Snakes On Plane Sos

Jul 18


Leigh Spencer

Director of Education, Great Plains Zoo

Snakes on a Plane— Snakes at the State: Unraveling snaky myths and marvels

In this exciting event, we will separate fact from fiction as we explore the biological behaviors and capabilities of snakes. Our expert Leigh Spencer will provide an engaging presentation on snake physiology, habitats, and behaviors, highlighting what the movie SNAKES ON A PLANE gets right and where it takes creative liberties. But that's not all! Before the screening, get up close and personal with real snakes at the State Theatre. Zoo educators will be here with live snakes, which will offer a unique opportunity to see these fascinating creatures firsthand and learn more about their characteristics and behaviors.

Sioux Falls State Theatre Sioux Falls, SD


Film Synopsis

An FBI agent takes on a plane full of deadly and venomous snakes, deliberately released to kill a witness being flown from Honolulu to Los Angeles to testify against a mob boss.

FBI agent Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) boards a flight from Hawaii to Los Angeles, escorting a witness to trial. An on-board assassin releases a crate of deadly serpents in an attempt to kill the witness. Flynn and a host of frightened passengers and crew must band together to survive the slithery threat.

About the Speaker

Leigh Spencer has over twenty-one years of experience working in zoos. She is currently the Education Director of the Great Plains Zoo and Butterfly House & Aquarium, and in July, she will celebrate twelve years working for the Great Plains Zoo. Prior to moving to South Dakota, she worked in education at the Houston Zoo, and as a keeper at the Fort Worth Zoo. Leigh has a bachelor’s degree in zoology and a master’s degree in resource interpretation. While birds are her current favorite, she got her start in zoo education thanks to a boa constrictor she learned to handle at age 12, as a Junior Zookeeper at the zoo in her hometown.