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Photo: “Fifty-Five Foot Snake” Shocks China

eb0661a0d169A photograph purporting to show a 55ft snake found in a forest in China has become an internet sensation. It was originally posted in a thread on the website of the People’s Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper in China.

The thread claimed the snake was one of two enormous boas found by workers clearing forest for a new road outside Guping city, Jiangxi province. They apparently woke up the sleeping snakes during attempts to bulldoze a huge mound of earth. …

via Ananova – Photo of 55ft snake shocks China.

If you look at the size of the scoop on the tractor, this seems to be a classic camera trick: forced perspective. More like a 25 ft snake.

Here’s another fake below, created seemingly for amusement. In this case, the creator reportedly paid for his lack of honesty, however. The Star.com says a man was taken into custody for posting a badly done Photoshop image of a snake, calling it a Dragon and reportedly blaming a deadly earthquake on it. Here’s the image, the caption of which supposedly read:

“A 120-metre [390-foot] giant dragon with a diameter of 1.5 metres jumped out of the water this afternoon, attracting thousands of people. Experts have flown here and it’s said the dragon had something to do with the earthquake.”  (Source)

It’s funny to some of us, but there are many people who still have not heard of Photoshop and the ability of this program and others like it to easily doctor photos, to cut, resize and paste objects into different backgrounds.

What is the longest real snake ever recorded?

It depends on how reliable the answer needs to be.

It has been suggested that confident length records for the largest snakes must be established from a dead body soon after death, or alternatively from a heavily sedated snake, using a steel tape and in the presence of witnesses, and must be published (and preferably recorded on video). At least one reticulated python was measured under full anesthesia at 6.95 m (22 ft 10 in), and somewhat less reliable scientific reports up to 10 m (33 ft) have appeared.

(Wikipedia)

Twenty-two feet is a safe answer, possibly up to thirty-three feet. In other words, there are no fifty-five foot snakes. Right? Well, there is a report by NBCNews that certainly beats the 33 ft record. This one is a claim in 2004 of a 49-foot snake, a reticulated python, captured in Indonesia.  The story says it was updated 1/8/2004 10:00:23 AM ET.

Indonesian villagers claim to have captured a python that is almost 49 feet long and weighs nearly 990 pounds, a local official said. If confirmed, it would be the largest snake ever kept in captivity. Hundreds of people have flocked to see the snake at a primitive zoo in Curugsewu village on the country’s main island of Java. Local government official Rachmat said the reticulated python measured 48 feet 8 inches and weighed in at 983 pounds. The Guinness Book of World Records lists the longest ever captured snake to be 32 feet. The heaviest — a Burmese Python kept in Gurnee, Ill. — weighs 402 pounds, the book said on its Web site. The Indonesian newspaper Republika said the snake, which was caught last year but only recently put on public display, eats three or four dogs a month.

(NBCNews)

The same claim is reported on 2003 by the Scotsman.

MEASURING 49ft and weighing almost half a ton, the world’s largest snake has gone on display at a zoo in Indonesia, it was reported yesterday.

(Scotsman)

The Guardian also had this story Dec 30, 2003:

Officials at the zoo in Curugsewu, central Java, told the Republika newspaper that the reticulated python is 14.85m (49ft) long and has a maximum body circumference of 85cm (almost three feet). It weighs, they say, 447kg (70 stone, 3lbs).  … Republika quoted a keeper at the zoo, Rohmad, as saying that when the unnamed snake was captured, in Jambi province on Sumatra in mid-2002, it was 19m long. … Rohmad said its diet includes three to four local dogs a month but that it is rather fussy about its food.

“We have given it dogs of various colours but this snake didn’t want to eat them,” he was quoted as saying. “It only wants to eat fierce brown dogs.”

(Source)

The reticulated python (Python reticulatus) is the world’s longest and one of the heaviest snake species. While python is nonvenomous it is nevertheless dangerous to humans having been involved in quite a few incidents. (Source)

However, those who did some in person fact-checking said the snake was not as long as reported:

… The Guardian discovered when it sent a reporter out to actually measure the legendary snake, claims about the reptile’s size were rather exaggerated — their man measured Fragrant Flower, as the reticulated python is now known, at between 21 and 23 feet (6.5 to 7 meters) in length, and estimated its weight at about 220 pounds (100 kg).

Snake handler Imam Darmanto offered several reasons for the discrepancies in measurements:

“Look, you must understand that a python’s length is not constant. Depending on the weather, on how recently he has eaten and when he last shed his skin, Fragrant can stretch and contract a great deal. A few days ago he stretched himself out halfway round the cage. The reason he is not that large now is because he has not eaten for about six weeks and has just shed his skin so his body is quite firm at the moment. When he’s at his full length he’s much softer and I can push my finger in much further. And his body is much fatter too, perhaps up to 50cm in diameter. ..”

A Reuters photographer dispatched to the Curugsewu park to measure the talk-of-the-town snake obtained similar results:

Amid growing skepticism of the claim, a photographer working for Reuters returned to the Curugsewu park in the small central Java town of Kendal with a measuring tape. The snake’s true length — around 21 feet.

“I have no idea why the snake has shrunk,” said one keeper when asked about the discrepancy, as the snake lounged on a tree branch inside its cage.

The Guardian also quoted Richard Shine, a python expert from Sydney University, as noting that during his extensive research he had found pythons containing recently-eaten “monkeys, pigs and even porcupines but no dogs,” and that “these giant pythons always shrink whenever a tape measure turns up.”

(Snopes)

So, this “49-foot” snake seems to be a confirmed case of major news outlets passing on claims before they are fully fact checked. With a good publication, you eventually get a correction. Still, many people heard about a 49-foot python in Indonesia and no doubt believed it. Plus, at the end of 2019, the story on NBCNews (from the Associated Press) 2004 is still online without a correction.

As a final check…

Do snakes even shrink?

A post on ResearchGate, a popular free non-Peer-reviewed journal, says they do, but not much.

During the period 1991 to 1999 we obtained recapture data for 918 snakes. Of these, 59 individual snakes were recorded as being smaller (lower snout-vent length,=SVL) at the second capture event than at the first. However, even the largest of these apparent ‘‘shrinkages’’ was trivial compared to the size reductions of up to 20% reported for marine iguanas by Wikelski and Thom (2000). Among our ‘‘shrinking’’ water pythons, the mean SVL reduction was 1.07% (range 0.5–2.6%) or in absolute terms, 1.92 cm (range 1–5 cm). Unlike Wikelski and Thom (2000), we did not detect any significant trend for larger snakes to shrink more or less than smaller animals … (Source)

Keep exercising that healthy skepticism, do your own fact checking if you have time, see what the other fact checkers say if you don’t, but even when you find scams in the world, don’t lose all faith and keep an open mind. Some truly amazing things are actually true. You will find years of them on this site. There are still plenty of good honest journalists among the baloney and honest mistakes.

https://TrueStrangeNews.com

 

 

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kolagen
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kolagen

Your way of telling all in this article is truly nice, all be capable of effortlessly understand it, Thanks a lot.

natxocheese
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natxocheese

If you notice the Backo scooper has been moved forward giving the illusion that the snake is not that big well thats what I think

natxocheese
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natxocheese

It is possible for this to happen given the proper conditions if that snake lived in that forest it would not have much competition for food and being that it is that big it was probably released a very long time ago when food was much more abundant probably an owner of the snake released it because it was getting to big this happens very much owner don’t release their pets in the proper places and both snakes survived and who knows maybe they are even more of those giants those could just be part of a generation of snake… Read more »

Bangladeshi Blogging School
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Bangladeshi Blogging School

Thanks for the photo, This is a real snake. It is NOT 55 ft. long. It is a Reticulated Python. They are common to that area and can grow to lengths of 33 ft. (largest on record). This snake is in the foreground making it appear larger. An approximate guess for this snake would be 24-26 ft. long

Derek
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Derek

I have had 2 friends with reticulated pythons over 15feet. That is a reticulated python. And forced perspective making an illusion. (as stated before, just casting my vote for the truth)

Tim
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Tim

yes, it’s like kiling the world’s most famous terrorist and then dumping his body at sea?

david
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david

fake and gay

ChiZZ3Lz
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ChiZZ3Lz

i agree

dee
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dee

if you know anything about snakes then look at the picture the girth of the snanke is smaller than the men standing near for the growth spurts is length and width
so it is too frickin thin for its lenth

dee
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dee

anything they want doooh

HonoH
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HonoH

1972年,日本著名歷史學家 井上清 Kiyoshi Inoue 寫了 《釣魚島的歷史解析》 一書,該書再版為書名 《釣魚島歷史與主權》。

在該書中,井上清寫到:

1971年11月,我初次去冲繩旅行,在那裏收集了許多關于釣魚群島的歷史資料,1972年初,我又利用到西歐旅行的機會,去英國海軍資料館查閱了英國海軍繪制中國南部、臺灣和琉球方面的海圖,航海日志以及探險記錄。

眾所周知,釣魚群島自明朝以來就是中國的領土 Р井上清寫到日本及琉球在1867年以前實際上沒有一份釣魚群島的歷史文獻。

與日本及琉球方面正相反,中國有許多關于釣魚群島的文獻資料。

至少在16世紀中葉,釣魚群島就有了中國名字。如釣魚島、黃毛嶼、赤嶼等等。

井上清幾乎是在日本有影響力的歷史學家當中唯一一個敢于尊重事實,堅持說釣魚群島屬于中國的 Р這樣絕無僅有的一個例證。

raghu
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raghu

i dont think its real… coz 55 foot and 140 year old snakes are not there on earth these days. even if some snake spices grow that long, people might hav killed it when it is 10 years old or 15 foot long. human invasion on forest hasn’t left a forest on earth is that dense.

Brittany
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Brittany

I’m sorry? That is not a common boa. I own one. That is a reticulated python. Look at the pattern of the snake in this picture and then look up a common boa on google. They look completely different.

Brittany
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Brittany

Yeah…boas most definitely do NOT get anywhere near that size. The longest snake in the world is the reticulated python and even those have only reached 33 feet on record. Anyway, if you looked at the actual snake in the picture, you can tell that it was a small snake held close to the camera and the background was a picture of men further away. Don’t believe everything you see or hear because if you actually research the subject, you’ll find that most of the people making these claims have no idea what they’re talking about.

tisean
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tisean

no one can say thats not a reticulated python. it looks nothing like a boa, i have a boa so i no wat they llook like, they dont get nearly that big even with perspective, and it has the same pattern as a retticulaated python

tisean
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tisean

thats not a boa its a python

Mahendra Singh
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Mahendra Singh

kya bakar he yar itna lamba sap kabi nai hota.ager hota to ab tak wo mil b jata .or jyada bewakuf mat banaie janta ko .kyo ki aj kal sab sayane ho gae he .agar wakai ye sap asli he to iske or vidio or fotos dikhaie.dhanyawad .anna hajare jindabad.

len
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len

What gives this illusion away is the Hydraulic Excavator’s shovel…. it’s about 5 foot tall…. So comparing that to the snake, makes the snake actuallly about 25ft long. This particular illusion is called illusion of depth, where it seems the snake is at the same place as the men, when in fact the excavator is extend out to about 10 feet.

snakeman
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snakeman

This is not a Recticulated Python either this would be a Common Boa!!!!…And there is no way in HELL it is 55ft long!!!it’s Lenegth could be around 20 to 25 ft. but nothing more and it would be kinda hard to believe that as well.And i agree where are all the other photos of the snake if it really is 55ft. long there would be more pics and video of the creature!!!..I have seen many more pics and videos of small reptiles and they were mmore publiized then this is and was to!..Hmmm some people will go to extreme measures… Read more »

Somebody
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Somebody

They take only one picture, because the sneak was to big to fit on storage card ;-p

murli
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murli

its not possible bcoz biologically reticulated python can never atain more than 30 feet max. and saying abt boa a 40 ft used to live named titan cerrojonesis tat 2 milllion yrs of ago

drew philippines
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drew philippines

is this true?course not..look, boa constrictor is large..but not that kind..imagine 55ft long..then how big is the head?and that head is same as anacondas which is the largest is 36ft..china..no.1 in gadgets..although not original..how come 1 pix..not high pixels..dont have other angles..people deserves true stories about creatures living with us…:)

Me
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Me

This is a real snake. It is NOT 55 ft. long. It is a Reticulated Python. They are common to that area and can grow to lengths of 33 ft. (largest on record). This snake is in the foreground making it appear larger. An approximate guess for this snake would be 24-26 ft. long.

andyycandyy
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andyycandyy

were is the snake now,if its not a fake they can make a video,,,,or sahe just desapere,,,hahaha

Ryan
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Ryan

Its Photoshop….. as the guy said closer to the top, why is there only one picture? and how can another 55ft snake just dissapear? WTF do they eat?

Rajiv
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Rajiv

Its great and very interesting, wat abt another snake………

anbu
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anbu

I don’t think it was real 55 feet means the size showing in the screen is also not acceptable, if it is so there is only one still have been taken why the camera is not have a much memory to take it ?

sasa
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sasa

WAT THE HELL

ibart
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ibart

omg, it is FAKE. the snake is closer than workers. that’s it

ferdz
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ferdz

it maybe true, or it just might be an overly-feed type of BOA, not unless reporters gonna feed us some news a type of BOA the size and length of African tourist train plus a head the size of an ordinary Mercedez Benz.,,

lisa
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lisa

maybe theyre just compensating for their tiny weiners LOL!

MARK
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MARK

wew the thing almost reach the ground even if the device is extending its arm wew??

Dude
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Dude

hard to believe…….they found a 55 foot, 140 year old snake, and only took one picture?

Snakes eat all
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Snakes eat all

It’s very interesting that people are still interested in river monsters snakes.

Best regards

Jensi

siren2
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siren2

140 years old!!!

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