eRumor This eRumor comes in several
versions. All of them include pictures of a large snake that
has obviously swallowed a very large meal. Then there are
pictures of a human body apparently being cut from the belly of the
snake. The differences among the versions are the location and
explanation of the stories behind the pictures.
Truth TruthOrFiction.com is
interested in tracking down the actual information about the
pictures, but the consensus of the reptile experts that we have
either talked with or discovered on the Internet is that the
pictures are not what they are represented to be.
The pictures of the engorged snake, for example, are more likely the
aftermath of the snake having killed and eaten an animal. The
angular shape seems to be of some kind of four-legged creature
rather than the form of a human.
There are a few stories of large snakes killing humans, but not many
of them swallowing humans. The main reason, according to snake
experts, is that snakes begin swallowing their prey at the head and
with humans, the snake is confronted with a major obstacle when it
gets to the shoulders. Snakes can ingest remarkably large
creatures, but need a more gradual contour to do
The snake in the pictures is variously described in the eRumors as a
boa constrictor, anaconda, or a python. The experts say it is
a reticulated python.
The pictures of the man or boy appear to be from a different
incident and a different snake and, according to experts, were
apparently staged. They point out that the body is not in the
kind of condition that would be true if it had been inside of a
living snake. There victim would be more covered in
slime. Also, the snake's entrails seem to be missing
and were probably already removed prior to the entry of the
body. Additionally, some pictures show that
whoever was brave enough to stick his head inside the carcass may
have had the help of a plastic bag over his head. Finally, if
this person had been swallowed by a snake, he would have been
swallowed head-first and his arms would be at his side.
As for the location and the stories, TruthOrFiction.com has received
...That a crew member on a land oil rig in Amazonas was captured by
the snake as he took a nap.
...A man in India was captured by a python as he napped by a
...The victim is one of three men in Brazil who were sleeping when
attacked by an anaconda.
...That the victim was a crew member on an oil rig in Nouakchott,
the capitol of Mauritania, West Africa.
...That the victim was in Indonesia.
...That the victim was in Ecuador.
...That the victim was in Peru.
...That the victim was in Borneo.
...That the victim was in Singapore.
...That the victim was in Venezuela
A real example of the story as it has been circulated:
A CREW MEMBER ON A LAND OIL RIG IN AMAZONAS WENT OUT AND TOOK A NAP. YES,
A NAP. HE WAS MISSING AND THIS IS WHAT THEY FOUND.