A stomach-churning video of a snake stuck in a woman’s ear has gone viral on social media – but many are convinced it’s not real.
The clip sees someone trying to remove the reptile from the lady’s ear with tweezers after it somehow got logged in her canal.
It’s not clear whether the video is real, but most people on Twitter think it’s fake. Either way, it’s pretty awful and is leaving social media users horrified.
- Warning: The clip can easily be found on Twitter but will not be linked here as it may be upsetting for some viewers. Although an image of the apparent snake in an ear is shown below.
Video of snake in woman’s ear goes viral
Internet users are freaking out over the almost four minute long video which sees a small yellow and black snake wedged in a woman’s ear.
Someone with white gloves on, who may be a surgeon or doctor, is trying to remove it with a pair of silver metal tweezers as it opens and closes its mouth.
The doctor also tries putting drops in the ear and using other tools to prize the reptile out, but nothing seems to work and the snake remains in the woman’s ear.
As per New York Post, the video was first posted on Facebook by a man in India called Chandan Singh on September 1.
He captioned the clip “snake in ear” and his post has had over 16,000 views at the time of writing this. However, it’s unclear whether he filmed it or reposted it from elsewhere.
Twitter users are convinced it’s fake
On Twitter, people are convinced the video isn’t real for a number of different reasons.
Firstly, a snake wouldn’t actually fit in the ear canal. Plus, if it was to somehow get in there, it would go in head first not tail first.
One person wrote “Ahhh I don’t think it’s possible given size of its head.”
“This looks fake, a snake would go in head first… Once inside the ear canal there is no where to turn around….. And she would feel that thing crawling into her ear,” said another.
A popular Twitter theory says it’s a decapitated snake head which has been placed inside the ear to get views.
A third person tweeted: “My guess is thats a decapitated head. The bites are wrong – looks muuuuch more like what u see nerves doing after decapitation.”
“And theres no way for that big a snake to fit in the ear canal even if it had done the unthinkable and backed in. Just more reptile abuse.”
Another Twitter user agreed, saying: “Snake heads can function for up to an hour after being decapitated. Pretty sure they cut a snake’s head off and inserted it into her ear for a viral video.”
“This video is a hoax. There is not enough room in the human ear to accommodate a snake that size,” another wrote.
“It appears as though someone has decapitated a snake and placed the head in the ear canal. What you are witnessing is the nerves as the severed head is being poked and prodded.”
Fact checker says it’s ‘unproven’
Fact checking site Snopes has investigated the video and determined it as “unproven”. This means they cannot clarify whether it is real or fake.
They said there is a “lack of information” and argued it’s “unclear” where the video was recorded, what type of snake it is or who the people in the video are.
Snopes also did a reverse image search and claimed this returned “zero results,” meaning the video is likely to be relatively new and not a repost.
They added that the decapitated snake theory “might be the truth” and agreed that the idea of a snake backing itself into an ear is “unlikely”.
However, they refused to determine whether the video was real “based on guesses of likelihood”.
HITC has reached out to the Facebook user who posted the video for comment.
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