Published on November 26th, 2021
A video that went viral on the internet shows a massive snake being removed from its forest home by the aid of a digger. It has been making the rounds on the Internet for more than two weeks and has left people stunned at the sheer size of the snake.
A number of news reports, in fact, suggested that it might be the world’s largest snake ever recorded. Since the video was posted on social media, a number of news sites reported incorrectly that the snake was found in Jharkhand.
The video went viral thanks to the claim that the snake was found in FCI Sindri, Dhanbad, Jharkhand.
“Massive! It took a crane to shift this #python weighing 100 kg and measuring 6.1 m length, in Dhanbad, Jharkhand,” wrote Rajya Sabha member Parimal Nathwani as he shared the video on Twitter. Many of his followers shared the video, with similar assertions.
Massive! It took a crane to shift this #python weighing 100 kg and measuring 6.1 m length, in Dhanbad, Jharkhand. #nature #wildlife #snakes #forests #India @wwfindia @natgeoindia pic.twitter.com/nZMNUtLkbv
— Parimal Nathwani (@mpparimal) October 18, 2021
However, as per The Mirror, the snake was spotted by workers who were clearing the Dominica rainforest. The video was posted on TikTok by @fakrulazwa . The video has been watched more than 7 million times via the site. Another video posted on the same account, shows people struggling to put the snake inside their car.
The local government in Dhanbad, Jharkhand confirmed that no snake was ever found anywhere in the district. Neither did they have any evidence where a snake had been lifted using the help of a JCB machine.