Was the World’s Largest Snake Captured in the Amazon?

Photographs show a 134-foot anaconda ᴄᴀᴜɢʜᴛ in the Amazon after it ᴀᴛᴇ 257 people and 2325 animals.

A series of low-resolution images showing “world’s largest anaconda”, have been circulating online since at least 2010. People say the 134-foot-long snake was ᴄᴀᴜɢʜᴛ in the Amazon after it ᴀᴛᴇ 257 people and 2325 animals.

The images show a large snake being loaded onto a truck. The scene is quite lifelike. However, higher resolution versions of these photos reveal that the items pictured are just toys.

Turns out, these images were created for a student project entitled “Vietnam Army ᴄᴀᴜɢʜᴛ the giant snake” in 2010.  While it’s possible that the students used a real (but ᴅᴇᴀᴅ) snake for some of the photographs, the animal pictured was definitely not the “world’s biggest anaconda.”

Although most of the photographs included with the “world’s largest anaconda” rumor came from the student project displayed above, another image purportedly showing the enormous (yet fictional) snake originated with a YouTube video published in 2012.

In July 2015, a different fake photograph was attached to the very same claims (i.e., the giant reptile had eaten “257 people and 2325 animals”) by the web site Information Nigeria. Similar to the above-displayed images, Information Nigeria manipulated a photograph of a regular-sized snake to make it appear as if it were the “world’s largest snake”:

A Nigerian online platform has however started a debᴀᴛᴇ saying it is a blatant lie and the Anaconda must have been ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ in South America and not Africa. Most obviously, a 134-foot-long snake is more than four times longer than the world’s largest snake, the Green Anaconda, which (according to National Geographic) can reach a length of about 30 feet. Even Titanoboa, the enormous Cretaceous fossil discovered in 2012, topped out at under 50 feet.


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