Fact Check: Did World’s Largest Snake Kill 257 People?

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 11 October 2019, 08:05 PM
Image for representational purposes only
Image for representational purposes only (Photo Credit : Twitter Image )

An image of a snake, claiming to be the "World’s biggest snake Anaconda found in Africa's Amazon river" is doing rounds on the internet. The post also says that the giant snake has killed 257 human beings and 2325 animals. The posts say, "Africa’s Royal British commandos took 37 days to get it killed." The image is fake and the claim is untrue.

According to the post the snake is 134 feet long and 2067 kgs. The image is not recent and has been circulating for at least since 2015.

The caption of the image is also misleading. The caption claims that the snake is found in Africa’s Amazon River. This is false as Amazon River is located in South America not Africa.

FACT CHECK:

When our team started the investigation, we found that the image is edited and the surface where the snake’s body meets the ground appears distorted. The reverse search image revealed that the image of the snake is that of a normal-sized anaconda on which the surrounding and the men were added.

The posts also claim that the reptile is “134 feet long and 2067 kgs.” According to National Geographic, the green anaconda is the world’s largest snake and it can weigh up to 550 kgs – which is far less than what the posts claim.

So, the image and the claim about world’s largest snake are untrue.

First Published: Friday, October 11, 2019 07:42 PM
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