Did anyone see the game show "Fear Factor" last evening? (Monday) One of the
"challenges" was for the contestants to lie, strapped down in a tub with 24
snakes crawling over their faces.
They used the same snakes for each contestant. These included a few large
constrictors which were carefully handled and a -bucket- of small colubrids
which were dumped over the contestant's body. For each person they grabbed
the smaller snakes and threw them back into the bucket only to dump them out
for the next round.
I was irritated by this for a number of reasons:
a) poor and careless handling in general
b) Lampropeltis species tend to eat each other snakes (these snakes were
probably recently fed, and ***ism is unlikely but a responsible keeper
can never be to careful.)
c) Communicable diseases which may be spread throughout the collection
d) Ignorance of the possibility of salmonellosis (the snakes were allowed to
crawl over their mouths which is a no-no.)
e) Re-enforcing the idea that snakes are "really scary".
The only positive things I could take away from this segment were:
Not single snake bit one of the contestants even though they had been
seriously harassed so rational viewers should understand that snakes are not
The contestants were strapped down, preventing them from inadvertently or
intentionally harming the animals out of fear.
Just found it rather ugly and I felt I had to share.
-- A phobia is a *** backwards --