Claim: Snakes have been used as hold-up weapons.
Origins: And more often than you might think too. Here's one such
incident from 1998:
INDIA - Muggers with snakes are terrorising women in central
And another from 1994:
Two people taking a late night stroll in Camden,
"Robbed at snakepoint" — yeah, I like that line.
Barbara "this is a slither-up!" Mikkelson
Last updated: 11 August 2011
Chicago Tribune. "Robbers Use Snake in New Jersey Holdup." 11 August 1994 (p. C2). The [Wellington] Evening Post. "Muggers Use Snakes." 14 August 1998. The Ottawa Citizen. "Highway Swiper Employed Viper." 12 August 1994.