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Answer to the three-step snake

Fer De' lanceTHE THREE STEP SNAKE -  I HAD OFTEN HEARD REFERENCE TO THIS SNAKE THAT SUPOSSEDLY KILLED A LOT OF AMERICANS IN THE VIETNAM WAR AND IT WAS NAMED NICKNAMED THIS BECAUSE ONCE YOU WERE BITTEN YOU TOOK 3 STEPS AND YOU WERE DEAD. THANKS FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE.

This post was a long time ago – however I might able to shed some light on the Three Step Snake. I distinctly recall a jungle adventure where French and British explorers were in the jungle. This could have been a Edgar Rice Burroughs “Tarzan” movie after Elmo Lincoln (Johnny Weissmuller comes to mind but not certain of this). It could have taken place in the Amazon as far as I can remember.

However regardless of the movie one of the British Explorers were bitten a snake. The first step he took his heart began to seize, the second step the white/yellow fluid from the upper intestine came up as vomit and the third step he fell dead.

The natives called it (translation) The Three Step Snake – The French called it A Fer de’ Lance.  However the Fer de’ Lance is not found in the Belgium Congo of Africa to my knowledge. Remember the stories were all fiction.

I was really into snakes growing up had a large tropical collection of them by the age of 17. I cannot see this particular snake making its way to Vietnam – I was there and with the Montagnards a lot during my tour but never met up with any snake that would resemble a Fer de’ Lance or any other snake capable of such a sudden death.

One thing to remember though, depending on the health and age of the victim it is possible. A krait has been known to kill in seconds, but in most cases an agonizing fifteen minutes to an hour or more. I believe it is the Green Krait, not the banded, that has been known to actually attack without provocation.

 

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