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Picture of Huge King Brown Snake in Branxton NSW

Message that contains an image showing a very large snake, claims that the snake is a King Brown found in Branxton, NSW, Australia.

Brief Analysis
The image is so far unsubstantiated. It is unclear if the image depicts a real snake or is the result of digital manipulation or other trickery. The snake does not appear to be a King Brown as claimed in the message.

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Last updated: Thursday, 2 June 2011
First published: Thursday, 2 June 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
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Subject: Fw: Now thats a snake..king brown Australia

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

King Brown Snake Branxton

Detailed Analysis
A message that includes a picture depicting a very large, dark coloured snake on a roadside is currently circulating via email and social networking websites. According to 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.

At this point, the veracity of the image remains unsubstantiated. Many commentators have suggested that the picture has been "photoshopped" to make the snake look larger or shows a fake rubber snake that has been "posed" for the photograph. What does seem clear is that the snake in the picture is unlikely to be a King Brown as claimed in the Branxton version of the message. If real, the snake is perhaps more likely to be a type of python such as an Olive Python. Moreover, the presence of what appears to be sugar cane growing in the background of the photograph casts doubt on the claim that it was snapped in Branxton. Cardwell, a region in which sugar cane is extensively grown, seems the more likely contender.

It seems that the story and photograph have been 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 havenít been able to contact the man who gave us the photo.
More alternative versions of the message are beginning to circulate, some of which relocate the action to the United States and claim that the snake was caught on camera while escaping from the Mississippi floods.

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Mulga Snake or King Brown
Liasis olivaceus

Last updated: 2nd June 2011
First published: 2nd June 2011
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer