Attention, Nicki Minaj! 5SOS Have Some Killer Tips For Handling A Snake

5 Seconds of Summer review crucial snake safety before their performance at the VMAs tonight at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.

5 Seconds of Summer know a little something about handling snakes — as native Australians, they’ve grown up with them slithering around. So naturally, they gave us some snake safety tips before they play the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, which has rich snake history.

1. Don’t get bitten
Luke Hemmings is more of a precautionary guy, which explains this obvious rule. But sometimes it’s not so easy to avoid a snake, especially if you’re dancing with one onstage, like Nicki Minaj’s VMA dancer, who was bitten during rehearsals on Friday. (Fortunately she’s fine, by the way!)

2. Don’t lick the snake
This piece of advice comes from Michael Clifford, who thought it was necessary to issue that warning. Maybe he was speaking directly to Miley Cyrus?

3. The snake fears you
“The snake is more afraid of you then you are of it,” Luke reminded us, although Calum countered, “When the snake starts chasing you, that’s when the tables start to turn.”

Just be careful out there, folks. And don’t forget to watch 5 Seconds of Summer perform “Amnesia” at the VMAs tonight on MTV at 9/8c.

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