Snake With Foot, Beaten to Death with Shoe

By Brett Israel | September 15, 2009 2:31 pm

snake_webA snake with a single clawed foot growing out of its side was reportedly discovered in the bedroom of a 66-year old woman in Southwest China.

The London Telegraph has a photo and an account of the woman’s hospitality toward the talon-ed serpent:

“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 16-inch long snake is now being studied by scientists to determine the cause of the bizzaro mutation. However, if sci-fi horror-comedies are any indication, let’s hope it’s not from pouring formaldehyde down the sink.

Related Content:
Discoblog: “Spitting Cobras” Don’t Really Spit After All
80beats: Fangs Came From One Ancestor
DISCOVER: Jared Diamond on Dining With the Snakes
DISCOVER: The Magician and the Rattlesnake

Image:flickr/furryscaly

  • Anna Haynes

    From the photo, it looks to me like the snake ate a lizard, which dug/ate its way partway out of the snake.

NEW ON DISCOVER
OPEN
CITIZEN SCIENCE
ADVERTISEMENT

Discover's Newsletter

Sign up to get the latest science news delivered weekly right to your inbox!

Discoblog

Quirky, funny, and surprising science news from the edge of the known universe.
ADVERTISEMENT

See More

ADVERTISEMENT
Collapse bottom bar
+

Login to your Account

X
E-mail address:
Password:
Remember me
Forgot your password?
No problem. Click here to have it e-mailed to you.

Not Registered Yet?

Register now for FREE. Registration only takes a few minutes to complete. Register now »