The guy in the thumb nail is actually touching that snake. If you look closely you will notice he has a white cane. He is blind. My wife uses a cane, that's why I noticed. I don't care what it's real size is, that's one huge snake, and I don't want to meet one. The biggest snake I have seen wild is a 4' bullsnake. They look kind of like a prarie rattler, but no poison. The biggest rattler was a 12'' pigmy rattler both near Ellsworth.