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Houston Zoo Uses Google Glass to Remind Us Why We Are All Scared of Snakes

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One of the coolest things about Google Glass is that we can see the world from other people’s perspectives in a way we never could before. Skydiving, bike riding and all manner of sports look different from Glass’ perspective. One view that most people don’t want to see, however, is being face first with a 5-foot long Black Forest Cobra as it rears up at you.

The snake wranglers at the Houston Zoo got some questions about how they handle their snakes and decided to use Glass to help us experience it. For people who dislike snakes, this video will probably confirm that fear. For people who did not mind snakes, being this up close and personal might change their mind.

  • Nathaniel Newman

    OH HELL NO!

  • umbrellacorp

    Never seen before? I guess you guys have never sen GoPro footage? Looks the same, only in much better HD.

    • SparkysShocker

      Personally I thought this was actually filmed with a GoPro. Especially when she was getting it out of its encolsure. I mean if they were on her eyes wouldn’t the camera have been on the snake and not the upper corner?

  • everettedl

    Snakes and spiders…..ugggggh…no thanks.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Enough is enough with these motherf’n snakes!

    • EvanTheGamer

      Whoops…wrong black guy…

      • SparkysShocker

        Yeah, he would never have the balls to do anything about snakes on a plane.

  • EvanTheGamer

    Why we’re ALL scared of snakes? LOL! Snakes are nothing compared to creepy crawly blood-thirty venomous spiders!

    • Reginald Jefferson

      Agreed, especially since I’ve learned there are spiders that eat snakes.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Uhh…WHAT?! Oh my… lol

        • Reginald Jefferson
          • EvanTheGamer

            Yikes! That’s pretty crazy stuff! I always wanted to go to Australia, but now I’m not so sure…hahah.

            Joking. I’d still go. I just won’t go where I’m not supposed to, or at least won’t go without a guide or someone that knows every area.

    • jb

      I’m not really a fan of spiders, but I snapped this pic about a year and a half ago. Little dude was caught in the debris trap in my pool. Snapped some pics and let him go in the yard

      • EvanTheGamer

        I hate you for posting this pic. Damnit. lol

      • Ian Smith

        taken w/ a Galaxy Nexus

    • JoshGroff

      *shivers* Yeah, I feel much safer around snakes.

  • jb

    I’m a fan of snakes, and all reptiles really. My website: http://www.deviantconstrictors.com

    • Quest

      You have some beautiful snakes. One day the wife will let me get a redtail til then I’ve gotta stick to ball pythons.

      • jb

        Thanks! Not much difference in terms of husbandry between balls and boas. With boas, you probably feed less (unless you’re already conservative with the balls), keep humidity at 60%+, and provide more room. Good luck with getting into boas!

        • Quest

          My wife is still a little scared of the bigger snakes lol

          • jb

            They’re only bigger as adults. Get a baby and let it grow along with her comfort level :)

  • aye_winchell

    snakes don’t really bother me, i mean i have never looked over and seen a sneaky snake making its way up the arm of my couch about 3 inches from my arm, spiders on the other hand…fuck spiders.

    • ToddAwesome

      Maybe if you saw this they’d bother you a little more? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW0xk2ajRJE

      • aye_winchell

        nope, but its only because i don’t live where that is an issue, i have never had a snake sneak up on me. Also spiders outside don’t bother me nearly as much, i mean its outside, where they are supposed to be, but inside, hell no, that’s my house and they can GTFO. :)

    • EvanTheGamer

      Yeah, F spiders! Down with the Spider hordes! When will Obama finally use taxpayer dollars to eradicate spiders once and for all?

      Oh right, never.

      • aye_winchell

        Sees spider crawling up the wall…Thanks Obama! hahah.

      • Mark

        The problem with everyone hating on spiders is that there are only two species considered medically significant in the US; that being the Widow and the Recluse. I’m not sure why people are terrified of something so tiny and beneficial. I’m assuming it’s because of their movements and how small they are compared to a snake, which at least is a little more visible.

        That wolf spider you saw? It’s not dangerous to you unless you have some allergic reaction to it or there is a secondary infection associated with the bite. The giant fishing spider or huntsman you found while on vacation in Florida? It’s probably eating cockroaches. Take your pick, have a house/restaurant infested with cockroaches or have a few spiders here and there eating them. How about that massive web you found in your backyard with the nice spotted orbweaver in the center of it? He’s catching mosquitos/stink bugs/etc. right outside your door making your porch experience a little more pleasant.

        Much like snakes kill mice and other invasive rodents, I wish people would learn to appreciate them more. They’re creepy, but they’re beneficial. There is nothing better to have in your house than a spider bro eating all the flies. Hopefully next time you see a spider in your house you use a conventional method and place him outside (which is actually still kind of a death sentence in some cases) instead of mashing them.

        PS: To those that whine about Recluse/Widow bites being so “dangerous,” there hasn’t been a documented death since the 1950s.

        • Stewie

          I agree, but only to a point, have some big ones in PA, that make huge webs around the garage entry point and off the railings of the back desk at the house, I’d let them stay, but with my daughter around, the chances are good even if I tell her to leave them alone that she won’t, and then both she and my wife then demand I remove the critter.

          90% of the time I can do that by scooping and moving, but these big ones even start to get to me lately, if I can’t get them to move peacefully, then out comes the sandal to crush, and of course the web cleanup as well.

          Heck when I lived in south fla, my wife did the same thing with tiny geckos, and her cure for them was the vacuum extension … suck, thip twip through the tube and a small crunch at it likely hit the fan blades. She never let me keep one so I could watch it try to go across the polished wood floors – you know, feet moving a million miles a second and actually moving 1ft in about 10 minutes :)

        • jb

          Agree completely! Also, your post made me think of this…

        • EvanTheGamer

          It ALL starts at childhood. A movie about spiders that traumatizes a young mind. So…one can’t help that he/she fears spiders. YES, I understand that such a fear is irrational, but that still doesn’t really matter.

    • mike dunham

      This dude cruised up when I was cooking on the grill one night. Not dangerous but it was a WTF moment.

      • aye_winchell

        Right? I wouldn’t have any idea if it was dangerous or not, like when i see a spider crawling near me, ill jump, even if its the tiniest of spiders, because for a second i don’t know wtf it is i just see something moving towards me. Of course even if its the tiniest of spiders im still not messing with it, i just yell for the gf, but then to get my manhood back, i make her make me a sandwich.

  • cgmartin33

    I’m just glad Glass never captured me handling my snake…

    • ToddAwesome

      some day it will. some day.

  • Reginald Jefferson

    Worst thing about handling snakes, is when they decide to wet themselves…and you. I’ve handled a few small, non-poisonous, ones (wild for sure) and I hate that. As for the poisonous ones you just shoot ‘em. Or drop something on them (cinder block, car, etc), chop off their heads, then shoot ‘em.

    • Indianajonze

      you’re kind of a monster then

      • Reginald Jefferson

        I would have expected you to be on my side Mr. Jones…

    • ToddAwesome

      When I saw the video of a decapitated copperhead biting itself, I officially hated snakes forever. Freakshows, they are!

      • Reginald Jefferson

        I developed a strong wariness of them after being chased by a water moccasin.

        • jb

          You do realize that the chance of actually being CHASED by a cottonmouth is about 0%, right? When humans are near they either flee towards water (which, if you’re between them and water it might SEEM like you’re being chased) or they coil up and open up their mouths. They bite as a last resort. Look into CREDIBLE science (not just fear-mongering websites), cottonmouths (aka: water moccasins) do NOT chase people.

          • Reginald Jefferson

            Hard to consider it fear mongering when it happens. Mating season will change any male of a species.

          • Reginald Jefferson

            Not sure how my comment got listed as guest…

          • jb

            The scientific literature doesn’t say “cottonmouths do not chase people, except during breeding season – then males will chase people”. It says “cottonmouths do not chase people”.

    • jb

      Only thing worse than a dead snake is the person who killed the snake. People who kill any animal for no reason really need to learn more about the animals. Also, snakes aren’t poisonous, they’re venomous. We can add that to the list of things you need to learn about.

      • Reginald Jefferson

        Sorry, poisonous. OOOooooh. My mistake. People tend to not care about the correct term when face to face with a VENOMOUS snake. Living in my part of Florida, most times, there is a reason to kill some animals. It’s easy to judge when you’re not faced with the same situation as other’s.

        • jb

          I live in Florida too. Despite what the general population of Florida believes, living here is no excuse for ignorance.

          • Reginald Jefferson

            Since when is killing a dangerous animal (or in the case of endangered animals, relocation) ignorance? Is it ignorance to kill an animal if/when it is a danger to children or the elderly? Once again it’s easy to judge when you’re not faced with the same situation as others.

          • jb

            There’s a difference between killing a “dangerous” animal and killing an animal because it’s presenting an imminent danger. In the case of killing venomous snakes, you’re doing the former. You know how easy it is to avoid danger from a venomous snake? LEAVE IT THE F*** ALONE! That’s how easy. In the US, rattlers, copperheads, cottonmouths, and corals are the venomous snakes – ALL will avoid people unless cornered. So in the US, if you kill a venomous snake, you’re just an ignorant @hole. BTW, there are about 7,000 venomous snake bites per year in the US (.002% chance of it happening to anyone). The VAST majority come from people who are handling, teasing, or trying to kill venomous snakes. Bites to people who aren’t intentionally interacting with venomous snakes are very rare. So, is it worth it to kill any and every dangerous snake you see (btw, if you didn’t know that snakes are venomous and not poisonous, nor did you know that cottonmouths don’t actually chase people, nor did you know the ACTUAL risk or harm – I can’t imagine that you could properly identify a cottonmouth vs a banded watersnake so it’s possible you kill completely harmless snakes) each and every time you see them simply because they present a completely insignificant risk to ANYONE who’s smart enough to leave them alone?

          • SparkysShocker

            Not that I agree with unecassarily killing things but most of us wouldn’t be here (as a species, I am sure some offshoot would be) if our ancestors hadn’t killed animals that occupied their space.

          • jb

            When’s the last time you threw a handmade spear at a mastodon?

          • Dr_Buttballs

            You relocate them like any other animal unless they are posing a direct threat to you. Killing something because it’s occupying the same space as you is barbaric.

        • jb

          saw this again and it made me think of this situation :)

  • decidedtochangename

    And then the kids crawl around on the floor and put their hands in their mouths.

    • Greyhame

      It certainly explains the smell you encounter in those zoo exhibits!

  • Greg Morgan

    snakes…