This story was first published on June 2nd, 2011
Messages that include a picture depicting a very large, dark coloured snake on a roadside have been circulating via email and social networking websites since 2011.
According to one widely circulated version of the message, the snake is a King Brown photographed at Branxton, NSW, Australia. Alternative versions of the message claim the snake was found in Cardwell, Queensland and do not attempt to identify the species.
The story and photograph were reported in several local news outlets in different parts of Australia, including NBN Newcastle. However, a day after the original story was aired, NBN published an update, noting :
Experts at the Australian Reptile Park have told NBN News they firmly believe the photo of a giant snake, found at Branxton, is a fake. Suspiciously today we haven’t been able to contact the man who gave us the photo.
More alternative versions of the message then began circulating, some of which relocate the action to the United States and claim that the snake was caught on camera while escaping from floods in Mississippi.
But, later reports indicate the giant snake was in fact just a roadside sculpture located on Uralba Road, near Alstonville in northern NSW, Australia. Another image shows an intrepid hoax buster posing with the creature.
The current status and whereabouts of the snake are unclear. However, the reports suggesting that the snake is a sculpture and not a real living critter are credible and most likely correct.
An example of the message:
That would scare the crap out of us all !!!!
Now that’s a snake…
A King Brown in Branxton, NSW, Australia.
Of the Cobra family as most Australian snakes are – – One of the most deadliest snakes in the world
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!