As if the world isn’t already terrifying enough, we now have to worry about literal snakes on actual planes. Samuel L. Jackson tried to warn us.
The scene’s first introduction to reptiles on an aircraft came via Cobra Starship and their 2006 hit “Bring It! (Snakes On A Plane).” Made for the Snakes On A Plane soundtrack and with appearances by William Beckett (the Academy Is…), Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) and Maja Ivarsson (the Sounds), the track is a scene staple to this day.
However, a team of scientists from the University of Queensland discovered brown tree snakes are actually hitchhiking to Guam by slithering inside of planes, as one does, according to Mashable.
Thankfully for the general population, the snakes chose military planes as their mode of transportation, according to the study published in the Journal of Molecular Evolution. The snakes began making moves around World War II, so we won’t actually have to fear for a real-life Snakes On A Plane situation.
The snakes are entering the plane by slithering up the landing gear or crawling inside of the cargo area, Associate Professor Bryan Fry from UQ’s School of Biological Sciences tells Mashable.
Unfortunately for birds in Guam, the addition of the brown tree snakes has become detrimental to their population with upward of 2 million relocating to the island, according to BBC News.
“The snake hitchhiked on troop carriers from the Australian region and has since driven multiple native bird species into extinction, with only three species now found on the island,” Fry says.
Fry says the snakes are also getting transported from Guam to Hawaii via planes, so the U.S. is also experiencing the addition of the new snakes.
“They’re regularly intercepted in the Hawaii airports, so if these direct flights are allowed to continue, it’s only a matter of time until they get to Hawaii and wipe out the birds like they did on Guam,” Fry explains.
Obviously, the only way to relieve this nightmare is to transport back to simpler times when ”Snakes On A Plane” was just an alt-rock hit by Cobra Starship.