A video that recently resurfaced online seems to show an anaconda of gigantic proportions getting caught in a trap. The video was shared on Twitter with the caption "Trying to catch who's been stealing the chickens", indicating that the snake was captured while trying to steal poultry. However, there is more to the clip that meets the eye.
Notably, n the video the snake indeed appears to be massive. It is seen swimming across a muddy lake to stick its head inside a huge blue drum, getting trapped and writhing furiously in water. The video, which first appeared online over two years ago, has been viewed more than a million times on Twitter.
In the original clip the snake is indeed a big one, but it is nowhere as big as the 'anaconda' in the manipulated video. In fact, the massive blue drum is also nothing more than a small pipe, as evident by snapshots from the original clip
This is not the first time that a snake video has been manipulated to make the serpent look bigger than it actually is. This viral video was also shared with misleading claims about an anaconda measuring 50 feet in length.
Trying to catch who’s been stealing the chickens... pic.twitter.com/TpBhixH5CK— Science is Amazing (@AMAZlNGSCIENCE) November 20, 2020