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"...Bye! / See ya, cops! / Hoa! / Dude!"
―Snake's various catchphrases

Snake Jailbird is a recidivist criminal, always getting arrested, but rarely being kept locked up for long. His real name has been referred to as either Chester Turley[1] or Albert Knickerbocker Aloysius Snake,[2] and seemingly before his criminal career, he was known as Detention Bird[3] and Professor Jailbird.[4] He speaks with a "Valley Boy" accent and has a tattoo of a snake on his arm. He is partial to fast cars and fast women and has a knack for reckless abandon. Jailbird is known to associate with criminals including the Springfield Crime Family.


In the Declan Desmond documentary Growing Up Springfield, showing the pasts of Springfield citizens, Snake is called "Detention Bird" by a 16-year-old Clancy Wiggum.[3]

A former student of Middlebury College, Snake referred to himself as "Professor Jailbird"; it was also revealed that he was formerly an idealistic Indiana Jones-type archaeologist, until Moe stole the Mayan gold coins that Snake had discovered and was going to donate to the museum, so he decided to take his revenge out on society (convenience stores). Snake also has a son named Jeremy.[4]

It is stated that Snake had previously spent time in a juvenile facility, suggesting he was a criminal before being an archaeologist.[5]

It is implied by Otto that Snake was the one responsible for ruining Spinal Tap's concert.[6]

He has stolen cars from Moe, Chief Wiggum, his ex-wife Gloria, Sarah Wiggum, Dr. Nick, Bumblebee Man, Professor Frink, Agnes Skinner, and other characters.

In an early episode Homer's Triple Bypass the address of Snake's hideout was 742 Evergreen Terrace, before it was established as the Simpson Family's address. It was located next door to Rev. Lovejoy's house and looked considerably different than the Simpson Family home.


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Snakes 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 Convertible

Snake is constantly seen getting arrested but never appearing to stay in prison. He speaks with a "Valley Boy" accent and keeps a cigarette pack rolled up in his sleeve. Snake has auburn hair. His occupation is a criminal and a former professor and archaeologist. Snake is partial to fast cars and fast women and has a knack for reckless abandon.


Snake Patch

Snake's car's name is "Lil' Bandit," which is a 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 Convertible with the license plate GR8 68. It could be a reference to James Dean's so-called possessed car the "Li'l Bastard." It also could be a reference to the movie "Smokey and The Bandit" which featured a similar Pontiac used to escape police. (but that is a 1978 Firebird Trans Am which is the car Apu drives) It should be noted that the Lil' Bandit's horn plays the opening line of the tune Dixie, similar to The General Lee from the The Dukes of Hazzard.

Snake has a son named Jeremy, who looks just like him. Snake has custody issues with Jeremy. Although Snake seems to have committed every crime possible, he is an extremely good father to his son. Snake's ex-girlfriend, Gloria, briefly dated Mr. Burns, but then came back to him. Snake and Gloria have been seen together many times and she is pregnant once. He was also implied to have a soft spot for puppies and other animals, as, after being given one of Santa's Little Helper's Poodle/Greyhound puppies, promises to take care of it (albeit in a similar manner to trying to kidnap someone), as well as rubbing it affectionately.[7] His exact views on kids besides his own have varied. Although he once tried to run over Bart in an alleyway during a police sting,[8] he once reacted with horror when, while trying to shoot at Chief Wiggum during a police chase, saw he had Maggie Simpsons in his arms and was noticeably horrified that he had nearly endangered her (as he and Marge accidentally mixed up his gun and Maggie after bumping into each other during said police chase and trying to rush back home in time for Bart and Lisa to come home from school, respectively), and gave Maggie back to Marge while laughing sheepishly with her at the mistake.[9]

Snake can be seen wearing a Middlebury t-shirt under his trademark vest, suggesting he may be an alumnus[10]. Princeton, however, is the school most often referenced as Snake's alma mater.

Snake was once held captive by Herman, along with Chief Wiggum, but was eventually rescued by Kirk and Milhouse [11].

Snake once ran a telemarketing scam, but could not stick to it, because he didn't like bothering people at home. His reluctance to waste people's time was further highlighted when the subject of a missing dollar bill came up in Springfield, where he asked Bart if the bill he owned had bank teller blood on it, and after Bart stated it did not, he sheepishly apologized for wasting their time before leaving. He also wrote the books, "The Ten Habits of Highly Successful Criminals" and "A Criminal's Guide to Hiding in Mexico."

Snake once had a tattoo on his back, saying "Snake and Gloria 4 Ever," but Homer changed it to "Never".[12]

Non-Canon Appearances[]

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Treehouse of Horror[]

In "Treehouse of Horror IX" segment Hell Toupée, Snake was executed based on a "three-strikes" policy. First, he burned down an orphanage, then he blew up a bus full of nuns (which Snake declared was "totally self-defense"), and finally, he smoked in the Kwik-E-Mart. His hair was then implanted into Homer's head, but it had to be removed, due to issues with the hair, instilling Snake-like characteristics into Homer, e.g. seeking revenge for Snake's imprisonment and execution by murdering Bart, etc.

In "Treehouse of Horror XIV" segment Frinkenstein although not making a full physical appearance Snake's right arm is one of the parts Frink Sr collects in his rampage to take organs from others to replace his robot parts. Implying Frink Sr either killed him or just simply ripped off his arm off screen but survived (as Comic Book Guy was shown to be alive despite Frink Sr had taken his butt)

In the "Treehouse of Horror XIII" Dr. Hibbert's Island segment, he was one of the many people subjected to Hibbert's animal genetics experiments, he was a skunk.

In the "Treehouse of Horror XXII" segment Dial D For Diddly, he tries stealing a painting but is murdered by Ned Flanders who was pretending to be a statue and hurls a sling stone at Snake's head which kills him upon impact and stains the painting behind Snake with splatters of his blood.

In "Treehouse of Horror XXVI" segment Wanted: Dead, Then Alive, he is mentioned by Lisa that they tried, convicted, and executed Snake for Bart's murder.

In the opening for "Treehouse of Horror XXVII", he worked as a worker at an ex-con Christmas tree yard, where he helped someone get their Christmas tree into the car, and also blew out one of the windows with a shotgun to give the tree more room to fit. He also appears in the BFF R.I.P segment in prison telling Bart and Lisa to keep it down as he is busy holding Wiggum hostage with a shiv to his neck before stabbing Wiggum in the neck.


In "Future-Drama", he tries to rob Charles Montgomery Burns but is foiled by Bart Simpson.

In "Holidays of Future Passed", he is a robot trying to rob the Kwik-E-Mart.


Robot Snake

Video Games[]

The Simpsons Road Rage[]

Snake occasionally appears as a passenger, and often tells the player he just wants to get out of the area immediately. However, he sometimes directly tells the player where he wants to go. Namely, he states at one point that he wishes to go to 742 Evergreen Terrace in order to loot the house. He can also be unlocked as a playable character, his vehicle is Lil' Bandit. In Mission Mode he used in Mission 5 where the player has to knock over 20 barrels of nuclear waste at the Nuclear Power Plant.

The Simpsons: Hit & Run[]

Snake is first in encountered in Level 2 of the mission "Weapons of Mass Delinquency" where he sells illegal fireworks to Bart. Later on in the mission "Bart 'n' Frink" he briefly stole a military radio from Herman's Military Antiques (as he thought he'd get bodacious chicks with a military radio), but Bart managed to stop him by challenging him to a race to settle who gets the radio and Snake ends up losing the race (also because Bart convinced him that girls like fast cars not vintage electronics). Snake was later arrested by Chief Wiggum in Level 3 of the mission "Slithery Sleuthing" when Lisa helped him uncover evidence of crimes under the three-strikes law (Counterfeit Designer Jeans, running over an elderly citizen without a permit, and littering, in that order) in exchange for information in regards to her missing brother. Later on in Level 5, Apu reluctantly sought for his advice in regards to a potential lead to the source of the contamination of the Buzz Cola, as well as who was involved in contaminating it. Snake agrees to give him all he knows in exchange for Apu helping him do "community service" (which involved taking Garbage Pails and, later, destroying an Armored Truck), the second of which he truly gave info after Apu threatened to use profanity. In Level 6 he hosts the bonus mission "Milking the Pigs" where Bart has to steal the evidence Wiggum is keeping for Snake's trial from his police car and then destroy a milk truck (as he claims Fat Tony is paying big bucks for every milk truck that gets destroyed) beating the bonus mission unlocks his car "Lil' Bandit". His last appearance was in Level 7 when Homer ended up carjacking Snake (to which he notes the irony that he is the one getting carjacked), and ends up agreeing in order to not see Homer flip the bird at him. He survives the destruction of his car (he is seen to have jumped out). His car contained nuclear waste, and it was pulled into the Rigellians Tractor Beam.

He sometimes appears in the back area inside of the Kwik-E-Mart as a background gag where he is seen mugging Hans Moleman.

On the main menu screen he is one of several characters that appears and passes by the sitting room window. He is seen dropping from a height implying he had just dropped off the roof of the house after successfully or unsuccessfully committing a burglary on it, quickly looks through the window to check that nobody has seen him and then runs off.

His voice is also heard at the beginning of the game, where he announces the name of "Radical Entertainment" in his usual manner.

The Simpsons Game[]

When the new Itchy and Scratchy game comes out, the entire Police Department is distracted and Snake thinks it will be a good chance for him to escape on his way to rob an orphanage, but is caught.

Snake appears in a jail cell in the level Mob Rules, who can be busted out and can join Marge's mob to ironically protest the sale of a violent video game.

Later during the Alien Invasion, Snake is seen talking to Agnes Skinner who assumes he's going to rob her which Snake doesn't get and asks why everyone assumes he is going to rob them. Agnes says it is because he is a criminal.

"Simpsons Bible Stories"[]

Snake appeared as the Serpent during the first segment detailing Adam and Eve, where he tempts Adam (played by Homer) and Eve (portrayed by Marge). Although Marge is unwilling to eat the apple, Homer eats several.


  • Snake's real name was revealed to be Chester Turley on a Simpsons collectible card and/or in The Fool Monty. However, in "Luca$" Kent Brockman states that Snake's real name is actually Albert Knickerbocker Aloysius Snake. In a story told by Moe (as shown in "The Seemingly Never-Ending Story"), it is mentioned that he once went by "Professor Jailbird" when he was a young, idealistic archaeologist, although this may or may not actually be true.
  • Snake hates singing.[13]
  • In "The PTA Disbands", it is revealed that Snake used to be a student at Springfield Elementary School.
  • Snake is presumably next-door neighbors with the Lovejoys, or at least his cattle rustling location is next door.[14]
  • He is annoyed by Sideshow Bob.
  • In the second issue of the Simpsons comics, Chief Wiggum refers to his inmate name as 354703.
  • Snake was originally going to be in the episode "The Strong Arms of the Ma" where he mugs Marge in the ally. But the show's writers decided to replace him with a new villain because they felt that Marge would have been used to Snake numerous times throughout the entire series. Same as Bart is being used to being around Sideshow Bob.


Snake Jailbird
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