What to do if attacked by a giant snake

As a follow up to my Great Snakes post, here is an excerpt (in italics) from the US Government Peace Corps Manual for volunteers working in the Amazon Jungle. It details what to do if an anaconda attacks you. Please keep in mind that a mature anaconda can easily swallow an adult human whole...

1. If you are attacked by an anaconda, do not run. The snake is faster than you are.
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 upwards, killing the snake.
9. Be sure you have your knife.
10. Be sure your knife is sharp.

9 comments:

kristy said...

Okay - note to self... always remember to have pocket knife on me when hanging out the washing etc.

Neen said...

Thanks for the advice. Will remember it on my next trip to the Amazon.

Lillian Gish said...

I have one word for you...

_ _ _ _! WITH CAPITAL OF KUMCHUTCHA!

Jon Dylan said...

That is flippin awesome!! Your blogs are legendary!

Hannah Montana said...

a) Be sure your knife was washed the night before
b) Be sure your life was renewed the night before
c) Be sure your sin will find you out
d) Make sure your Life FM signal is not static
e) Swallow your pride before you are swallowed by a Pollyanacondaleeza Rice

Lillian Gish said...

honestly hannah...

Michael John said...

Oh.... so thats how you do it, i will remember that for next time, thanks symon

Fifi said...

Thats actually really good advice! It makes you wanna go hunt out an anaconda and test out that survival recipe!

Lillian Gish said...

Feef I thought you were gonna say, makes you wanna go and check out that anaconda recipe... mmm snake meat :)