Seven-Headed Snake: Real or Hoax?

An image circulating for the past several years shows a snake with seven heads. Is this photo real or fake?

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The image is fake.

It is merely a digitally-altered photo of a normal one-headed snake.

Several versions of this photo have circulated over the past couple of years. In 2012, a three-headed variety of this photo was circulated, and by 2013 the number of heads had increased to 7. A five-headed version has also been seen.

Captions

A caption circulating with the seven-headed photo in 2013 read:

GOD SAVE US. THIS SNAKE WAS FOUND IN THE MOUNTAINS OF HONDURAS. AND THE BIBLE SPEAKS OF A SNAKE WITH 7 HEADS AND WITH THIS WE SEE THAT IT IS FULFILLING EVERYTHING THAT IS WRITTEN. LORD HAVE MERCY ON OUR SOUL’S

The three-headed snake was claimed to be photographed in India when that image circulated in 2012.

three-headed-snake

This is the 2012 “three-headed snake” version.

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By 2013, the number of heads had grown to 7.

Original Photo

As you can see, however, the original photo clearly shows a snake with one head:

1-headed-snake

Multi-Headed Snakes

Multi-headed snakes have been found in nature (a phenomenon known as Polycephaly), but these are typically two-headed snakes, not three or seven as the fake photos above show. As recently as September 2014, a Turkish farmer reported finding a two-headed snake on his property. In that report, it was noted that snakes with two heads are at a disadvantage in the wild due to increased vulnerability to attack.

Bottom Line

The images above showing a three-headed or seven-headed snake are digitally-altered, and do not depict a real creature.

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  • Khrome Adona

    It is so alarming that so many people are using altered photos and the Bible just to spread lies. Please enough of these. Facebook becomes a network of lies if we will not try try to look and find the truth. Of course FB won’t be able to control what people would post unless there is a complain from our friends or people who see our posts.

    • jessica barnes

      is dis seven headed snake real r fake

  • wafflepingg

    ^ its cleary fake…