Bad news for snake oil salesmen…
A few days ago I blogged a blog item about a huge snake, and pointed out a strong warning against using the photo for ad purposes. It was the first I was aware that some folks might try to do that with snake pictures.
Apparently those would-be snakesploitation advertising goons are still lurking, because here comes a picture of a giant spitting cobra, with the same warning. I can understand the precaution. Nothing motivates me to go out and spend money more than the words SNAKE and SPIT. Man, I got my hand on my wallet already!
I mean, come on. This isn’t exactly a giant panda. Considering we’re told that one of these cobras packs enough poison to kill 15 people, I’d say this dude in the shorts and 14 of his buddies are the ones who should be getting warned.
Anthony Childs, an associate of Bio-Ken snake farm in Watamu on the Kenyan coast, stands in front of a newly discovered giant spitting cobra, measuring nearly nine feet, in this picture released by Wildlife Direct, December 7, 2007. REUTERS/WildlifeDirect/ Handout. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS.