It "Got Me Thinking" about the night Erica Hill teased Anderson about a snake "experience" he had while filming Planet In Peril ~
It's at the end of "The SHOT" and he told Erica about collecting snakes as a child, but claimed "now they just creep me out". Here's the clip ~
In April 2009 John Zarrella was reporting about a python problem in Florida and Erica & Team 360 had a little "surprise" in the studio for Anderson ~
Something tells me they were a little disappointed when Anderson didn't freak out. Here's the clip ~
Anderson posted to the 360 Live Blog that night ~
i used to collect snakes as a child.. my first pet was a snake...to the person who said they didnt know they could open their mouths that wide, snakes can actually unhinge their jaws to swallow prey.
Perhaps if they had read Wyatt Cooper's book Families they would have known about Anderson's childhood pet snake, Sam ~
When he (Anderson) got his live snake for his sixth birthday (it's what he wanted), he let it curl around his fist and insisted that we set out to show it off around the neighborhood. We went to the barbershop, the stationery store, the coffee shop, the candy store, a men's shop, the florist, the bank - anywhere we were known - and we stopped to visit with every doorman who had a free moment. I'm afraid we even exhibited it to a few horrified strangers.
Anderson is a freckle-faced Huck Finn, fun-loving, witty, clever, quick, energetic, and inventive. He should live in the country, on a farm, with trees to climb, a river to play in, and all sorts of animals. He’s very much an outdoor boy. He passionately loves dogs, mice, rabbits, horses – anything that moves, and the wilder it is, the better. He sat one night watching, Sam, his beloved snake, curling around his hand, marveling that this wild creature actually belonged to him, and he asked it, with wonder in his voice, “Sam, is dis all a dream?”