Welcome to Snake Chat. I’m your host. Today’s topic: a snake that was killed by a man in Chula.
We heard the same rumor you did. A man killed a 12-foot snake in Chula. It was all over Facebook. And since it was on the Interwebs, it had to be true, right?
It was also reported on TV as being larger than the actual size.
Our intrepid reporter who, by the way, hates snakes, headed out to Chula to talk to Lee Fletcher, who killed the snake. When she walked in and asked for Lee, he immediately rolled his eyes, and told her the whole thing had been blown out of proportion.
You see, Fletcher had a photo taken with the snake, which he measured at 5 feet, and it got passed around by his friends online. The angle of the photo made it look much larger than it was.
So our reporter came back, wrote the story, and the paper went to press.
For the next couple of days, we received calls and e-mails from people who said all sorts of things. Everything from “You people don’t know how to measure anything right” to “You need to work on your math skills” to “Can’t you guys get anything right?”
We also received commentary from people who said they had seen the photo and could clearly see that the snake was at least 9 feet long. We had several of those calls. One gentleman even came by to tell us his take on the reptile situation.
Just so you know, we didn’t measure the snake. It is not our practice to tell those we interview, “Hey, we don’t believe you. How’s about we measure that thing for ourselves?”
We’ll grant you the photo did make the snake look much larger. There’s another one on the Interwebs that shows the snake from a different angle. You can see even more so in that one that the snake is clearly not 12 feet long.
Folks, we don’t make this stuff up. We couldn’t if we tried. We wouldn’t want to anyway. You know what they say: Truth is stranger than fiction.
And by the way, if there are rattlers 5 feet long slithering around in some parts of the county, you can bet this girl will not be traipsing around unaware. I’m keeping my eyes peeled.
And I suggest you do as well. As fall gears up and temperatures cool down, snakes will be moving. According to the Extension service website, during the months of September and October, snakes become more active, and will come out into the sun to warm up.
So when you’re out and about, watch your feet. If you go in the woods, be sure to wear long pants and snake-safe boots. Watch where you step, and keep an eye on your children when they are playing out in the yard, particularly if you live in a more rural area of the county.
As for our snake story, we have to say, we appreciate that folks feel the need to speak out. We like to hear from you, and appreciate that you feel this is your newspaper.
And for the record, the next time we take a snake photo, we’ll be sure to take along a tape measure.
You can reach Angye Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.