We Grow 'Em Big In Texas!

Texas Snake!

Texas Snake!

Beau Elrod made a startling discovery on a local golf course in Cleburne TX . on Monday. While searching for golf balls, a weekly endeavor for Beau, on Cleburne's City Golf Course, Beau thought he had stepped on a rotten fallen tree limb. "It kind of mushed under my boot and I didn't think much of it, til it began to move."

The huge reptile revealed itself from beneath the ground cover yielding an Western Diamond Back Rattler that is believed to be the largest of its kind ever discovered in the United States . Weighing in at a 97 lbs and 9 feet, 1 inch - it is the biggest rattler found since Ross Allen captured one in 1969 that measured 9 feet, 1 inch but only weighed 76 lbs.

Beau is awaiting the final results on his record setting capture from the North Texas Game Wardens office. The Game Wardens office spent some time Monday afternoon surveying the area with moderate concern for the existence of additional Diamond Backs of this size.

A bite sustained from a snake of this size could be fatal due to the large amount of venom this animal produces. The discovery was made in a creek bed that runs between the 14th and 15th holes on Cleburne's City Golf Course. When contacted, Cleburne's Golf Club declined to comment.

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Dec 08, 2020
Not from golf course in Cleburne
by: Dennis

Urban legend as far as golf course in Cleburne. The guy is Neal Smith who worked for Triad Energy in Premont Tx. That is location of picture. I have been in those buildings. Used to be Mobil Oil location pre Triad. Neal was a customer of mine.

Jul 08, 2016
horse pucky
by: Anonymous

pretty sure that's a compressor station in the panhandle

Sep 04, 2015
by: Anonymous

Who said golfing is for sissies...

Apr 30, 2015
by: Anonymous

I see a 2.5 foot snake at no more than 5 pounds in this photo. He's holding out a thin, aluminum pole with a snake at the end being held by a plastic clip. The snake is much closer to the camera than the man who is standing much farther away while tilting the pole. As noted in previous comments, there is no way this person has the physical strength to hold a 97 pound "anything" at the tip of this pole.

Secondly, this is not Cleburne. It's neither the municipal golf course or the old Country Club course that is no longer in service. Cleburne does not have mill houses along the course--they're all brick and two story houses with half the course up against the lake.

Feb 08, 2015
by: Anonymous

Been in Cleburne all my life. I do not believe this is in Cleburne, much less our golf course. There are no old houses by the golf course. What houses that are near the golf course are all two story fancy houses.

Nov 09, 2011
hahahahaha whatever
by: Teddy Edwards

I'm from Cleburne, and while I've not been there in quite some time I don't think there were houses in the background anywhere on the Golf Course.

We DID HAVE a Golf Course, but it was uphill from Lake Pat...probably not a creek between any holes...

Anyway...nice picture anyway...

Oct 29, 2011
Dairy Queen
by: mexican pipeliner

There is a town in southwest texas by the name of Sabinal at the local dairy queen I do believe this same picture and several different ones hang on the wall for customers to see and if I remember correctly it says that the snake was killed somewhere in west texas.

Jun 10, 2010
NOT Cleburne
by: Clebilly

Nowhere in Cleburne is there a golf course with old houses near by. I laughed when I saw this. I've lived in Cleburne for nearly 10 years. Want to see something funny? Google the guy's name against a Cleburne number!

Sep 14, 2009
Strong man
by: Anonymous

How strong would this man have to be to hold a 97 lb. snake on a stick? Most people couldn't even pick up 97 lbs., much less hold it out in front of them like in this photo. It is a big snake, but not 97 lbs. No Way! Try holding even 10 lbs. like he is doing, and I'll bet you would have a hard time. This is a hoax!

Jun 15, 2009
That Snake Gets Around!
by: Mark Hollingsworth

I've read about this snake before. Snopes.com says the picture came out in 2005 but from another part of Texas. Then later the same picture was used with a story of a snake in Missouri. Now this story comes out and the snake is back in Texas. The first story even had a recipe for Snake Steaks (Deep-Fried Rattlesnake)!

By the way, rattlesnake is good cause I've had some...taste like chicken!!

Evidently the picture is true but the certainty of the story is undetermined. However, there's got to be a good illustration in there somewhere, even if it is that stories can grow as big as snakes can in Texas!

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