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grammargeek
Posted: Sunday, May 31, 2009 3:34:06 PM
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pandacordova wrote:
"Red on black, venom lack. Black on yellow kill a fellow."

I was taught "Red and Yellow could kill a fellow. Red and Black a friend of Jack."


Last night I finally watched the DVD of Snakes on a Plane. (What a corny movie!) All the way through it I kept repeating the "red on black. . ." rule to see if I could identify the supposedly venomous snakes based on color patterns. In the bonus features was a segment about how they got all of the snakes for the movie, and the supplying snake handler specified various kinds of snakes that were used. Amongst other pointers, he actually quoted the snake identification rule the way pandacordova learned it:

"Red and Yellow could kill a fellow. Red and Black a friend of Jack."

However, he also said this rule applies only in North America.

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