Snake vs. Electric Fence
Netlore Archive: Various tales, some taller than others, accompany shocking images of an unfortunate python who tangled with an electric fence and lost
Description: Emailed images / Text
Circulating since: July 2005
Status: Authentic photos / Mislabeled
Analysis: See comments
Email example contributed by Todd S., 22 July 2005:
Subject: Snake Caught in the Fence
The photos below are from the ExxonMobile compound in Luanda - Angola, Africa. You will notice from the insulators in the first photo this is an electrified fence. I do not think you will wonder why they need an electric fence.
Email example contributed by Julie L., 28 July 2005:
Subject: Holy Shizzle!
A rock python caught under an electric fence on a game farm in South Africa. The snake was too big to fit under the electric fence, got shocked and got just a little angry!
Email example contributed by Kristina W., 2 August 2005:
Fw: Electric Fence
You own a sheep ranch and you have lost several animals over time to snakes. So you install an electric fence, and you are hoping that it will work. On this morning, you do your patrol out around the perimeter of your property, and lo and behold, you find this!!! The snake has tried to get through the electric fence and then became stuck under the fence when the electric current nailed him. Bewildered, he attacks the source of his pain.
Email example contributed by Mary B., 22 August 2005:
Read story first!!!
A sheep farmer was puzzled at the disappearance of sheep on his farm. After a few weeks of sheep disappearing the farmer decided to put up an electric fence. This is what he found!
Email example contributed by Barbara W., 14 September 2005:
We were clearing our land near the creek bed that is close to our house near the golf course. We were having some problems with neighberhood dogs coming up missing so we figured a coyote was to blame. We installed an electric fence to shock the coyote into leaving.
Needless to say when I heard Pam scream I knew that she had seen a snake (by the sound of her scream). I too felt like screaming when I run up and saw this sight.
Glad we put in the electric fence. At least we discovered what has been happening to all the dogs.
Thought you might like to see what's been eating them.
Have a good weekend.
Email example contributed by Jennifer W., 31 October 2005:
Thought everyone might be interested in these 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, decided to divert the current, cut the wire AND let the snake go! (Thinking this was the humane thing to 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 !
Email example contributed by Mike H., 17 November 2005:
Subject: FW: Electric Fence
This is scary!!!
An Australian sheep farmer was puzzled at the disappearance of sheep on his farm. After a few weeks of sheep disappearing the farmer decided to put up electric fence. This is what he found!..........