Jan 4, 2012

Snake Charmer Secret!

Snake Charmer John Downer/Getty Images

Can you charm a snake with music?  

No. The charm has nothing to do with the music and everything to do with the charmer waving a pungi, a reed instrument carved out of a gourd, in the snake's face. Snakes don't have external ears and can perceive little more than low-frequency rumbles. But when they see something threatening, they rise up in a defensive pose. "The movement of the snake is completely keyed in on the guy playing the toodley thing," says Robert Drewes, chairman of the department of herpetology (the study of amphibians and reptiles) at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. "He sways, the snake sways."


  1. This is GOOD to know. I HATE snakes and will avoid doing this.

  2. First of all , I ain't trying it. It may not be the music, but I would feel like it was and I would run out of air. hahaha
    Interesting, Thanks.

  3. I am so curious now. How do they do it. This isn't enough information for me, but just enough to start me on a google hunt (goose hunt) about snake charming!

  4. Thank you Ken. I'll be careful around baskets.

  5. Good to know for the next time I find snakes in my yard.


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