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Old 09-08-2013, 12:03 PM   #1
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Snake on Space Mtn

Here's a crazy story for ya! This happened a few weeks ago. A co worker of mine sent her son to FL with a large group of friends and 3 parents. They rented a condo off site and were visiting Cocoa Beach, Universal, Disney, etc. before starting college this fall. While riding Space Mountain a snake literally dropped out of the ceiling right into her sons lap!! He was bitten in the groin area. The ride was shut down for 2 hours and they did find the snake.

Disney got him sent off to the clinic, but the next morning it was very swollen red and had an obvious infection that needed debridement. He texted pictures of it that morning. Right in the middle of all the red, swollen, pus filled tissue was 2 perfect fang marks. They ended up flying him home early and he has now had 2 surgeries and is doing fine.

My co worker said she wasn't surprised there being a snake, after all it is FL, and if this was going to happen to anyone it would happen to her boy. He is a freak accident magnet!
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:06 PM   #2
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Yikes, I hope it didn't cause him problems starting school.

Maybe the real reason I don't do Space Mt (other than motion sickness). Don't like snakes at all.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:51 PM   #3
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Ok, the question is just how a snake got into Space Mountain and how did it manage to crawl up to a place overhead that it could drop into someone's lap? While the ride was moving? If this could happen on SM I'm not feeling real confident in any other rides either.

Hope the kid will be ok.
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Old 09-08-2013, 01:01 PM   #4
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If this could happen on SM; what about BTMR or Splash Mountain?
What about a real gator joining JC? Any water body in Fla can have one.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:00 PM   #5
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Wow! I hope he's ok.
At the moment, in the 15 times i've been to disney, i haven't seen a snake yet...and i hope that my "luck" continues. I can't deal with them. I'm OCD already concerning them...now i'll have all that much more to think on while we're there! LOL. I agree with Deb above!
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:12 PM   #6
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We work at a hospital so he was well taken care of and is doing well. They just had to make sure it was completely cleaned out and get some antibiotics in his system.

Just wanted to share because its one of those stories I wouldn't believe if I didn't know the people and had seen the pictures. Disney called his mom daily for almost 2 weeks checking up. I'm sure they thought she was gonna sue or something, but like she said, it's just a freak accident
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Wish I hadn't read this. Is it really true? Maybe I'll just pretend it isn't.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:32 PM   #8
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Was the bite from a venomous snake? It would seem so, if you saw fang marks -- non venomous snakes (and some venomous snakes) don't have fangs.

If it was just infected -- as opposed to necrotic -- it could have been a "dry" bite from a venomous snake. The most common venomous snakes in the US are all pit vipers, and they have to load up to give a wet bite.

A snake falling from the beams inside Space Mountain would probably have other things on its mind!

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For those asking how the snake got up there, most snakes are pretty good climbers, but they also fall a good bit.
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Old 09-08-2013, 02:43 PM   #9
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I'm glad he's ok now. I'm hoping I don't think of this story next time I ride it!!
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You'd be surprised how common snakes are....everywhere. I had one great me at the front door (of my house) on Friday. Of course it was non venomous. Took off faster than I could get even have a reaction. I'm sure one falling into a lap would startle it to bite, but biting is a last resort for a snake. They're instinct is to run first, but I'd imagine that is hard for a snake in a bobsled.
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i'm not unusually frightened by snakes (more fascinated than fearful), but one "dropping in" unexpectedly would scare the @#* out of me

glad to hear the boy is doing well (i see no reason not to believe the OP - the entire situation and outcome were not likely relayed to all of the attraction CMs)
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Was the bite from a venomous snake? It would seem so, if you saw fang marks -- non venomous snakes (and some venomous snakes) don't have fangs.
False. They have them to keep their prey firmly in their mouth.
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Old 09-09-2013, 03:24 PM   #13
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Was the bite from a venomous snake? It would seem so, if you saw fang marks -- non venomous snakes (and some venomous snakes) don't have fangs.
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False. They have them to keep their prey firmly in their mouth.
Actually, it's true (as I discovered after a 30-second Google search). Only venomous snakes have fangs. The rest have teeth, but no fangs.
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I had something alive and well land in my lap on ToT....thank God for the pitch dark and the restraining belt, first bc I couldn't see what it was, and 2nd bc I would have jumped off the ride if I could! I don't know what it was bc I grabbed it and flung it as hard as I could (My apologies to the people in the front row if I hit you in the head)
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