The mythical 9’6″ Georgia rattlesnake is actually a large, but not AS large, 6’9″ Eastern Diamondback.
According to some great sleuthing by American Cowboy Chronicles, the large, but not freakishly large rattlesnake was actually shot by a man named Zachary Andrews of Florida in 2012.
Because of the slightly deceptive visual angle of the photograph, it went viral on Facebook, and the numbers 6 and 9 seem to have swapped spots somewhere along the way.
The Internet, and especially social media, can be like a worldwide game of “telephone” at times. It’s easy to get misled, and we try to set the record straight when we can.