The Snake vs. the Electric Fence

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Snake vs. Electric Fence

Snake and Electric Fence
What happens when a python tangles with an electric fence? The python loses. Silent Valley Game Ranch

Description: Viral images / Text
Circulating since: July 2005
Status: Authentic photos / Mislabeled

Example #1:
Forwarded email contributed by Todd S., July 22, 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.

Example #2:
Forwarded email contributed by Julie L., July 28, 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!

Example #3:
Email contributed by Kristina W., August 2, 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.

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Snake vs. Electric Fence

Snake bites electric fence
Silent Valley Game Ranch

Example #4:
Forwarded email contributed by Mary B., August 22, 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!

Example #5:
Forwarded email contributed by Barbara W., September 14, 2005:

Hello,

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.

Phil

Example #6:
Forwarded email contributed by Jennifer W., October 31, 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 !

Example #7:
Forwarded email contributed by Mike H., November 17, 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!..........

Analysis: Of the seven different captions that have accompanied the preceding images on their email rounds since July 2005, only one correctly identifies their place of origin: a game farm in South Africa. To be specific, the snapshots were taken at the Silent Valley Game Ranch in the Limpopo Province.

The various stories people have told in forwarded emails containing the photos are a good illustration of how folklore works -- in the absence of facts, people make up something that sounds good. And other people hear it or read it, believe it, and pass it along. And you wondered why urban legends exist?

As stated on the ranch's website, the snake in the photos is four-meter-long rock python (Python sebae) which, shortly before its death, had swallowed not a sheep, nor a dog, but a full-grown female impala, making its body too fat to squeeze under the electric fence without touching it.

Further reading:

The "Python Bites Fence" Photo
Science Blogs, 11 November 2008

How to Repel Snakes with Electric Fences
eHow.com

Last updated 10/31/15

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