Old Wives' Tales
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Claim: Photographs show utility workers discovering a large alligator and a nest of snakes.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: Despite the urbanization of much of the world, there are still plenty of places left where construction work runs flush into non-human inhabitants of both the large and the deadly varieties. The message reproduced above purports to document an instance where power workers ran into a couple of dangerous species at the same site, one large in size and the other large in number. Although the photographs are genuine, they have nothing to do with each
According to the folks at Florida Power & Light (FPL), these pictures don't depict one of their crews, nor were they taken at a work site around Orlando International Airport, as claimed in the accompanying text:
Thank you for your recent e-mail. We received this same inquiry about the alligator and snakes in August, 2002. At that time one of our employees investigated the situation.The California Bureau of Land Management identifies the second photograph as a picture of desert rattlesnakes.
What they found out was OUC (Orlando Utilities Commission) services the Orlando International Airport area. They contacted OUC who said they knew nothing about the story. FPL's environmental department said they had been forwarded many copies and that this is a hoax or urban legend that is being passed around the Internet. They also advised that the rattlesnakes are western diamondbacks and would not be found in Florida.
Last updated: 25 February 2005
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