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Snakes in Movies

Snakes Used Realistically in Movies


It's rare, but it happens!

This is an alphabetical list of movies in this category taken from the main Snakes in Movies List.

You can see more pictures and read a description of the snake scenes by following the title link.


These are movies in which snakes are shown behaving as they would normally in the wild (or close enough.)
They're not just depicted as monsters, though characters might still be afraid of them.
These are fictional films, not nature documentaries, so I don't expect that there will ever be many movies on this page,
given the popular misconceptions about snakes which are often amplified and exploited by filmmakers entertain the audience.
These are meant to be wild snakes in the story, though they might be captured and handled by a character.
Ironically, most of the snakes are actually captives that were brought to the movie set by a company that rents animals.


Spoiler Alert !

Some of these pictures and descriptions may give away plot details that you might not want to know before watching a film.

 
The Ballad of Narayama (1983)

Snakes are shown realistically as part of the natural environment. And it's not a documentary.
Ballad of Narayama
Cold Creek Manor (2003)

A snake gets in the pool scaring everybody until someone pulls it out and explains that it's harmless.
Cold Creek Manor
The Crazies (1973)

A man fighting an army takes cover behind a log where he sees a snake.
Screenshot
Deliverance (1972)

Two men see a snake swimming in a river, then their canoe trip takes a turn for the worse.
Deliverance
Desert Gold (1936)

A tenderfoot shoots at a gopher snake until his partner tells him that it's harmless. Later he finds a rattlesnake. Thinking it harmless, he is about to grab it when his partner shoots it.
Desert Gold
I Dreamed of Africa (2000) 

A boy has many realistic encounters with snakes after moving to Africa, puts together a collection of snakes and becomes an amateur herpetologist, but dies of snakebite.
I Dreamed of Africa
Drive Angry (2011) 

We are shown a muscle car running over a snake on a back road for no apparent reason.

Drive Angry
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
Eve's Bayou (1997) 

A young girl picks up a motionless snake she thinks is dead, but panics when she discovers that it is alive.
Eve's Bayou
The Island (2005) 

Two human clones escape their underground utopia and the first creature they encounter is one they've never heard of - a rattlesnake. They call it mean and leave.
The Island
Lone Survivor (2013) 

A Navy Seal falls off a mountain and lands next to a rattlesnake. That would be a disaster in any other movie, but he knows the snake is not a threat, so he leaves it alone.
Lone Survivor
Minari (2020)

A boy throws rocks at a snake until his grandmother teaches him not to.
Screenshot
A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)

Two people see a rattlensake, but leave it alone like they should. I was not expecting that.
3 Idiots
Pather Panchali (1955)  

After a family leaves their ancestral country home to move to the city in order to survive we see a snake crawl in the front door.
Pather Panchali
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
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...and Spring (2003) 

We see a young boy torturing a snake he finds, mating snakes when he's an adolescent, and an old monk re-incarnated as a snake.
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
A Touch of Sin (Tian zhu ding) (2013) 

A woman watches a snake cross a road.
A Touch of Sin
The Tree of Life (2011) (IMDB)

During an abstract section of beautiful nature images we see a banded sea snake swimming on top of the water as we follow it from below.
The Tree of Life
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
The Whole Truth (2016)

A motorcycle drives by as a snake crosses a road.
Screenshot
The Witches (1990)

A witch tries to lure a young boy with a snake she tells him she found while walking,
The Witches Screenshot
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