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Did a giant snake really swallow a woman in South Africa?

There is a picture of a large snake doing the rounds on social media that, going by its appearance, has recently consumed a sizable meal.

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The message claims that the snake swallowed a woman near Durban North, South Africa in early June 2013.

According to the message, the incident was witnessed by a South African reporter named Linda Laina Nyatoro and it was this reporter who first sent out the photograph.

However, the claims in the message are false according to Hoax Slayer.

The same image has appeared in entirely different contexts from at least September 2012. Moreover, while Linda Laina Nyatoro did post the image and story via Facebook on June 11, 2013, she did not claim to be a witness to the supposed incident.

She states in the comment thread for the image that she was not present during the alleged attack. She claims that one of her colleagues was there when the woman’s body was removed from the snake.

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However, she does not cite any references for her story. Furthermore, Hoax Slayer could find no credible reports about a snake related fatality like the one described occurring in Durban during 2013.

Back in 2002, a ten year old Durban boy was reportedly killed and swallowed by a rock python while collecting fruit.

However, the above image is in no way connected to the 2002 fatality.

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