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Have You Seen This "13-Pound Monster Frog" Photo?

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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!”

Markcuz Rangel - Wanted to share a monster bull frog we got yesterday afternoon at one of our fishing ponds in South texas ranch located in Batesville tx 13lb monster frog!!! #stxha

Posted by South Texas Hunting Assoc. on jueves, 25 de mayo de 2017

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.

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