Hoaxes & Rumors

Classic Fake Photo: Golden Snake

Classic Fake Photo: Golden Snake

A photo of a beautiful and unbelievable snake with bright gold skin has surfaced online. Is this golden-colored snake real or a hoax?

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The Photo was Altered for an Online Contest.

This impressive photo editing was done for a graphics contest on worth1000.com called Alternate Materials: Gold, Adding the Midas touch which took place about six years ago. The snake photo in question ranked 2nd place among a field of impressive entries.

“Mandrak”, the contestant who created the gold-textured snake, can take pride that his creation has become something of an urban legend.

Below you can see the gold image, and the original photograph from which it was altered:

10/2012 Update:

The golden snake photo began circulating in late 2012 with a new caption, attempting to clam that this is a real, rare snake. This caption reads:

Golden Snake is only found in thick dense Amazon forest. Only less than 10 is estimated to be alive. It’s saliva, venom and skin contains 24 carrot pure Gold. One strike from a Golden snake could kill you within 5 minutes. Many have disappeared, after setting into the forest in search of this snake.

Real Golden Snakes

Although the golden color of the snake shown above is not real, there are real “golden” snakes, such as the deadly golden lancehead, which populate Queimada Grande Island, or the Snake Island. That island has the highest concentration of venomous snakes in the world, including an estimated 2,000 – 4,000 golden lanceheads.

golden lancehead

Bottom Line

The photo of a “golden snake” is not real. It is a digitally altered photo for an online graphics contest on worth1000.com that took place about six years ago. Gold colored snakes do exist in nature, however.

Revised May 22, 2015
Originally published September 2012

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  • Tyler

    Strangely enough this picture may be a hoax however one has been seen in central south Carolina. My mother who is too terrified to even hear the word snake saw one a few hundred feet from her mailbox. In hearing this making me do some research. Haven’t found its origin yet but I will be sure to post all info on what I do find.

  • sugar rock

    how do u know this is not real?! for all you know this person found yet another miracle of nature!

  • Sandee

    LMAO …venom is pure 24 “carrot” gold… LMAO at carrot and at the fact they even thought to elude to the “fact” that the venom is pure 24 kt gold!!! The person/persons who attempted to scam people in this hoax is/are funny as hell, and also extremely stupid! LOL

  • Sandee

    LMAO …venom is pure 24 kt gold …. LMAO!!

  • Romue

    Wow man i though it is real ! Anyway thex for information

  • w

    “24 carrot pure gold”
    😀

    • Sandee

      I know, right? I LMAO when I seen the “carrot” …. lol….still laughing. That pretty funny!!

      • Sandee

        Hey, I’ll voluntarily let it bite me if u promise to suck the venom out, then spit it out. We could then split the 24 kt pure gold out and split it 50/50. I’d allow to get bit quite a few times if u promise the above…lol

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