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Issue 127 - March 2012 (2nd Edition) - Page 11

Fake Three Headed Snake Image

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Circulating message claims that an attached image depicts a three headed cobra found on a roadway somewhere in India.

Brief Analysis
The image does not depict a real three headed snake. A photograph of a normal, one-headed snake has been digitally manipulated to create the fake three-headed version. The original photograph used in the manipulation can be seen in the detailed analysis below.

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Last updated: 2nd March 2012
First published: 2nd March 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer

Three Headed Cobra

Three Headed Snake Found Live In India
This snake was found somewhere in India...but what type of snake is this? This is scary

Detailed Analysis
This message, which circulates via social media websites, and email, claims that an accompanying photograph depicts a three-headed snake found on a roadway somewhere in India.

However, the image does not show a real three-headed snake. In fact, the image is a digitally manipulated version of the following photograph that depicts a normal, one-headed snake:

Source Image - Cobra on Road

Clearly, some prankster has simply taken the above photograph and added the extra heads using Adobe Photoshop or another digital manipulation tool.

The original image can be seen on the Canvas image sharing website and elsewhere on the Internet.

Such digital tomfoolery is not unprecedented. Several other fake multiple-headed snake images have circulated in recent years, including ones supposedly depicting five headed cobras.

Animals, including snakes, are indeed sometimes born with more than one head, a condition known as Polycephaly. However, the fake picture included in this hoax message does not depict a genuine case of Polycephaly.

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Five Headed Cobra Hoax Images
We' the 2-headed snake's long odd life ends

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  2. Little Girl With Huge Belly Facebook Donation Hoax
  3. Malware Emails
  4. BlackBerry Messenger Resend to Save Account Hoax
  5. Friend Request Facebook Ban Warning
  6. Arwa Has Now Been Found - Help find Missing Girl Arwa Message
  7. Hoax - Nagasaki Arch Survives Both Atomic Bomb and Tsunami
  8. Pharmacy Spam Emails Purport to be From YouTube
  9. False Warning - Do Not Add 'Jason Lee' Because Its a Virus
  10. 'Wolf' Slaughter Protest Message
  11. Fake Three Headed Snake Image
  12. False Warning - Facebook Will Soon Require Social Security Numbers When Users Login
  13. Advance Fee Scam - British National Lottery Promo Programme
  14. Invitation FB Olympic Torch Virus Hoax