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