turtles and other animals killing the humans who are polluting their habitat.
The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980)

A Kalahari bushman kills a cobra for food and its skin and a man knocks a snake down onto his enemy.
The Gods Must Be Crazy
The Gods Must Be Crazy II (1989)

A woman suddenly dropped into the African wilderness is terrified by a monitor lizard.
The Gods Must Be Crazy II
Gold of the Amazon Women (1979)

The worst fake rubber snake ever put on film jumps out of a suitcase in a murder attempt, and a second one kills a jungle guide.
Gold of the Amazon Women (1979)

Two women fight for a man by trying to knock their opponent into crocodile-infested waters.

Crocodile Screenshot
Hatari (1962)

Two men who are enemies are stranded in the middle of a river in Africa. One man walks to the shore while the second one stands guard with a rifle. When a crocodile swims over to attack the first man, the second one shoots and kills it. The men become close freinds afterwards.
Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)  

Indy is pulled out of a sand pit in the Amazon jungle with a snake that is used as a rope.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom (1984)  

A python drops onto a woman's neck and another python is cooked for dinner.
Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Evil cult members fall into a river full of crocodiles where they are eaten alive.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Crocodiles
Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom (1984)

Camped in the jungle at night, an annoying woman who's not much of a camper (played by Kate Capshaw) starts screaming when she grabs a fruit bat hanging on a line instead of her laundry and then finds a monitor lizard sitting on a branch.
Indiana Jones
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Four video game characters fight off a giant Black Mamba and one gets herself snake-bit intentionally as a winning game strategy.

Jumanji: The Next Level (2019)

A giant Anaconda drops down and bites the head of a video game character and drags him up into the trees to die.
Jungle Book (1942)

Mowgli the jungle boy swims with a giant talking python and the king's treasure chamber in the lost city is guarded by a talking cobra.
Jungle Book
The Jungle Book (1967)

Sterling Holloway is the voice of "Kaa" the Snake in the animated musical version of Kipling's classic tales.
Jungle Book
The Jungle Book (1994)

The treasure room in the monkey temple is guarded by a giant snake.
The Jungle Book (2016)

In this version Kaa is a female python who hypnotizes Mowgli and nearly eats him.
3 Idiots
Jungle Cruise (2021)

An ancient Spanish explorer is bitten by a venomous snake then cursed to be made out of snakes.
Jungle Run (2021)

A woman is swallowed alive by a giant Anaconda. She uses a machete to cut herself out of the snake from the inside.
Jungle Run Screenshot
Jungle Run (2021)

An army of poisonous dart frogs threatens people in the jungle.
Jurassic Park (1993)

A Boa Constrictor makes a jungle cameo, and it's not even remotely the most frightening thing in the scene.
Jurassic Park
Kim (1950) 

Kim watches a holy man approach a cobra without fear and thereafter believes he has great powers.

King Kong (1933)  

A big gorilla fights a giant snake. (It has four legs, but everybody calls it a snake so here it is.)
King Kong
King Kong (1976)   

King Kong fights a giant python that threatesn his girlfriend.
King Kong 1976
King Solomon's Mines (1950)

Jungle adventurers on safari in Africa encounter pythons and cobras and mambas.
King Solomon's Mines
Komodo vs. Cobra (2005)

Scientists accidentally create a gigantic monster Komodo Dragon and a monster Cobra that battle it out in the end.
Komodo vs. Cobra
The Lady From Shanghai (1947) 

A snake swims to the shore of a river in Mexico as we learn details about a murder plot that will happen later in the movie.
Lady From Shanghai
Lost City of Z (2017)

A British surveyer in the Bolivian Jungle watches a rather deadly looking snake crawl beside his feet.
Lost City of Z
The Lost World (1925)

Members of an expedition in the Amazon jungle canoe past a snake wrapped around a tree branch above them.
The Lost World
The Lost World (1925)

A scientist on an expedition to the Amazon to find dinosaurs, studies two unusual lizards he found there.
The Lost World
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

A paleontologist hiding from a T-Rex is terrified to find a snake crawling down his shirt, so he runs right into the dinosaur's mouth.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Lure of the Wilderness (1952) 

The Okefenokee swamp is full of dangerous Boa Constrictors and biting Cottonmouths.
Lure of the Wilderness
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid (2011)

Gigantic Pythons and Alligators fight it out in the Everglades, while the women who created the monsters fight each other.
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid
Mogambo (1953)

A woman at a safari camp in Africa sees a large snake on the floor and screams in terror, but it's only the resident house python, Old Joe, who is called a "migratory mousetrap."
The Naked and the Dead (1958)

A WWII soldier on a Pacific island is bitten by a venomous snake, foams at the mouth, and is dead in a couple of minutes.
The Naked and the Dead
The Naked Prey (1965)  

A South African jungle adventure movie with snakes for dinner, snakes for torture, and snakes just for shock value.
Naked Prey
The Naked Prey (1965) 

You can't make a jungle adventure movie without a few crocodiles.
The Naked Prey
The Naked Prey (1965) 

A jungle adventure movie filmed in Africa with lots of herps, including some frogs.
The Naked Prey
The Naked Prey (1965) 

A great jungle adventure movie filmed in Africa with lots of herps, including some South African lizards.
The Naked Prey
Octopussy (1983)  

James Bond's contact man in India is a snake charmer with a cobra in a basket.
Bond also lies down to hide from some hunters in the jungle when a snake crawls over him.
One Million B.C. (1940)

A cave man and cave woman encounter a giant snake in a jungle, then a giant Coatimundi grabs the snake in its mouth, pulls it off the tree, and starts to eat it.
OSS 117: Lost in Rio (2009)

A spy stranded in the Brazilian jungle shoots a crocodile then tries to cook it for dinner.
OSS 117 Rio
Papillon (1973) (IMDB)

When Steve McQueen is trying to catch butterflies, he sees a large python stretched out on a fallen tree. Nice snake, but wrong continent.
Later we see some Boa Constrictor skins hanging from vines near a shack in the jungle.
Papillon (1973) 

Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman are prisoners in the tropics who are forced to wrestle with a crocodile.
Piranhaconda (2012) 

Giant snakes that are hybrids of piranhas and anacondas protect their nest of eggs, killing anybody who gets in their way.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)

A fear of snakes causes a bunch of men to fall to their deaths, and a voodoo priestess has a pet python.
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)

Blackbeard's daughter picks up a venomous snake and holds it in Jack Sparrow's face, but leaves him unharmed.
Pirates of the Caribbean Screenshot
Platoon (1986)

An Army grunt fighting in the war in Viet Nam finds that there are many dangers in the jungle besides enemy soldiers, including snakes.
Snakes in Movies
Prehistoric Women (1950)

A caveman discovers how to make fire then immediately uses it to fight a python that's minding its own business on a tree branch above him.
Prehistoric Women Screenshot
Rampage (1963) 

An animal trapper in Malaysia shoots a venomous snake too high up in a tree to be of any danger.
Rogue (2007)

A boat full of tourists is destroyed by an enormous crocodile, stranding everyone on a tiny island that is slowly disappearing due to rising tidewaters, leaving them at the mercy of the hungry reptile.
Rogue Screenshot
Romancing the Stone (1984)

A man and woman take shelter in a crashed drug-smuggling airplane in the Colombian jungle. He sees a venomous snake crawling next to her head, so he kills it with a machete. Then he eats the snake.
Romancing the Stone
Run for the Sun (1956)

A man an woman walking through the Mexican jungle to escape Nazi war criminals encounter a snake on a branch overhead.
Run for the Sun screenshot
She Demons (1958)

A woman walks under a tree with a python in it so the hero can save her.
She Demons
Sheena (1984)

Sheena helps Vic climb a tree to hide from mercenaries who want to kill them. When Vic comes face to face with a large snake, the Queen of the Jungle simply moves it out of his way.
Sheena Screenshot
Six Days Seven Nights (1998)   

Harrison Ford pulls a snake out of Anne Heche's underpants and throws it away.
Six Days Seven Nights
Slave of the Cannibal God (The Mountain of the Cannibal God) (1978)

A group traveling in a jungle in Borneo encounter lots of snakes, including snakes that try to eat them, and snakes that are eaten by cannibals.
Slave of the Cannibal God Screenshot
Snakeman (The Snake King) (2005)  

A gigantic human-eating 7-headed snake guards a fountain of youth in the Amazon jungle.
Snakes (Snake/Serpent of Death) 2018

An expedition to an uninhabited jungle island to search for a plant with miraculous healing powers encounters giant monster snakes.
Stanley (1972)  

Tim lives in a shack in the everglades with his pet rattlesnake Stanley who kills people on his command.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)  

Pythons roam Yoda's jungle planet and there's a California Kingsnake in his kitchen.
Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Luke finds a Green Iguana at a cave entrance and a monitor lizard inside.
Empire Strikes Back
Strange Cargo (1940) 

An escaped convict traveling through a jungle falls down in a swamp and is bitten on the leg by a venomous snake swimming in the water.
Strange Cargo
Swamp Thing (1982)

A hired thug pulls a venomous snake out of his pants pocket and uses it to kill a man.
Swamp Water (1941)

A fugitive in the Okeefenokee Swamp bends down to wash his face and ends up with a pair of venomous Cottonmouth fangs in his cheek.
Swamp Water
Swamp Women (1956) 

An escaped convict sitting up in a tree shoots and kills a rattlesnake in a Louisiana swamp.
Swamp Women

Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

A boy hiking through a swamp on a tropical island is attacked by a large snake that suddenly wraps itself around his body. He fights it off until his brother intervenes with a machete.

Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

A juvenile and an adult Green Iguana scare a young girl when she's wading through a swamp on a tropical island. A large water monitor scares a woman on the beach of the same island.
Swiss Family Robinson
Synchronic (2019)

A woman in the city takes a drug that takes her into a swamp in the past where a rattlesnake crawls up and bites her.
Synchronic Screenshot
Tarzan and His Mate (1934)

Hunters in an African jungle walk past a pythonin a tree that strikes out at them.
Tarzan and His Mate
Tarzan and His Mate (1934) #2

Tarzan saves Jane from a crocodile and Cheetah escapes from one by paddling a log to the shore.

Tarzan and His Mate
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman (1946)

Cheetah steals a snake charmer's flute and uses it on his cobra, then accidentally charms up a big scary python.
Tarzan and the Leopard Woman
Tarzan Escapes (1936) #3

Tarzan dives into a lake to rescue a baby deer and wrestles a huge crocodile underwater.
Tarzan Escapes
Tarzan Escapes (1936) 

Hunters in an Africa jungle pass through a staming swamp full of man-eating iguanas. Two of them fall in and are eaten alive by the hideous monsters.
Tarzan Escapes
Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939) #4

Boy feeds a crocodile like a pet and outswims crocodiles trying to eat him.

Tarzan Finds a Son
Tarzan Finds a Son! (1939)

Tarzan and Boy swim with a sea turtle.
Tarzan Finds a Son
Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)

Jane is attacked by a giant snake but Tarzan saves her.

Tarzan the Ape Man Screenshot
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) #1

A man tries to swim to a raft but gets dragged under by a crocodile. Tarzan escapes some pursuing crocodiles by jumping on the back of a hippopatamus.
Tarzan the Ape Man
Tarzana, the Wild Woman (1969)

A female version of Tarzan rides around naked on an elephant calling to the animals, including the snakes.
The Tender Warrior (1971)

We see several snakes in a Georgia swamp.
Tender Warrior Screenshot
That Man from Rio (1964)

A French soldier on leave parachutes into the Brazilian jungle where he is stuck in a tree above a crocodile.

That Man from Rio
The Thin Red Line (1998)

American soldiers in the middle of a World War II battle on Guadalcanal Island encounter a large snake.

Tyranno's Claw (Tirannoui baltob) (1994)

A caveman finds a nest full of eggs in a tree. When he starts eating them a snake climbs down and kills him.

Snake Screenshot
U.S. Marshals (1998)

A fugitive on the lam rows a boat past a snake on a branch in a swamp.
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
Welcome to the Jungle (2013)

A woman on a team-building retreat on a tropical island is bitten on the leg by a snake which leads to some unusual attempts to help her before they realize it's not a venomous snake.
Where the River Runs Black (1986)

A priest in the Amazon jungle breaks his vows then is drowned by a large snake in a river.
White Huntress (1954) 

Snakes are on the attack in several scenes in this jungle adventure movie.
White Huntress
The Wild Women of Wongo (1958) 

Giant pythons hanging out on branches scare the men of Wongo and Guna.
The Wild Women of Wongo
The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)

Wongo worships alligators, sacrifices women to them, and celebrates them in dance, but once in a while they also have to wrestle one to keep it from eating someone.
The Wild Women of Wongo
Wind Across the Everglades (1958)

An outlaw poacher named Cottonmouth carries a pet venomous snake in his pocket.
Wind Across the Everglades
The Woman Eater (Womaneater) (1958) 

An Amazon witchdoctor dances with snakes in a ceremony to sacrifice a woman to a woman-eating tree.
The Womaneater
Women in Fury (1984) 

Fugitives from a woman's prison in Brazil run into a couple of deadly snakes in the jungle.
Women in Fury
Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966) 

A boa constrictor terrifies a woman in this terrifyingly bad movie.
Women of the Prehistoric Planet

The Yearling (1946) 

A man in the Florida Everglades doesn't watch where he puts his hand and a rattlesnake bites him so he shoots it.

The Yearling
Yellowneck (1955)

Civil War Confederate soldier deserters hike through the Florida Everglades where they encounter snakes, including a "nest" of rattlesnakes whose only purpose seems to be hanging around waiting to kill them.
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