15 foot Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake, found in Jacksonville, FL. Largest ever caught on record.
After seeing this, someone did a little research, and learned the following:
One bite from a snake this large contains enough venom to kill over 40 full grown men.
The head alone is larger than the hand of a normal sized man.
This snake was probably alive when George H. W. Bush was President.
A bite from those fangs would equal being penetrated by two 1/4 inch screwdrivers.
A snake this size could easily swallow a 2 year-old child.
A snake this size has an approximately 5 and 1/2 foot accurate striking distance. (The distance for an average size Rattlesnake is about 2 feet)
Judging by the size of the snake, it is estimated to weigh over 170 pounds.
Concerning yesterday's post: I am happy to report that my friend had no trouble on the remainder of her travels. She did have to change planes in Atlanta, but she was met at the arrival gate with a wheelchair, and quickly whisked to her departure gate. She was met in FL by her sister and brother-in-law, so all was well. Thanks to all of you for your thoughtful comments. After reading them, I realized I hadn't made something clear. My friend does not use a wheelchair in her daily life, but the problem causing the lack of oxygen makes it hard for her to walk long distances, such as might be necessary in an airport. That is why she requested a wheelchair.