News that a so-called “Penis Snake” was discovered in Brazil has rightly been met with some skepticism. The snake, as shown in photos circulated on the internet, does in fact resemble the human male genitalia. But is this real or just a hoax?
The snake is real.
This bizarre looking “snake” isn’t a snake at all, but actually a snake-like amphibian with the scientific name of Atretochoana eiselti. It was discovered after engineers drained a hydroelectric dam which spans a river connected to the Amazon. Scientists knew of the species from an older specimen held in a Vienna museum, but it wasn’t until the discovery of live specimens that the creature came into prominence.
The term “penis snake” is merely a nickname, and it isn’t the first snake-like creature to be called by this name. It should also be noted the resemblance to a penis appears to vary from photo to photo, and some who have seen them in person refer to them as a “floppy snake” instead.
What nickname would you use for this creature?
Filed under: Hoaxes & Rumors