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HOAX - '15 foot Eastern Brown Snake Found Near Caloundra Golf Course'

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Circulating message featuring images of a large snake claims that the snake is a 15 foot long Eastern Brown snake caught near a golf course at Caloundra, Queensland, Australia. According to the message, the snake is the largest Eastern Brown ever recorded.

15 foot snake

Brief Analysis

The claims in the message are nonsense. The snake is not an Eastern Brown and it was not caught in Australia. The snake in the images is a rattlesnake caught in the American state of Florida in 2009. And the rattlesnake was measured at around 7 feet long, not 15 feet as claimed in the message. The original US version of the message, although it also significantly exaggerates the snake's vital statistics, at least got the species correct. The original message included a third photograph showing a - decidedly American - Sheriff's car.



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Subject: Fwd: Fw: Fw: Golf Anyone...???

Found on a golf course on the Sunshine Coast Caloundra This is why you shouldn't go looking for the golf balls hit 'Out of Bounds' on a Golf Course !!!

Rattle Snake

Rattle Snake

This is a 15 foot Eastern Brown baby snake - the largest ever caught on record.
This snake was found Near the Caloundra Golf Course, ...
A little research revealed the following:
One bite from a snake of this size would contain enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men.
The head of this snake alone is larger than the hands of a normal sized man.
A bite from those fangs would be comparable to being stabbed by two curved, 1/4 inch diameter screwdrivers.
The knife being used to draw out the fangs for the bottom picture has a blade around 6 inches long.
This snake is estimated to have weighed over 170 pounds.(78 Kgs) (How much do you weigh?)
Notice the girth of this snake nearly hides Sid in the first picture (and he is a large man).
A snake of this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old child and dogs, pigs, etc.
A snake this size has approximately 6 foot accurate striking distance so you wouldn't have to step on it to get bitten.

This snake has probably been alive since Sir Robert Menzies was Prime Minister..
(The length of an average size brown snake is about 5.5 feet ... this one is 15 feet !)
Ask yourself these questions:

What has this snake been feeding on steroids ? and where are its offspring's & relations hiding ??

Detailed Analysis

According to a message that circulates via email and the blogosphere, a deadly 15-foot Eastern Brown snake has been found near a golf course at Caloundra, in Queensland, Australia. The message claims that the snake is the largest of that species ever recorded. Two images of the snake travel with the message. One shows the snake suspended from a pole with a man standing behind it. The second is a close up of the snake's mouth.

However, the claims in the message are nonsense. The photographs are genuine, but they certainly do not depict an Eastern Brown snake. And the photographs were not taken at Caloundra or anywhere else in Australia.

In fact, the images show an Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake caught at St. Augustine, Florida back in 2009. Moreover, the rattlesnake was measured at 7 feet three inches long, not 15 feet as claimed in this message. Forced perspective makes the snake appear considerably larger than it really is.

The same photographs have circulated in US based messages for several years. The US versions at least get the species of the snake correct, although, over time, they have shifted the supposed location of the snake to various US states. Only the original correctly identified the location as St. Augustine, Florida, although it too exaggerated the snake's length and other statistics.

The US versions included a third picture of the snake with a Sheriff's vehicle parked in the background. This image was likely left out of the Australian version because it would have made it instantly clear that the photographs were not taken in Australia.

Thus, it seems that some prankster has redeployed the old rattler images and simply invented an Australian based story to fit.

For the record, the Australian Museum notes that the largest Eastern Brown reliably measured and recorded had a total length of 6 feet, 7 1/4 inches. The species are highly venomous and 'has the unfortunate distinction of causing more deaths from snake bite than any other species of snake in Australia'.

Last updated: April 11, 2014
First published: April 11, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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