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Claim: Photographs show a snake found in the receding flood waters of New Orleans.
Examples: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Origins: It seems there are no old photos of weather phenomena or reptiles (particularly snakes), from any part of the world, that someone won't dust off and recirculate with text proclaiming them to be somehow connected to Hurricane Katrina.
This latest entry shows a series of photographs of a snake caught in an electrified fence and claims them to be pictures taken in the receding flood waters of New Orleans. As we noted in an earlier article on these images, they actually show a python caught trying to escape from a fenced compound on the Silent Valley Ranch in South Africa after devouring an impala.
Last updated: 22 September 2005
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