Ok, admittedly it may be a little more frightening that a worm, but it's only a snake. And one held in place at the end of a large pole.
But despite that Sonny Bill Williams's hard-man image took a knock after film emerged of him running away half-naked after he was confronted by the snake in the New Zealand rugby league team's dressing room.
The video start with Williams relaxing on a massage table as the snake is picked up by a handler and walked in his direction. Williams, who lists being a boxer on his CV, jumps off the table and heads for cover to the amusement of team-mates.