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Snake with Leg and Clawed Foot Found in China


Not how I'd want to be awakened:

"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."

It's apparently a mutation and not some kind of new, undiscovered, stuff-of-nightmares species (or Photoshop creation, though I'm suspicious). Still, I think it'd be 'lights on' for a few weeks after that experience.

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  1. Looks fake to me.

    Posted by: Cybearsage | Sep 14, 2009 6:00:10 PM

  2. Evilution!!!

    Posted by: Crikey | Sep 14, 2009 6:15:13 PM

  3. Evolution can be sca-a-a-rrry!

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Sep 14, 2009 6:37:30 PM

  4. How long before the Creationists seize this as biological evidence of the truth of Genesis?

    Posted by: Jordan | Sep 14, 2009 6:39:44 PM

  5. This is going to give me nightmares for years to come.

    Posted by: Mark | Sep 14, 2009 6:42:55 PM

  6. Um, wouldn't the leg have a shadow?

    Posted by: Smokey | Sep 14, 2009 7:05:34 PM

  7. I call bullshit. Mutations are small, incremental changes that build on existing structures. There's nothing in a snake's DNA the simple reordering or mutation of which would result in the growth of a clawed foot. That would be like a human child born with wings.

    Posted by: GM | Sep 14, 2009 7:54:32 PM

  8. "Um, wouldn't the leg have a shadow?"

    Heh---good point!

    Posted by: octobercountry | Sep 14, 2009 8:14:24 PM

  9. The creationists are sticking their fingers in their ears and going, "La, La, Laaaaa!!! I can't HEAR you!".

    Posted by: Wheezy | Sep 14, 2009 8:29:55 PM

  10. that's what Bill O'Reilley and Glenn Beck's offspring would look like...

    Posted by: todd | Sep 14, 2009 8:44:54 PM

  11. How did Kanye get to China so quick?

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 14, 2009 9:15:16 PM

  12. There are residual genes in a snakes genome that might code for legs and feet, so it is not like a human being born with wings because we have never had wings in our evolutionary past. A snake with a leg is more like a human being born with a tail.

    Posted by: Dan | Sep 14, 2009 9:38:51 PM

  13. the middle part of the snake is fatter than the rest. my guess is the snake ate something that tried and partially managed to claw its way out.

    Posted by: Andrew K | Sep 14, 2009 9:47:03 PM

  14. I would have a total "come-apart" if I woke up and found that critter climbing up MY wall. The house would be on the market the next day. I don't like reptiles much. Last week I picked up a flower pot in Pensacola and spied a tiny lizard. I frightened the neighbors.

    Posted by: Gerdis | Sep 14, 2009 9:59:53 PM

  15. I am not convinced. Looks suspiciously like the Python has eaten a small lizard and the snake's belly has ruptured enough to allow the lizard's leg to pop out. Pythons often rupture when they bite off more than they can chew (if they could chew, which they can't, but work with me here!)

    Posted by: wirrrn | Sep 15, 2009 3:17:10 AM

  16. Fake! The 'leg' isn't casting a shadow.

    Posted by: Kevin | Sep 15, 2009 8:32:46 AM

  17. If the snake can speak - in Hebrew (?) - then we have a creationist wet dream.

    Posted by: dave | Sep 15, 2009 12:49:40 PM

  18. Totally Photoshopped! The leg doesn't have a shadow! Morons who can't actually do anything right!

    Posted by: Sean | Sep 15, 2009 6:30:45 PM


    Im not to sure about the shadow theory as the leg appears to be bent not pointing straight up and the sun to be coming from the left (ish) so i would suggest the shadow of the leg would be covering itself which if you look closely kind of looks like there is - not that i believe this to be true though

    Posted by: LCBEE | Sep 17, 2009 7:14:00 PM

  20. um, yea the leg dose have a shadow, dumb asses, its covered up by the shadow of the body

    Posted by: vc hvc | Oct 6, 2009 9:11:45 PM

  21. The leg does indeed have a shadow. You can actually see part of it on the spherical joint out of which the leg protrudes. It points from the base of the leg towards the bottom right corner of the image at about a 45 degree angle. That is consistent with the direction of all of the other shadows in the image.

    Posted by: MajorTom | Mar 4, 2010 10:46:23 PM

  22. 100% genuine photo, but 100% not a freak mutation. The snake has eaten a toad and the side of the snake has ruptured (or was cut by the photographer) the leg of the dead animal that is inside the snake is popping out (you can even see the bulge of the body of the toad at the base of the leg, squeezing out!

    Posted by: AJ | Nov 17, 2010 7:03:45 PM

  23. I can't say for sure about the picture, but what about the part of the story where the woman claims the 'claw' was actually functional and climbing up her wall? Whether it's a toad's leg or a vestigial limb, I doubt it would actually be functional.

    Posted by: Jen | Jun 11, 2011 11:52:03 AM

  24. If that's the leg of another animal, then why does it have the same scale pattern as the rest of the snake? And when they say mutation here, the don't mean the small scale time consuming mutation of the entire species, they mean a mutation like a human baby born with gills, an extra finger/toe, or a tail, or webbed feet. It all happens naturally and is very well recorded fact.

    Tsim Fuckis is a Youtube user that has progeria, and a penis growing out of his stomach. Do you think that he ate a penis and it ruptured his stomach, or that he is photoshopped?

    Posted by: Voice of Reason | Nov 30, 2011 7:18:59 PM

  25. It's sad how all these evolutionists get so stereotypically belligerent when defending their hoaxes... until they are proven wrong. This is a snake with a leg growing out of it, just like the Piltdown man, Nebraska man and peppered moth hoaxes were real, huh? And of course, when the evolutionists are caught hoaxing, they just pretend it never happened. Dueling Banjos needs to be the evolutionist's anthem. They can go hang out with the flat earth society.

    This is a dead snake whose stomach has ruptured from the claw of an animal it ate. The bulge where the skin has been expanded from its body is quite apparent.

    Posted by: Disco Barbie | Jul 17, 2012 3:54:57 PM

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