The South Texas Hunting Association posted the photo to Facebook on Thursday of Markcuz Rangel holding the animal he said weighs 13 pounds. I for one, have never, EVER seen anything like it. I couldn't decide if it was real or not, so I put on my detective cap and got to work.
The viral images in question were shared by the South Texas Hunting Association Facebook page (below) along with the caption: “Wanted to share a monster bullfrog we got yesterday afternoon at one of our fishing ponds in South Texas ranch located in Batesville tx 13lb [5.8 kilograms] monster frog!!!” Since it was uploaded last Thursday, it’s been shared over 250,000 times and thousands of comments, most of which say something like “holy sh*t!”
Now according to Herps of Texas, the largest frog species in the US reaches between 3.5 to 6 inches and this photo is drawing a lot of skepticism. From the photo, it looks like the frog is nearly as big as Rangel so I can see why people doubt it's real! I guess that's what my question is: Is this frog really as large as it appears? , Steve Lightfoot, official spokesman for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, doesn’t think so. Read on to find out why.