A picture of a distended snake is one image that regularly makes the rounds of the Internet every few months or so, each time with a backstory updated to reflect a different geographic locale. This photo has been claimed to depict a serpent that ate a man in Qujing, China, in August 2012; gobbled up another person in Jakarta, Indonesia, in January 2013; swallowed a man whole in Panama in February 2013; swallowed a woman near Durban North, South Africa, in June 2013; then made its way to Pasir Gudang, Malaysia, to gulp down a
A python ate a person who was drunk and lying beside the liquor shop. News from Attapady, Kerala.
We don’t know the specific origins of this image, nor exactly what might have created the bloated condition of the snake (presumably the serpent is distended from having consumed something relatively large, animal or otherwise), but clearly this one reptile — sometimes identified as a boa constrictor rather than a