Boy Attacked by Snake as Photographers Watch. Real or Hoax?

A photograph shows a child apparently being attacked by a snake as cameramen stand by and film without helping the young victim. One version of the photo shows a National Geographic logo. Is this photo real or is it a hoax?

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It is a film which dramatized an attack.

The photo is actually a still photo from the Discovery Channel series Nature’s Deadliest which aired in 2008. This specific scene is from episode 4 entitled Africa 2. The scene actually shows a girl – not a boy as many readers assume. The girl is attacked by an African Rock Python and her friend runs to get help. A man comes to assist, fights the snake off of the girl, only to have the snake turn on him. The man is then killed in the attack.

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To reiterate, the entire scene is merely a dramatization and did not actually happen. Below are a couple of screen shots taken from the same episode of Nature’s Deadliest.

The show began with a disclaimer that the episode may be disturbing to some viewers.

First, let’s take a look at the photo which has been circulated since around 2010. The photo is often accompanied by angry commentary covering topics such as class and racial warfare. What is perhaps missed in the discussion, aside from the fact that the scene is a work of fiction, is that it shows a white man dying while rescuing the child. It should also be noted that National Geographic had nothing to do with this show, and the logo was apparently superimposed on the graphic later.


The second scene of the film shows a man coming to rescue the girl. He is able to successfully pull the snake off of the girl.

Things then go wrong for the rescuer as the snake then focuses its attack on the man and kills him.

Discovery included the following disclaimer at the beginning of the show:

Bottom Line

The image showing a child being attacked by a snake while photographers watch is a disturbing scene. The photo, however, is taken out of context and merely shows a scene being filmed. The show in question may be available online, as it was available for instant streaming on Netflix as recently as 2013.

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113 Comments on Boy Attacked by Snake as Photographers Watch. Real or Hoax?

  1. It’s shocking how Anna Marie thinks of racism. I would ask you why is the society always protecting women?? You only help if u are in position to do so, otherwise you make things worse.

  2. true ture..if there is a picture of a white person and black person in the same zip code and something bad happening to the black person it is always a white persons fault or the white person does not care because the person is black…talk about people being racist..those who always assume the worst just by a picture those are the ones who are racist and the problem in society. And a white person always has to die taking care or defending or saving a black person…uh when the hell will it ever be that a black person dies fro another black person? I never see a picture of video of black people doing volunteer work or helping white people…it is always picture or video of white volunteering or coming to the rescue of blacks..and very seldom when you do see pics of black helping someone it is blacks only. so if people want to assume chit lets just assume well there is no assumption to this it is straight up facts….lets get all up in arms over the truth..white people do not always have to for blacks to prove they are not a racist. if a white person does not want to help anyone for fear of death it does not make them a makes them a human…i have yet to see pics or videos of blacks risking life ad limb to save a white or black person….so if people want to turn this into a race thing lest turn it into a race thing……blacks are the ones who most likely to be racist….

    • It’s a snake biting a young black child and a camera man just taping. Of course it looks insensitive and racist you moron. Blacks are more likely to be racist? When in history did blacks have whites hanging from trees? Women raped with NO justice? killed with NO justice? Enslaved? Emasculated or degraded? Let’s not go back to slavery and talk about how bad we were tortured. Do you know anything about our justice system or the industrialized prison system. Of course not all white people or black people are racist or this or that. Only a moron such as yourself would define a race like that.

  3. It was well done, I was puzzled for a while and only thinking of the poor child. Very glad it was not real.

  4. It hurts my soul to see how many people do not understand what “dramatization” means.

  5. So did the little girl take the camera and started filming him? Really if this man was being killed who was standing around taking pics if if?!?!?

  6. how did they even know she is a girl. did they check her genital?

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