‘The Pioneer Woman’ Ree Drummond Reveals the Origin of The Hilarious Snake Prank She and Ladd Play on Each Other

The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond and her husband, Ladd Drummond, love to play jokes on each other. If you watch clips from her Food Network show, you’ll see many playful moments between the couple. Here’s what Ree shared about how she and her husband started their snake prank.

How Ree and Ladd Drummond started pranking each other with fake snakes

Ree Drummond |Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Ree Drummond |Tyler Essary/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Ree says she doesn’t understand why she and Ladd prank each other with snakes, but she thinks it’s quite funny. What she does know is how they started pranking each other. Ree tells her blog readers the joke started around the time they first got married almost two decades ago.

Like many marital feuds, I can’t even remember what or who started it. But somewhere along the way, one of us thought it would be funny to plant a small rubber snake in a place where the other person would be surprised by it. Under a pillow, inside the shower, in the console of a pickup… I can’t remember which. Then the person who was pranked jumped or otherwise reacted just enough to cause the pranker to laugh… and with that, a war was started.

Ree Drummond’s snake prank fail

Ree told her fans about one snake prank that went terribly wrong. She was trying to prank Ladd by placing a fake snake on his side of the bed. However, when Ladd found the fake snake, he picked it up and placed it on her side of the bed. Ree was trying to scare her husband, but the joke was on her because she ended up getting a scare. Here’s how Ree describes the mishap:

One of the best moments (for Marlboro Man at least) was when I planted a small rubber snake under the quilt on his side of the bed and he discovered it when he pulled back his side of the covers to get into bed.

That wasn’t the part he liked; What he liked was that after I stopped laughing at his reaction (which is always kind of a manly mini-jump) he in turn placed the snake on the floor on my side of the bed, so when I came to bed after brushing my teeth a few minutes later, I almost stepped on it, screamed, and jumped on the bed because I thought it was a snake. So, I basically scared myself, effectively.

Ree Drummond says she’s still afraid of real snakes

Ree says just because she and Ladd play jokes on each other with fake snakes doesn’t mean they have become desensitized. She says they’re so fearful of real snakes that they’re hyperaware of them. They also have a fear of fake snakes despite the pranks they play on each other.

“Maybe, it has been suggested, we will grow so weary from seeing fake snakes that we won’t take the threat seriously anymore and won’t know a real snake when we see one,” writes Ree. “But I have found the opposite is true. Along with our fear of real snakes, we have actually developed a fear of fake snakes. Not because we are scared of plastic toys, but because we are deathly afraid of being one-upped by the other. So, we are even more vigilant than the typical fearer-of-snakes: Not only do we fear real snakes, we fear fake ones.”

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