Claim: Photograph shows a 700-lb. snake pulled from a lake in Proctor, North Carolina.
REAL PHOTOGRAPH; INACCURATE DESCRIPTION
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2013]
700lbs snake pulled out of a lake in Proctor, NC.
Explains any missing persons reports in the area
Origins: This photograph of a large snake reportedly pulled from a lake in Proctor, North Carolina, by an excavation machine was widely spread via social media in June 2013. Like the subjects of many extraordinary Internet-circulated animal images, the snake in this photo appears to be a well-traveled one of varying size: this same picture has been posted with text stating that the serpent was found anywhere
from North Carolina to Indonesia to the Panama Canal, and measured anywhere from about 46 to
This photograph appears to have first hit the Internet back in November 2012, when it was posted to the Kaskus Indonesian forum, which identified it as a
An Indonesian news article from later in November 2012 described the photo as one taken on
Estimating the length and weight of this snake from a single photograph is difficult, especially since the perspective of the image (in which the creature is much closer to the camera lens than the object holding it) exaggerates its apparent size. We note, however, that the Guinness World Records entry for “longest snake ever in captivity” documents a reticulated python that measured just a bit over
Last updated: 4 March 2013