Yesterday I wrote about a piece of garbage floating through a South Carolina neighborhood from August that was mistaken for an Alligator and now being claimed to be associated with the rain and flooding the state is currently experiencing. That was just the tip of the iceberg.
It is now being claimed that this photograph was taken in
Finlay Park in Columbia, South Carolina. Well, this is a crocodile. There are alligators in South Carolina, but there are no crocodiles. You'll have to travel to south Florida to see those. But that said, I'm not certain this is even an American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus).
Here's another picture being sent around with the story that it was taken in South Carolina. This picture does the rounds every time there is a flood. Snopes has already tackled it in the past, it is a photoshopped image.
In addition to these outright hoaxes, there is a fair share of native-wildlife fear being injected into the conversation as well.
Feel so bad for people in SC. On top of the flooding, having to deal with dangerous snakes in their homes. #SCFlood @weatherchannel— Chris Warren (@TWCChrisWarren) October 4, 2015
Sorry to pick on you, Chris. When asked for the source of this information, a few folks said there were "reports" or "accounts" floating around. Well, people tell me about snakes found in and around their homes every day. And, who added, "dangerous"? Cottonmouths do occur in South Carolina and they are potentially dangerous. Don't touch them. Snakes (along with everything else) are likely to be influenced by the flooding and you may see more of them now. They've always been around though. Again, don't touch them.
There are a lot of things to worry about right now in South Carolina...like water. Don't be unnecessarily afraid of native wildlife.
No truth to the rumors of a hippo escaping the Zoo. We don't have hippos. All of our animals are safe.— Riverbanks Zoo (@RiverbanksZoo) October 4, 2015