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An elderly Chinese woman who discovered a snake with a clawed hand protruding from its body was so scared she beat it to death, according to reports.
Xiu Qiong Duan, 68, told the SINA Beijing news agency she woke up in the middle of the night to find the snake clinging to the wall of her bedroom.
"I woke up and heard a strange scratching sound ... at first I thought it was thieves" she said.
"I turned on the light and saw this monster working its way along the wall using his claw."
Ms Duan, from Suining in southwest China, said she then grabbed a shoe and beat the snake to death.
She reportedly preserved its body in a bottle of alcohol which she gave to the Life Sciences Department at China's West Normal University in Nanchang.
Snake expert Long Shuai said the discovery of the creature, which is 40cm long and the thickness of a little finger, was "truly shocking".
"We won't know the cause until we've conducted an autopsy," she said.
Originally posted by flightsuit Nor do they have shoulders or any other type of body structure that a working limb would have to be attached to. For a birth defect to result in a snake with a limb, that would require its DNA to still retain a tremendous amount of information left over from the snake's prehistoric, limbed ancestor, and there'd have to be a way for that trait to suddenly re-assert itself in this one random mutation.
All snakes have vestigial pelvic bones and some even have vestigial leg bones. If it's an actual limb growing there, it would most likely be from that part of the snake, and I'm pretty sure a snake's pelvis is close to the tail end and not in the middle of the snake as shown.
Originally posted by Naeem82
To me what is bizzare is that not only does it have the deformity (mutation?) but it seems to be using it as well. As the old lady says, it was using the hand to crawl across the roof.. So it doesnt really sound like a defect per se..
Originally posted by aleon1018
It would appear that the snake swallowed some lizard to me. The arm sticking out seems fake. I'm guessing Chinese tabloid journalism. I'll read more, although doubtful as real to me anyway.
Not that the Chinese wouldn't play Dr. Moreau anyway. I don't know how much DNA the lizard and snake have in common already, but this looks attached.
Originally posted by A Conscience
This reminded me of another incident where a python in the Florida's Everglades had a alligator bursting from its guts. Several theories as to how that happened. One, if I can remember from a documentary, hypothesised that the python was involved in a previous altercation where it suffered a tear in its body. So when it tried to swallow the alligator, its body burst open.
Likewise, it is apparent that the snake in China swallowed something big, head first. Probably a monitor lizard, as the shape is elongated, and it managed to tear a hole out with its front left leg. IMHO.