Giant Texas Rattlesnake
Netlore Archive: Emailed picture of a giant rattlesnake killed in Texas, allegedly measuring 9 feet 1 inch in length and weighing 97 pounds.
Description: Emailed image
Circulating since: 2005
Email contributed by Tammy W., March 8, 2007:
Fw: "BIG" Texas Rattle Snake
Next time you're out in the tall grass, remember this one. This snake was recently found at the J & S Quik Mart located just south of RR 3014 Turnoff on Highway 281 south of Tow, Texas. [That's just west of Burnett, Texas]
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9 feet, 1 inch - 97 lbs.
A reminder that these creatures are actually out there and no matter what you believe, sometimes they should get not only prescriptive rights to be there, but the full right of way.
And here's how to cook 'em .................
1 medium-sized rattlesnake (3-4 lbs.), cut into steaks
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cornmeal
1/4 cup cracker crumbs
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (not garlic salt)
1 teaspoon salt
Mix dry ingredients. Whisk milk into beaten egg and use to dip snake steaks. Then coat them with dry ingredients. Fry, uncovered, in 400 degree oil until brown.
Analysis: Probably a bit of a tall tale. A different version of this message circulating since 2005 says the photo above was taken near Fritch, Texas. Yet another version, circulating since 2006, says it was taken near Devil's Lake, North Dakota. The reptile in question appears to be a western diamondback rattlesnake, which is native to Texas, but not North Dakota.
The image itself doesn't appear to have been manipulated, but perspective plays a role in the apparent size of the snake. Note how it is being dangled on the edge of a rod, closer to the camera lens than the human subject. Though specimens of the western diamondback can grow to 7 feet or more in length, the size of this one has probably been exaggerated at "9 feet 1 inch."
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Sources and further reading:
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
Officials Warn of Snakes as Active Season Approaches
Midland Reporter-Telegram, 17 May 2007
Last updated: 06/14/07