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Nov 12 2015

8 Giant Snake Photos Explained

Some of the BIGGEST snakes in the world, these 8 incredible images of giant snakes are broken down and explained.

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#8 FLUFFY

The Story: Fluffy is the world’s largest snake.

The Truth: Fluffy was the largest snake in the world and was entered into the Guinness World Records in 2009. Bred by Bob Clark of Bob Clark Captive Bred Reptiles, she was a very large Tiger Reticulated Python born in 1992. She was a gentle giant and was sold to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in 2008. She passed away 3 years later prematurely due to a tumor.

The current longest living snake is Medusa at 25 feet 2 inches (7.67 meters). She is another large Reticulated Python owned by Full Moon Productions Inc. in Kansas City, MO. She acquired this record in 2011 and still holds the record.

Most Reticulated Pythons reach a maximum length of 10-20 feet (3-6 meters). Often these larger-than-average snakes have been “power fed,” are obese, and die prematurely. Fluffy, for instance, passed away at 18-years-old. For a snake that should have lived well into her mid-20s to early 30s, she died prematurely, yet longer than many of these overfed snakes.

The Facts:

Species: Reticulated Python (Python reticulatus)

Location: United States

Length: Fluffy – over 24 feet (7 meters); Medusa – 25 feet 2 inches (7.67 meters)

 

# 7RATTLESNAKE

The Story: A man comes across a giant rattlesnake.

The Truth: This is a case of an image that has been Photoshopped, and poorly. Rattlesnakes, while venomous, are rarely lethal and are relatively small. Most species remain under 6 feet 6 inches (2 meters) and many being under the 3 foot (1 meter) mark. They also weigh less than 10 pounds (4.5 kilograms), which is much smaller than the snake appears to be.

The Facts:

Species: Rattlesnake

Location: Unknown

Length: Under 8 feet

 

 

#6 OLIVE PYTHON EATING A COW

The Story: A giant snake killed a cow and hoisted it up a cliff to eat it.

The Truth: Another case of a real photo combined with a story that is sensationalized. The snake is an Olive Python (Liasis olivaceus), a large python from Northern Australia. It reaches a length of just over 13 feet (4 meters) and they like to be either in the water or in rock crevices around the water as they are an ambush predator.

They commonly eat appropriately-sized rodents, birds, and reptiles. This snake had caught a Rock-Wallaby which, according to a person claiming to be the original photographer, the snake was unable to lift all the way up to its ledge so that it could consume it.

Significantly smaller than a cow, the rock-wallaby can weigh up to 53 pounds (24 kg), the size of a large dog, although many species get no larger than 22 pounds (10 kg).

The Facts:

Species: Olive Python (Liasis olivaceus)

Location: Kimberley region, Western Australia

Length: Under 13 feet (4 meters)

Meal: Rock-Wallaby, not a cow

 

 

#5 GIANT SWIMMING SNAKE

The Story: Some unnamed person in a rescue mission to an unknown location for an unknown reason saw this snake swimming in the river and took a picture. It is estimated to be 100 feet long.

The Truth: This story is so vague on location, size, and everything else that it makes it hard to know where to start. However, it is easy to show that the size of the “snake” in this picture is well over the 100-foot mark they have given it when you compare it to the trees in the area. Other pictures of this “snake” show it unable to stretch across the river which it should be able to do easily if it actually existed.

Those facts combined with only one image of the snake in the water from above and one at ground level, combined with a lack of eye-witnesses leads this myth to be proven false.

The Facts:

Species: Unknown

Location: Unknown

Length: Unknown

 

 

#4 KRUGER AFRICAN ROCK PYTHON

huge african rock python

 

The Story: A couple of British tourists were in Kruger National Park in South Africa when a large African Rock Python slithered into their car’s engine cavity. It was removed unharmed.

The Truth: This story is on the borderline of too good to be true, yet there are multiple pictures, consistent story lines, and the snake would have fit successfully in that cavity. It may be embellished by saying that they had driven the car as it is more likely that the snake slithered into the cavity in the night, it is possible that it happened the way the Swarts claimed.

The Facts:

Species: African Rock Python (Python sebae)

Location: Kruger National Park, South Africa

Length: 13-16 feet (4-5 meters)

 

 

 

 

#3 ANACONDA

The Story: A giant Anaconda was found in “…Africa’s Amazon river…” killing over 200 people and 2000 animals. With a length of 134 feet (41 meters) and 4557 pounds (2067 kg), this snake apparently took 37 days for “…Africa’s Royal British commandos…” to kill.

The Truth: The snake is a Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus) which, while one of the largest snakes in the world, falls short of these impressive numbers. With a length of approximately 17 feet (5 meters) and the ability to weigh over 100 pounds, this snake would need to be approximately 8 times the average length and over 20 times the weight.

This photo has been Photoshopped and it was done quite poorly. While a snake of that size would be impressive, it is highly unlikely. Also, the Amazon river is in South America, and stating that it is in Africa should raise several red flags.

There was a reward of $50,000 to anyone who can present a live snake of 30 feet or more offered by the New York Zoological Society since 1910. While it was discontinued to discourage people from bothering these giants in their natural habitat, that prize was never claimed in almost 100 years of people searching.

The Facts:

Species: Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus)

Location: South America

Length: Under 17 feet (5 meters)

 

 

#2 SNAKE ON SEMI

The Story: There are variations of this story, the most common being that this snake was caught on the Red Sea by Egyptian soldiers and scientists. Quoting a length of 141 feet (43 meters) and an age of over 100 years old, this snake apparently killed 320 tourists and 125 divers.

The Truth: The first question you should ask is: where was the media coverage? That’s right, there was none. A snake of this size with a death toll of that magnitude would be front-page material around the world and every reporter would want in on it.

On a closer look, you can see that the tanks, “Egyptian soldiers,” and other things in the photos are nothing more than children’s toys. While the smaller, grainier pictures that are commonly circulated do appear somewhat more realistic, the high-resolution pictures prove that this is no more real than the 1954 classic Godzilla.

When you consider that Army men are approximately 2 inches (5 centimeters) tall, that would make this snake under 6 feet 6 inches (2 meters) long. That’s a far cry from 141 feet.

The Facts:

Species: Unknown deceased snake

Location: Unknown

Length: Under 6 feet 6 inches (2 meters)

# 1 AFRICAN ROCK PYTHON CAUGHT IN ELECTRIC FENCE

The Story: There are many stories surrounding this picture from all around the world, the most common being the following.

An Australian sheep farmer had lost several sheep on his farm and decided to erect an electric fence to prevent further loss. After a week he found this snake, after it had eaten one of his sheep.

The Truth: This is a case of a real picture paired with the wrong story. The snake was an African Rock Python (Python sebae). While the African Rock Python is one of the true giants of the world that reaches a length of up to 20 feet (6 meters), although it is often is no larger than 13 feet (4 meters). This snake had consumed an impala gazelle ewe at the Silent Valley Game Ranch in South Africa where they are a native species. It ended up catching on the electric fencing and was electrocuted. A snake this size would commonly eat appropriately sized mammals, birds, and even reptiles.

The Facts:

Species: African Rock Python (Python sebae)

Location: South Africa not Australia

Length: Over 13 feet (4 meters)

Meal: Impala ewe, not a sheep or a man