Claim: Photograph shows a 50-lb. rattlesnake caught in Clay County, West Virginia in
Status: Real photo; inaccurate description.
Examples: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
This Rattlesnake was caught in Clay County, WV on
Well, this would be an unpleasent surprise!!! Here is the news release that came in to me just the other day: Rattlesnake!
I have to note that this is about
Variations: Some October 2005 forwards of the photo include a text description that details the finding of a “Big Timber Rattler” “near an open path” in Potter County, PA,
Origins: There were several reasons to doubt the origins of the photograph displayed above matched the description that accompanied it on the Internet:
- The snake pictured is a western diamondback rattler, a species that does not live east of the Mississippi River.
- The apparent size of the reptile is exaggerated in the photograph because a stick is being used to position it much closer to the camera’s lens than the men standing behind it are. An
8-foot, 10-lb.diamondback rattler is considered a giant for that species, so the snake pictured probably weighs no more than that.
- Fola Coal Co. vice-president Keith Bartley has fielded many an inquiry about this image, stating: “It’s unequivocally not ours. It’s a false story. There is no truth to it whatsoever.”
According to the Stephenville (Texas) Empire-Tribune, the snake was actually an
The Great Rattlesnake Hunter from Proctor has been out looking under rocks again, this time near Alexander. On Valentine’s Day Jim Bob Basham, holding the snake, and his fellow hunters, Danny Fincannon and Johnny McClatchy of Dublin, uncovered a din of rattlers that yielded this monster. This snake is even bigger than the one Basham caught last November that made its rounds on the Internet. Big Charlie here is more than
Last updated: 24 October 2005