Uptight New York journalist Robin Monroe (Anne Heche) flies to a romantic tropical island with her boyfriend, but then she has to fly to a nearby island to cover a story for her magazine. The only plane available is piloted by the laid back drunk Quinn Harris (Harrison Ford.) As they are flying, a storm overtakes them and Quinn has to crash land on a deserted island where they have to learn to tolerate each other to survive, even though they hate each other. They usually hate each other at the start of romantic comedies.
In the snake scene, the two are searching for fresh water to fill up their containers. A pig scares Robin and she wades into the water to get away from it. She tells Quinn that a creature has just crawled into her shorts and she thinks it's a snake. He tells her that's bad. He has an immediate grasp of the obvious. She asks him what to do, fearing that it might be poisonous and if she grabs it she could be bitten. There is a lot of awkward embarrassed cuteness and sexual tension between them as he gets close to her and reaches towards her naughty bits. Eventually Quinn puts his hand into her pants, pulls the snake out, and throws it away. She thanks him and he tells her he's not without skills. Cue the wedding march.
Having someone put their hand down another person's pants to yank out a snake is such a new and refreshing way to have movie characters break the ice that I think it should be used in all Rom-Coms from now on. I will report back here when I see that happen.
The snake is certainly not real. That would be cruel to the snake and to the actors. It has to be a fake prop snake, probably one made of rubber.
Watch the scene on YouTube.