Scales

“With a meal like that, it would sit in a cave to digest for about a week and then not need to eat for four to six weeks.” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/dec/30/python-devours-entire-wallaby-in-front-of-northern-territory-park-rangers)

After that first week, a wee tipple would be welcome.
Happy Hogmanay.

Fakes

An experiment “to see how motorists in Brazil treated snakes … [and] if drivers would intentionally run over any of the objects placed in the road … [found that] forty-two fake snakes were intentionally run-over compared to 31 plastic bottles.” (http://news.mongabay.com/2014/0924-mann-fake-snake-roads-tcs.html)

Drivers gunning their vehicles toward plastic water bottles may have felt threatened by the word ‘slake’.