[This is an excerpt from the U.S. Government Peace
Corps Manual for volunteers working in the Amazon jungle - what to do if an
anaconda attacks you…]
Related to the boa constrictor, the anaconda is the largest snake species in the
world. It grows to thirty-five feet in length and weighs three to four hundred
1. If you are attacked by an anaconda, do not run. The snake is faster than you
2. Lie flat on the ground. Put your arms tight against your sides, your legs
tight against one another.
3. Tuck your chin in.
4. The snake will begin to nudge and climb over your body.
5. Do not panic.
6. After the snake has examined you, it will begin to swallow you from the feet
end – always from the feet end. Permit the snake to swallow your feet and
ankles. Do not panic!
7. The snake will now begin to suck your legs into its body. You must lie
perfectly still. This will take a long time.
8. When the snake has reached your knees, slowly and with as little movement as
possible, reach down, take your knife and very gently slide it into the side of
the snake’s mouth between the edge of its mouth and your leg, then suddenly rip
upward, severing the snake’s head.
9. Be sure you have your knife.
10. Be sure your knife is sharp.
Even snakes are afraid of snakes. - Steven Wright
Use your enemy's hand to catch a snake. - Persian Proverb
A cat bitten once by a snake dreads even rope. - Arab Proverb
It's hotter than a snake's ass in a wagon rut. - Robin Williams
If Adam and Eve were alive today, they would probably sue the snake. - Bern Williams
When the snake is in the house, one need not discuss the matter at length. - African Saying
If you see a snake, just kill it - don't appoint a committee on snakes. - H. Ross Perot
I like to keep a bottle of stimulant handy in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy. - WC Fields
Marriage is like putting your hand into a bag of snakes in the hope of pulling out an eel. - Leonardo da Vinci
Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake. - WC Fields
Isn't it a very curious thing that St. Patrick drove the snakes out of Ireland an' the English brought in the fleas. - Frank McCourt
Edible: Good to eat, and wholesome to digest, as a worm to a toad, a toad to a snake, a snake to a pig, a pig to a man, and a man to a worm. - Daffynitions joe-ks.com
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