Man Eating Snakes

This is one of those Urban Legend that just seems to run and run. It first appeared in 1999 and is still going strong.

Status: False (Urban Legend).

Here's a version that seems to be the most common, other variants quote, Oil rig workers, Camper. etc.:

Apparently, three boys were sleeping in the jungle in South America [Sometimes Borneo or Singapore] when the other two woke up, one was missing and a huge snake was laying next to them. You'll see the snake in the first two photo's with the boy inside and the third one is when they cut the snake open to reveal the boy. You have to see this..... Unbelievable...

This next set of pictures allegedly shows the body of a person that was ingested by a snake (which are usually included with the hoax text above).

The first two pictures allegedly show the snake before it was cut open, notice the large lump (is it me or does this look like a large log has been inserted into the abdomen of the snake, maybe it is a wild pig?)

The final picture is supposed to show the actual 'lump' in the snake, this picture alleges to shows that is was a person that was actually swallowed by the snake and was in its stomach.

Firstly, the snakes head looks rather too small, not only to swallow the head, but impossibly small to actually be able to get it's jaws past the man's shoulders (snakes swallow prey head first).

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Make of it what you will!  - My own personal feeling is that these are staged photos.

Here is a piece of an article from snopes that debunks it. 

"There isn't much to say about this one other than it's just another hoax similar to the one about a crocodile eating a Florida golfer: a hoax created by using some several-year-old photos out of context within a fictitious explanatory framework."  See snopes for more details.

If you receive a message about this then please ignore it and don't pass it on as this only serves to propagate this urban legend..... 

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