A photo of a giant anaconda allegedly shows the world’s largest snake, measuring over 134 feet in length. As expected, it’s fake.
Let’s first take a look at what is said about the photo shown below.
“World’s biggest snake Anaconda found in Africa’s Amazon river. It has killed 257 human beings and 2325 animals. It is 134 feet long and 2067 kgs. Africa’s Royal British commandos took 37 days to get it killed.”
It’s almost surprising how much erroneous information can exist in two sentences. Let’s break down the facts:
- The Amazon is in South America, not Africa.
- There is no organization know as “Africa’s Royal British commandos”
- No news organizations reported such a snake or a 37-day campaign to kill it.
- How would it take 37 days to kill a creature?
- How is the exact number of animals killed by this creature known?
- The photo is a poor Photoshop job, with fuzzy edges around the snake, and some people in the group seemingly unaware of the behemoth creature right next to them.
- There are no apparent wounds on the snake, which was supposedly under constant attack for over a month.
- The reported size is about 4 times that of the largest snakes in the world, which can approach 30 feet in length.
As you can see below, the image is a composite, which uses a photo of a real snake with some alterations.
This isn’t the first attempt at passing off a fake photo with a story that a snake killed dozens of people, while requiring a massive effort to kill. The “giant Red Sea snake” story has circulated for years, and that photo featured a regular snake and toy soldiers placed around it.
The photo of a giant anaconda is fake. Claims of a snake reaching over 130 feet are far beyond what has been observed by scientists.