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Claim: Photograph shows a 50-lb. rattlesnake caught in Clay County, West Virginia in
Examples: [Collected on the Internet, 2005]
Variations: Some October 2005 forwards of the photo include a text description that details the finding of a "Big Timber Rattler" "near an open path" in Potter County, PA,
Origins: There were several reasons to doubt the origins of the photograph displayed above matched the description that accompanied it on the Internet:
The Great Rattlesnake Hunter from Proctor has been out looking under rocks again, this time near Alexander. On Valentine's Day Jim Bob Basham, holding the snake, and his fellow hunters, Danny Fincannon and Johnny McClatchy of Dublin, uncovered a din of rattlers that yielded this monster. This snake is even bigger than the one Basham caught last November that made its rounds on the Internet. Big Charlie here is more than
Last updated: 24 October 2005
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