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Welcome to the Jungle (2013)
 
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This is an action comedy starring Jean-Claude Van Damme about a company retreat on a tropical island for a team-building course where everything goes wrong. Someone on IMDB calls it "Tropic Thunder meets Lord of the Flies." Someone else calls it "Bored of the Flies." It does have an interesting snake scene that helps to change the dynamics of the group.

In the snake scene, we see a group of people standing around in a jungle clearing. Then we see a close-up of a snake crawling between a woman's feet. We see the woman, Brenda (Kristen Schaal), make a face and scream and someone yells "She got bit by a snake!" Chris (Adam Brody) attends to her and we see two large punture wounds on her lower leg. Phil (Rod Huebel) tells Troy (Aaron Takahashi) to get a machete and he does. Just as Troy raises the machete to cut off Brenda's leg, Chris stops him. Then Phil ancounces that he is going to urinate on the bite to help the pain, but once again Chris stops him, telling him it's for jellyfish stings not snakebites. Brenda describes the snake and Chris declares that it was "Python regius" (a Ball Python) which is not poisonous. Then he puts an herbal remedy on her bite to soothe the pain. The others see that Chris is more competent than Phil and suggest that he become their leader.

The scene is a mixture of facts and myths. The snake is indeed a Ball Python, Python regius, which is not venomous, but it's a snake that is only found in west-central Africa and the island they go to is clearly not supposed to be near Africa. (The movie was filmed on Puerto Rico.) Also, Ball Pythons don't have the two large fangs that some venomous snakes have. The movies always assume that all snakes bite with two large puncture wounds like a rattlesnake, but they don't. I thought the plan to cut off Brenda's leg with a machete idea was funny. I don't think I've seen that in a movie before, but there are movies with characters who didn't die but lost an arm or leg after a venomous snakebite, such as True Grit, for example. I also laughed when Phil thought that peeing on the snakebite would help. Woundwort is a traditional remedy, but I don't think it would help with puncture wounds and I can't help but wonder where he got it and how he got it so fast.