"It was on an island. And there was this snake. And the snake had legs. Yes. That's true. A snake with legs."

Woman finds awesome snake with awesome leg, immediately beats it to death.

Dean Qiongxiu, 66, said she discovered the reptile clinging to the wall of her bedroom with its talons in the middle of the night.

"I woke up and heard a strange scratching sound. I turned on the light and saw this monster working its way along the wall using his claw," said Mrs Duan of Suining, southwest China. Mrs Duan said she was so scared she grabbed a shoe and beat the snake to death before preserving its body in a bottle of alcohol.

The snake -- 16 inches long and the thickness of a little finger -- is now being studied at the Life Sciences Department at China's West Normal University in Nanchang.

Just to the West of Normal, yes.

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16 Responses:

  1. mooflyfoof says:

    You forgot to include the best part of that article:

    "A more common mutation among snakes is the growth of a second head, which occurs in a similar way to the formation of Siamese twins in humans.

    Such animals are often caught and preserved as lucky tokens but have very little chance of surviving in the wild anyway, especially as the heads have a tendency to attack each other. "

    Boy would I love to see that! Hah.

  2. fightingwords says:

    I hate you for posting that.

  3. Dennis says:

    Would you like to see my collection of Jackalopes?

  4. wealhtheow says:

    I don't wanna hear any more about the lizard, Shaftoe.

  5. dasht says:

    that is...

  6. g_na says:

    That's really cool. They should have also mentioned that many snakes often have a little spur on the sides of their bodies--a vestigial leg.

    Of course, all this is more proof that yes, evolution is real. But I'm sure ignorant religious folks just think of this snake as some sort of devil, ugh.

  7. 33mhz says:

    Masterfully chosen Laurie Anderson reference.

  8. ammonoid says:

    Atavisms FTW.

  9. jope says:

    Come on, this has to be a hoax by a Trogdor fan. That beefy arm looks pretty good... comin' outta the back of his neck...

  10. autodidactic says:

    I want one.

    A live one.

    I'd name him Knuckles.

  11. taskboy3000 says:

    Why has no one yet commented on the disturbingly disk-shaped head of this thing? Are we sure this isn't an alien?