A spokesman for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department told the Houston Chronicle that the photo is real and not photoshopped. However, the spokesman said the picture is a little misleading.
“It’s not as bigly as it appears,” spokesman Steve Lightfoot said. “[It’s an] optical illusion created by extending frog toward the camera – similar to what you see with fishermen holding up fish to make them appear larger. Still a big bullfrog, though.”
This is how the South Texas Hunting Association captioned the photo on Facebook: “Markcuz Rangel – 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 monster frog!!!”