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Slithery snakes, rattlesnakes, vipers, boas, anacondas, and more are featured in this original OTRCAT collection.

74 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 29 hours, 47 min)
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Snakes in Ripleys

Our distant ancestors learned to grasp tree branches with their opposable thumbs and climb to escape predators and find food. Their descendants returned to the ground and learned to walk upright. This more vertical posture brought many new advantages, with the eyes higher they could see further, their digestive tract became more efficient because gravity was now aiding the flow of nutrients through it, the loping stride of bipedal locomotion was more efficient over longer distances, and the arms with their marvelous opposable thumbs became more nimble and dexterous.

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The mysterious and seemingly random forces of evolution which brought human ancestors out of the trees and eventually into civilizations took the ancestors of snakes in a very different direction. The ancestors of snakes were four-legged, burrowing reptiles. As they adapted to a life of hunting in tunnels, their descendants lost first their forelimbs and eventually the hind legs. Some families of snake still retain a vestigial pelvis and the anal spurs on boas and pythons are vestigial legs (used in mating). Because of the underground environment they evolved to hunt in, snakes developed a transparent eyelid and their external ears were worn away.

All snakes are carnivorous and swallow their prey whole often using a distended jaw which allows them to swallow item up to three times the size of their own head. The most common methods of immobilizing said prey are by constriction or injecting venom into the victim through hollow fangs. Some venomous snakes can inject more than enough deadly poison to nearly instantly kill a full-grown man. No poisonous snake is known to actively hunt man, but they will strike if they feel trapped or threatened.

Despite their fearsome reputations, snakes actually hunt very little. Because they are ectothermic (gathering bodily heat from the environment rather than generating it through metabolic processes) snakes have relatively small nutritional needs, some pythons can go a full year between feedings. This also means that snakes have little energy beyond what is needed for respiration, locomotion, hunting, and reproduction to dedicate to developing brain-power. They have thrived for hundreds of millions of years without it.

Man's instinctive fear of snakes has led to many cults revering them as near gods. Escape tells the story of "The Snake Doctor", a frightening old man who lives in the hills in close contact with venomous cottonmouths. Adventures by Morse gives us "The Cobra King Strikes Back", and on Space Patrol, we hear about "The Serpent of Saturn". On Indian Trails, we hear a description of the "Hopi Snake Dance", a frightening ceremony involving real rattlesnakes.

Gunsmoke CastIn the Old West, snakes are seen less as gods than acts of God. They seem to strike randomly and do not care if their victim is wearing a black or a white hat. It does not hurt that the distinctive buzz of a rattlesnake is easy for the sound-effects man to make. Killing snakes is both a literal and figurative calling for Matt Dillon in Gunsmoke. The hero saves a helpless lady from a rattlesnake only to find out she is trying to kill him on The Roy Rogers Show. Little Beaver get bitten by a buzzworm just as Red Ryder is trying to prevent a range war between cattlemen and sheepherders on The Adventures of Red Ryder.

Probably the most dangerous thing about snakes is our fear of them and the panic it can create. There is panic in a small Oklahoma town because a python has escaped the circus, but all the serpents are accounted for on The Clyde Beatty Show. Tonto and the Lone Ranger use some rattlers to frighten a gang of stagecoach robbers into surrendering. The Jean Shepherd Show talks about a man who frees the snakes from 46 zoo cages. In their Riding High program, the Cycle Trades of America give bicycle riders the probably unnecessary advice of "Avoid poisonous snakes".

Fear of snakes becomes a little less unreasonable when they are used as instruments of murder. In "The Creeping Wall", a young woman feels understandably threatened when her husband buys a mansion filled with snakes. Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons finds a man who is killed by a snake on an ocean liner in "The King Cobra Murder Case. In the "Murder is a Merry-Go-Round Matter", Yours Truly Johnny Dollar finds a series of murders at the circus all involving snakes, and on the Molle Mystery Theatre, a young wife intends to do in her husband by taking advantage of his fear of snakes.

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    74 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $10.00
    total playtime 29 hours, 47 min
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    Volume 1 - 39 shows - total playtime 17 hours 42 minutes
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    1. Adventures Of Philip Marlowe 500621 Gold Cobra.mp3
    2. Adventures Of Philip Marlowe 500901 Soft Spot.mp3
    3. Aldrich Family 400220 034 Pigeon Coops.mp3
    4. Blue Beetle 400607 15and16 Seaserpent Pt 1and2.mp3
    5. Casey Crime Photographer 470911 Graveyard Gertie.mp3
    6. Casey Crime Photographer 471204 Serpent Goddess.mp3
    7. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 760425 Serpent Of Nile.mp3
    8. Chandu 330511 309 Bob Finds Poison And Letter.mp3
    9. Cisco Kid 540916 226 Who Lives By Six Gun.mp3
    10. Dragnet 510104 Big Holdup.mp3
    11. Escape 471015 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    12. Escape 471029 Pollock And Porrah Man.mp3
    13. Escape 480208 Snake Doctor East.mp3
    14. Escape 480214 Snake Doctor.mp3
    15. Escape 490313 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    16. Escape 490818 Snake Doctor.mp3
    17. Escape 500414 Golden Snake.mp3
    18. Escape 500707 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    19. Escape 500728 Poison.mp3
    20. Escape 500818 Footprint.mp3
    21. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 350416 Motorcycle Cop Judge Fibber.mp3
    22. Firefighters 124 Snake Suggested To Catch Remaining Monkeys.mp3
    23. Frank Bucks Jungle Quiz 410715 First Show.mp3
    24. Front Page Drama 410607 0424 Rattlesnake Murder Case.mp3
    25. Ft 521105 292 Snake In Time.mp3
    26. Grand Marquee 470206 23 Talk To Me.mp3
    27. Gunsmoke 531031 How To Kill Woman.mp3
    28. Gunsmoke 560812 Snake Bite.mp3
    29. Hollywood Theatre Group 3004 Whirlpool.mp3
    30. I Love Mystery 500830 Murder In Turqoise Pass Ep08of15.mp3
    31. Indian Trails 370000 Snake Dance Bb6409 102.mp3
    32. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 460108 Creeping Wall.mp3
    33. Jean Shepherd Show 620219 Realistic Television Shows.mp3
    34. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 046 Jerry Rides Splendor.mp3
    35. Lightning Jim Snake Strikes.mp3
    36. Lone Ranger 380613 0839 Snake Oil.mp3
    37. Lone Ranger 381123 0909 Stage Robbery Evidence.mp3
    38. Lone Ranger 401220 1234 Trail Of Timberline.mp3
    39. Lone Ranger 431027 1680 Rattlesnake Inn.mp3
    Volume 2 - 35 shows - total playtime 12 hours 5 minutes
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    1. Misadventures Of Si And Elmer 310000 16 Pat Doesnt Show Up.mp3
    2. Molle Mystery Theater 451012 Death Is Caused.mp3
    3. Morse 460421 14 Cobra King Strikes Back 1 Adventure Begins.mp3
    4. Mr Keen Tracer Of Lost Persons 500504 King Cobra Murder Case.mp3
    5. My Friend Irma 530519 272 Irmas Brother Lectures.mp3
    6. Nbc Radio Theater Your Radio Theater 560108 017 Snake Pit.mp3
    7. Philco Radio Time4649 480324 062 Wild Bill Elliott.mp3
    8. Phyl Coe Mysteries 371005 Death Boards Sea Serpent.mp3
    9. Red Ryder 420226 11 Range War.mp3
    10. Richard Diamond Private Detective 500312 Joyce Wallace Case.mp3
    11. Riding High 370610 11 Jane Froman.mp3
    12. Roy Rogers Show 530205 Rattlesnake.mp3
    13. Sleep No More 570109 Waxworks And Man And Snake.mp3
    14. Sleepy Joe 24 Tattlin Snake.mp3
    15. Space Patrol 550129 Planet Of Discord.mp3
    16. Strange Adventure 450000 Helping Hand.mp3
    17. Suspense 600403 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    18. Tales Of Texas Rangers 520217 66 Cold Blood.mp3
    19. Taos 430322 0470 Dr. Camerons Helicopter Pt 04.mp3
    20. Tarzan 320916 05 Tarzan Sees Ship.mp3
    21. Tarzan 320919 06 Tarzan Rescues Captain.mp3
    22. Tarzan 321214 68 Ship Wreck.mp3
    23. Tarzan 321216 Return Of Ship.mp3
    24. Tarzan Diamond Of Asher 350601 24 Diamond Of Asher 24.mp3
    25. Tarzan Fires Of Tohr 360000 33 Fires Of Tohr 33.mp3
    26. Tarzan Fires Of Tohr 360000 34 Fires Of Tohr 34.mp3
    27. Tennessee Jed 460111 095 Dalton Questions Tennessee.mp3
    28. Tennessee Jed 460213 118 Cookstove Tennessee Held Captive.mp3
    29. Theater Five 650225 Tobys Wonderful Egg.mp3
    30. True Detective Mysteries 370318 Rattlesnake Barefoot Bride.mp3
    31. Twenty First Precinct 540901 Copperhead.mp3
    32. Wild Bill Hickok 510610 011 Confidence Game.mp3
    33. Wild Bill Hickok 521222 116 Rustlers Of Rattlesnake Bend.mp3
    34. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 490311 Murder Is Merry Go Round.mp3
    35. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 590412 Fairweather Friend Matter.mp3
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    Volume 1 - 39 shows - total playtime 17 hours 42 minutes
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    1. Adventures Of Philip Marlowe 500621 Gold Cobra.mp3
    2. Adventures Of Philip Marlowe 500901 Soft Spot.mp3
    3. Aldrich Family 400220 034 Pigeon Coops.mp3
    4. Blue Beetle 400607 15and16 Seaserpent Pt 1and2.mp3
    5. Casey Crime Photographer 470911 Graveyard Gertie.mp3
    6. Casey Crime Photographer 471204 Serpent Goddess.mp3
    7. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 760425 Serpent Of Nile.mp3
    8. Chandu 330511 309 Bob Finds Poison And Letter.mp3
    9. Cisco Kid 540916 226 Who Lives By Six Gun.mp3
    10. Dragnet 510104 Big Holdup.mp3
    11. Escape 471015 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    12. Escape 471029 Pollock And Porrah Man.mp3
    13. Escape 480208 Snake Doctor East.mp3
    14. Escape 480214 Snake Doctor.mp3
    15. Escape 490313 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    16. Escape 490818 Snake Doctor.mp3
    17. Escape 500414 Golden Snake.mp3
    18. Escape 500707 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    19. Escape 500728 Poison.mp3
    20. Escape 500818 Footprint.mp3
    21. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 350416 Motorcycle Cop Judge Fibber.mp3
    22. Firefighters 124 Snake Suggested To Catch Remaining Monkeys.mp3
    23. Frank Bucks Jungle Quiz 410715 First Show.mp3
    24. Front Page Drama 410607 0424 Rattlesnake Murder Case.mp3
    25. Ft 521105 292 Snake In Time.mp3
    26. Grand Marquee 470206 23 Talk To Me.mp3
    27. Gunsmoke 531031 How To Kill Woman.mp3
    28. Gunsmoke 560812 Snake Bite.mp3
    29. Hollywood Theatre Group 3004 Whirlpool.mp3
    30. I Love Mystery 500830 Murder In Turqoise Pass Ep08of15.mp3
    31. Indian Trails 370000 Snake Dance Bb6409 102.mp3
    32. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 460108 Creeping Wall.mp3
    33. Jean Shepherd Show 620219 Realistic Television Shows.mp3
    34. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 046 Jerry Rides Splendor.mp3
    35. Lightning Jim Snake Strikes.mp3
    36. Lone Ranger 380613 0839 Snake Oil.mp3
    37. Lone Ranger 381123 0909 Stage Robbery Evidence.mp3
    38. Lone Ranger 401220 1234 Trail Of Timberline.mp3
    39. Lone Ranger 431027 1680 Rattlesnake Inn.mp3
    Volume 2 - 35 shows - total playtime 12 hours 5 minutes
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    1. Misadventures Of Si And Elmer 310000 16 Pat Doesnt Show Up.mp3
    2. Molle Mystery Theater 451012 Death Is Caused.mp3
    3. Morse 460421 14 Cobra King Strikes Back 1 Adventure Begins.mp3
    4. Mr Keen Tracer Of Lost Persons 500504 King Cobra Murder Case.mp3
    5. My Friend Irma 530519 272 Irmas Brother Lectures.mp3
    6. Nbc Radio Theater Your Radio Theater 560108 017 Snake Pit.mp3
    7. Philco Radio Time4649 480324 062 Wild Bill Elliott.mp3
    8. Phyl Coe Mysteries 371005 Death Boards Sea Serpent.mp3
    9. Red Ryder 420226 11 Range War.mp3
    10. Richard Diamond Private Detective 500312 Joyce Wallace Case.mp3
    11. Riding High 370610 11 Jane Froman.mp3
    12. Roy Rogers Show 530205 Rattlesnake.mp3
    13. Sleep No More 570109 Waxworks And Man And Snake.mp3
    14. Sleepy Joe 24 Tattlin Snake.mp3
    15. Space Patrol 550129 Planet Of Discord.mp3
    16. Strange Adventure 450000 Helping Hand.mp3
    17. Suspense 600403 Shipment Of Mute Fate.mp3
    18. Tales Of Texas Rangers 520217 66 Cold Blood.mp3
    19. Taos 430322 0470 Dr. Camerons Helicopter Pt 04.mp3
    20. Tarzan 320916 05 Tarzan Sees Ship.mp3
    21. Tarzan 320919 06 Tarzan Rescues Captain.mp3
    22. Tarzan 321214 68 Ship Wreck.mp3
    23. Tarzan 321216 Return Of Ship.mp3
    24. Tarzan Diamond Of Asher 350601 24 Diamond Of Asher 24.mp3
    25. Tarzan Fires Of Tohr 360000 33 Fires Of Tohr 33.mp3
    26. Tarzan Fires Of Tohr 360000 34 Fires Of Tohr 34.mp3
    27. Tennessee Jed 460111 095 Dalton Questions Tennessee.mp3
    28. Tennessee Jed 460213 118 Cookstove Tennessee Held Captive.mp3
    29. Theater Five 650225 Tobys Wonderful Egg.mp3
    30. True Detective Mysteries 370318 Rattlesnake Barefoot Bride.mp3
    31. Twenty First Precinct 540901 Copperhead.mp3
    32. Wild Bill Hickok 510610 011 Confidence Game.mp3
    33. Wild Bill Hickok 521222 116 Rustlers Of Rattlesnake Bend.mp3
    34. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 490311 Murder Is Merry Go Round.mp3
    35. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 590412 Fairweather Friend Matter.mp3
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    74 recordings on 32 Audio CDs
    total playtime 29 hours, 47 min

    Snakes Disc A001

    1. Firefighters 124 Snake Suggested To Catch Remaining Monkeys
    2. Hollywood Theatre Group 3004 Whirlpool

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    Snakes Disc A002

    1. Lightning Jim Snake Strikes
    2. Sleepy Joe 24 Tattlin Snake
    3. Misadventures Of Si And Elmer 310000 16 Pat Doesnt Show Up
    4. Tarzan 320916 05 Tarzan Sees Ship

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    Snakes Disc A003

    1. Tarzan 320919 06 Tarzan Rescues Captain
    2. Tarzan 321214 68 Ship Wreck
    3. Tarzan 321216 Return Of Ship
    4. Chandu 330511 309 Bob Finds Poison And Letter

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    Snakes Disc A004

    1. Fibber Mcgee And Molly 350416 Motorcycle Cop Judge Fibber
    2. Tarzan Diamond Of Asher 350601 24 Diamond Of Asher 24
    3. Tarzan Fires Of Tohr 360000 33 Fires Of Tohr 33
    4. Tarzan Fires Of Tohr 360000 34 Fires Of Tohr 34

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    Snakes Disc A005

    1. Indian Trails 370000 Snake Dance Bb6409 102
    2. Jerry Of Circus 370000 Episode 046 Jerry Rides Splendor
    3. True Detective Mysteries 370318 Rattlesnake Barefoot Bride
    4. Riding High 370610 11 Jane Froman

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    Snakes Disc A006

    1. Phyl Coe Mysteries 371005 Death Boards Sea Serpent
    2. Lone Ranger 380613 0839 Snake Oil

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    Snakes Disc A007

    1. Lone Ranger 381123 0909 Stage Robbery Evidence
    2. Aldrich Family 400220 034 Pigeon Coops

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    Snakes Disc A008

    1. Blue Beetle 400607 15and16 Seaserpent Pt 1and2
    2. Lone Ranger 401220 1234 Trail Of Timberline

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    Snakes Disc A009

    1. Front Page Drama 410607 0424 Rattlesnake Murder Case
    2. Frank Bucks Jungle Quiz 410715 First Show
    3. Red Ryder 420226 11 Range War

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    Snakes Disc A010

    1. Taos 430322 0470 Dr. Camerons Helicopter Pt 04
    2. Lone Ranger 431027 1680 Rattlesnake Inn
    3. Strange Adventure 450000 Helping Hand
    4. Molle Mystery Theater 451012 Death Is Caused

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    Snakes Disc A011

    1. Inner Sanctum Mysteries 460108 Creeping Wall
    2. Tennessee Jed 460111 095 Dalton Questions Tennessee
    3. Tennessee Jed 460213 118 Cookstove Tennessee Held Captive

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    Snakes Disc A012

    1. Morse 460421 14 Cobra King Strikes Back 1 Adventure Begins
    2. Grand Marquee 470206 23 Talk To Me

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    Snakes Disc A013

    1. Casey Crime Photographer 470911 Graveyard Gertie
    2. Escape 471015 Shipment Of Mute Fate

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    Snakes Disc A014

    1. Escape 471029 Pollock And Porrah Man
    2. Casey Crime Photographer 471204 Serpent Goddess

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    Snakes Disc A015

    1. Escape 480208 Snake Doctor East
    2. Escape 480214 Snake Doctor

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    Snakes Disc A016

    1. Philco Radio Time4649 480324 062 Wild Bill Elliott
    2. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 490311 Murder Is Merry Go Round

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    Snakes Disc A017

    1. Escape 490313 Shipment Of Mute Fate
    2. Escape 490818 Snake Doctor

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    Snakes Disc A018

    1. Richard Diamond Private Detective 500312 Joyce Wallace Case
    2. Escape 500414 Golden Snake

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    Snakes Disc A019

    1. Mr Keen Tracer Of Lost Persons 500504 King Cobra Murder Case
    2. Adventures Of Philip Marlowe 500621 Gold Cobra

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    Snakes Disc A020

    1. Escape 500707 Shipment Of Mute Fate
    2. Escape 500728 Poison

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    Snakes Disc A021

    1. Escape 500818 Footprint
    2. I Love Mystery 500830 Murder In Turqoise Pass Ep08of15

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    Snakes Disc A022

    1. Adventures Of Philip Marlowe 500901 Soft Spot
    2. Dragnet 510104 Big Holdup

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    Snakes Disc A023

    1. Wild Bill Hickok 510610 011 Confidence Game
    2. Tales Of Texas Rangers 520217 66 Cold Blood

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    Snakes Disc A024

    1. Ft 521105 292 Snake In Time
    2. Wild Bill Hickok 521222 116 Rustlers Of Rattlesnake Bend

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    Snakes Disc A025

    1. Roy Rogers Show 530205 Rattlesnake
    2. My Friend Irma 530519 272 Irmas Brother Lectures

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    Snakes Disc A026

    1. Gunsmoke 531031 How To Kill Woman
    2. Twenty First Precinct 540901 Copperhead

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    Snakes Disc A027

    1. Cisco Kid 540916 226 Who Lives By Six Gun
    2. Space Patrol 550129 Planet Of Discord

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    Snakes Disc A028

    1. Nbc Radio Theater Your Radio Theater 560108 017 Snake Pit

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    Snakes Disc A029

    1. Gunsmoke 560812 Snake Bite
    2. Sleep No More 570109 Waxworks And Man And Snake

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    Snakes Disc A030

    1. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 590412 Fairweather Friend Matter
    2. Suspense 600403 Shipment Of Mute Fate

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    Snakes Disc A031

    1. Jean Shepherd Show 620219 Realistic Television Shows
    2. Theater Five 650225 Tobys Wonderful Egg

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    Snakes Disc A032

    1. Cbs Radio Mystery Theater 760425 Serpent Of Nile

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