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How's this for a snake!


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Photos of a snake caught on an electric fence on a sheep & cattle station near the NSW town of Nyngan....

Some tourists on holidays came across the snake caught in an electric fence, being continually shocked, and getting very angry!
The group wondering what to do, decide to divert the current, cut the wire AND let the snake go! (As you should do).
When the property owner found out he went ballistic, besides being upset about his fence, the snake had been eating lambs in the area, and he'd been trying to track it for ages.
He did not appreciate the help! Australians are used to a big snake or two, but wait till you see this old fella!

He looks like he's just had a feast of little lamb!

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Wow! That's huge!
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Wow - look at the fangs on that thing! frantique, do you know what kind of snake that is?
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frantique, do you know what kind of snake that is?

best guess by size and location that it would be a reticulated python...can't be an "annaconda" as they aren't in australia...reticulated pythons I THINK are the second largest snake after the annaconda....it's deffinitely in the python family...and obviously a constrictor and it's got the recurved teeth for shoving food down it's gullet
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i retract my previous assessment http://www.bushveld....ures-python.htm african rock python

this is a reticulated http://homepage.mac....python03tfk.jpg scale pattern is wrong
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You're a herpetologist too? Wow, a monkey of many skills :whistling:

Thanks, dsenette!
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great...the word herpatologist...and ScHwErV is reading this thread...

*dsenette waits for it
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According to Frantique's story, the snake was released and got away, but according to the link dsenette posted, the snake was skinned.

Something doesn't add up here.
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none of the images look photoshopped...though...i don't see a single shadow in any of them

also in the image where the snake is biting the wire...look at the teeth on the right side of the mouth...i don't THINK that it's that easy to break snake teeth....most of the pythons i've been around...would have a tooth come all the way out instead of fracture in the middle...though it's not impossible that a tooth would break on wire like that...but at the angle shown...it sort of looks like someone hosed a "magic lasso"...
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http://www.snopes.co.../fencesnake.asp good ole snopes!

the silent valley ranch is the page i linked to
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So based on that Snopes link, it's a true story but actually took place in South Africa, not in Australia. Quite an impressive picture, nonetheless.
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also...seems that the snake was killed by the fence...so...no rescue attempts or mad farmers..but..still....big ole' snake
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Crikey, you guys are unreal! I just got the story in an email from a friend in London and cut and pasted. Didn't think to check the source! Guess I don't have to really .... not with ace investigators on the job like the monkey and domestic godess - ha, ha :whistling:
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Just did a bit of research and checked out "Aussie Pythons and Snakes" forum where the email and pics were discussed extensively and they all agreed it is not an Australian snake and as dsenette advised is an African Rock Python. Apparently it had eaten an impala. Good research dsenette.
Here's a link to the story with another pic of the snake skinned http://www.bushveld....res-python.htm
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if there's one thing that i know...it's that me and sari can research..
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