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BAKKER LOVES SNAKES
Concerning one of the many dumb scenes in the film _The Lost World_,
Colette Adams wrote of the Bakker character..
> Is he really terrified of snakes as was suggested in The Lost
> World? If so, what a wussy. He should have his macho
> maverick rebel-without-a-clue hat taken away.
As I pointed out in my 'review' of _Lost World_ posted here way back
when, the fact that Burke (cf. Bakker) was so freaked out by a little
harmless snake was stupid. Hopefully everyone who is interested in
dinosaurs is enough interested in other animals, like snakes, to at
least know the difference between a harmless _Lampropeltis_ and a
venomous elapid (like _Micrurus_ and _Micruroides_, the coral
snakes). Bakker, in fact, has frequently expressed an enthusiasm and
affection for herptiles of all kinds, and he does know a lot about
Besides which, I think most people may be able to put their snake
phobia on hold when the four foot head of an angry tyrannosaur is not
more than a few metres away.
"What are you getting angry at me for? I didn't do anything, I just