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Slither Me Timbers (also known as Head Long Flight and Headlong Flight) is a challenge that originated in Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X. It was later used in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers and Island of the Idols.


The castaways' feet are tied together and their arms are bound to their sides. One at a time they must slither through the sand through a series of obstacles before completing a final objective.

In Millennials vs. Gen X and Island of the Idols, the team had to complete a puzzle at the end of the course, while in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers the unbound tribe member had to shoot five balls into a receptacle before completing the challenge.


In Millennials vs. Gen X, David Wright drew the white rock and did not have to compete, automatically earning a spot on the reward. Although the team of Jay Starrett, Ken McNickle, and Will Wahl got off to an early lead, the team of Adam Klein, Hannah Shapiro, and Jessica Lewis and the team of Bret LaBelle, Sunday Burquest, and Zeke Smith both caught up at the puzzle portion, with Bret, Sunday, and Zeke finishing first, joining David on the reward.

The challenge returned in Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, this time with the additional task of pushing balls with their heads. Levu got off to a strong start with Desi Williams, and continued on to Ashley Nolan and Joe Mena's laps. Soko and Yawa struggled, especially Yawa's Mike Zahalsky and Soko's Ryan Ulrich, who both had trouble getting over their hills. With Levu's lead, Devon Pinto managed to toss five balls into the receptacle, winning for his tribe. Cole Medders managed to finish his hoops before Soko even finished the slithering portion due to Ryan's struggle, also winning reward for Yawa.

The challenge was used immediately after the Tribe Switch in Island of the Idols where three pairs were tethered together on each tribe and had to slither together to make it across the finish line. Then, the final, untethered, pair had to solve a fire-shaped puzzle. Vokai got off to an early lead after various members of Lairo struggled in the sand, allowing them to easily win reward.


Episode Challenge Type Winners
Millennials vs. Gen X
"Million Dollar Gamble"
Team Reward S33 bret t.pngS33 sunday t.pngS33 zeke t.png
Bret, Sunday, & Zeke
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
"The Past Will Eat You Alive"
Tribal Reward S35 ashley t.pngS35 desi t.pngS35 devon t.pngS35 joe t.png
S35 ben t.pngS35 cole t.png
S35 jessica t.pngS35 lauren t.pngS35 mike t.png
Island of the Idols
"Don't Bite the Hand That Feeds You"
Tribal Reward S39 aaron t.pngS39 dan t.pngS39 elaine t.pngS39 elizabeth t.png
S39 jason t.pngS39 lauren t.pngS39 missy t.pngS39 tommy t.png



  • This challenge has only been used in seasons filmed in Fiji.


Recurring Challenges
A Bit Tipsy · A Crate Idea · A Leg Up · A Numbers Game · Air Raid · Angry Chair · Around the Bend · Back in Slack · Balancing Point · Ballin' A Jack · Barrel Bridge · Barrel of Monkeys · Basket Brawl · Better Homes and Island Living · Beyond the Wheel · Blind Leading the Blind · Blue Lagoon Bustle · Blue Plate Special · Boats, Brains & Brawn · Bone to Pick · Boulder Smash · Bow Diddley · Box Your Mind · Braille Maze · Broken China · Buggin' Out · Build It Up, Break It Down · Butch Cassidy · By Any Means Necessary · By the Numbers · Can't Buoy Me Love · Cannonball Run · Caught in the Web · Cell Block Sea · Challenge Pitch · Chief's Choice · Chimney Sweep · Chinese Zodiac Symbols · Choose Your Weapon · Coconut Juice · Crate Escape · Crocodile Rock · Crosswalk · Cube Crisis · Dear Liza · Dive Masters · Domino Effect · Draggin' the Dragon · Dragging the River · Drop A Log · Dulcimer Stomp · End of the Line · Fallen Comrades · Fast Fire · Faulty Towers · Fauxconut Bowling · Fire and Water · Fire Fighter · Float Your Boat · Floating Puzzle · Game of Bridge · Gatecrasher · Get a Grip · Get Barreled · Get Hooked · Get Your Goat · Gimme Three Steps · Great Escape Run · Hands on a Hard Idol · Hear About It Ladder · Hot Pursuit · House of Cards · House of the Holey · Idol Hands · Jail Break · Jump Shot · Jungle Love · Jungle Relay · Kamikaze · Keel Hauling · Keep It Up · Keep on Your Toes · Kicking and Screaming · Kitty Litter · Know Your Loved One · Ladder Tree Golf · Last Gasp · Letter Hunt · Lock, Load and Light · Lock Step · Log Jam · Losing Face · Mask Match · Matchmaker · Matt Finish · Memory · Mud Pack · Mud Slide · Muddy Waters · New School · New Tribe Member · Nut Bucket · O-Black Water · Odd Shaped Bottoms · Operation Balance Build · Out on a Limb · Over-Extended · Paddle Battle · Paddle Out · Perch · Pilfering Pirates · Piranha Feast · Pole Dancing · Pot Head · Push Me, Pull You · Puzzle Dig · Pyramid Scheme · Q and A · Quest for Fire · Race to Shore · Ram-Ball On · Rescue Mission · Rice Race · Rise and Shrine · Rock Bottom · Rock n' Roll · Rod Screw-It · Roll With It · Roller Ball · Running Down a Dream · · Sacrificial Lamb · Schmergen Brawl · Sea Crates · Sea Legs · Sea Salvage · Shipwrecked · Shoot 'n' Shuffle · Shooting Gallery · Shoulder the Load · Simmotion · Slip, Slide & Score · Slither Me Timbers · Smash and Grab · Snag, Drag and Bag · Snake in the Grass · Snake Island Relay · SOS Signal · Spear-it Hunt · Spit It Out · Splash Back · Sprung A Leak · Squared Off · Squatty Probst · Stacked Up · Stairway to Heaven · Stairway to the Stars · Station By Station · Step on Up · Stomp-ede · Strung Out · Sumo at Sea · Survivor Auction · Survivor History · Survivor Pentathlon · Survivor Quiz Show · Swahili Scramble · Swing Break · Temple Transfer · The Ball Drop · The Cruel Sea · The Game is Afoot · The Gauntlet · The Home Stretch · The Maze · The Obstacle Course · This Much · Thrash, Splash & Bash · TLP O-Course · Tomb Raider · Troubled Water · Uncomfortably Numb · United We Stand · Vampire Bats · Vertically Challenged · Vertigo · Wall to Wall · Well Stacked · What-er Drag · When It Rains, It Pours · Wicker Flicker · Will It Go Round · Witch Hunt · Wrist Assured · Yank Your Hank · You Shook Me