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Venomous Email Slithers Into Your Inbox
Venomous Email Slithers Into Your Inbox

Like most urban legends, the Saint Augustine Rattlesnake Warning email is dark and dramatic. What makes this email different than most is that it's real. Well, at least the photos are real. Here is the text of the cold blooded email that has been frightening folks around the globe for nearly two years.

"SUBJECT: THIS IS NOT A PYTHON!"

"This is a 15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake - the largest ever caught on record, in fact. This snake was found Near the St. Augustine outlet, in a new KB homes subdivision just south of Jacksonville FL.

A little research revealed the following:

  • One bite from a snake of this size would contain enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men.
  • The head of this snake alone is larger than the hand of a normal sized man.
  • A bite from those fangs would comparable to being stabbed by two curved, 1/4 inch diameter screwdrivers.
  • The knife being used to draw out the fangs for the bottom picture has a blade around 4 inches long.
  • This snake is estimated to have weighed over 170 pounds. (How much do you weigh?)
  • Notice the girth of this snake as compared to the cop's leg in the first picture (and he is not a small man).
  • A snake of this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old child (and dogs, pigs, etc).
  • A snake this size has an approximately 5 1/2 foot accurate striking distance. (The distance for an average size rattlesnake is about 2 feet.)
  • This snake has probably been alive since George Bush Sr. was President.

Now just ask yourself these questions:  What has this snake been feeding on and where are its offspring?"

Are you just terrified? Will you think twice before heading out to weed your flowerbed? Relax, the St Johns County Sheriff's Office has taken the time to post an accurate account of the alleged 15 foot rattlesnake. (see for yourself)

According to the SJCSO website, here's the real story. "In July of 2009, deputies received a call of a large snake in the landscaping near the entrance of a newly developed subdivision," near the I-95 and State Road 16 interchange. "The citizens who called, also summoned a local reptile trapper to the area. Upon locating what was by all accounts a very large and venomous Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake the trapper decidedly killed the snake. The animal was killed due to it’s proximity to the residences and the trappers permits that did not allow the taking of the “live” venomous snake. The trapper maintained the remains of the snake and notified the Sheriff’s Office that it measured 7’ 3” in length. The record for this species is 8’ in length making the snake quite a specimen, although not the largest ever found and not 15’ in length. Since this incident, our agency has continued to receive numerous emails each week and continuing phone calls regarding the validity of the snakes species, size, why it was killed, who kept the remains. We hope this information is useful in answering your inquiries."

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