A photo of a beautiful and unbelievable snake with bright gold skin has surfaced online. Is this golden-colored snake real or a hoax?
The Photo was Altered for an Online Contest.
This impressive photo editing was done for a graphics contest on worth1000.com called Alternate Materials: Gold, Adding the Midas touch which took place about six years ago. The snake photo in question ranked 2nd place among a field of impressive entries.
“Mandrak”, the contestant who created the gold-textured snake, can take pride that his creation has become something of an urban legend.
Below you can see the gold image, and the original photograph from which it was altered:
We’re seeing a new caption attached to this photo, attempting to clam that this is a real, rare snake. This caption reads:
Golden Snake is only found in thick dense Amazon forest. Only less than 10 is estimated to be alive. It’s saliva, venom and skin contains 24 carrot pure Gold. One strike from a Golden snake could kill you within 5 minutes. Many have disappeared, after setting into the forest in search of this snake.
The photo of a “golden snake” is not real. It is a digitally altered photo for an online graphics contest on worth1000.com that took place about six years ago.
Revised February 6, 2015
Originally published September 2012