posted on Oct, 15 2004 @ 11:53 AM
It surfaces during rains and basks in the sun. This means it is cold blooded and gets its oxygen through osmosis. If you believe these accounts then
it is a worm and not a snake. Either way, doesn't matter. I call BS and here is why.
1. Osmosis requires a membrane (skin) to remain moist for oxygen exchange. This is a desert. Not gonna work. If it's a snake then it has lungs
and needs to breath very routinely...we'd see it often as it surfaced.
2. Osmosis only works for animals with a high surface area/volume ratio. Otherwise you need lungs/gills. A several foot long worm doesn't work (ok
tapeworms can be meeters long but it is because they are so flat...this is not the case here). Again if its something other than osmosis we'd see it
surface to breath.
3. Burrowing. It has already been mentioned here. An animal of this proportion could not burrow through the sand. A worm burrows based on the
nature that is small relative to the dirt particles it is displacing. Wouldn't work with a large creature.
4. Evolution. Mechanisms such as electric discharge and corrosive venom are not trivial evolutionarrily. You would expect to see some other closely
related species with similar characteristics. Most cryptids are a variation on a well know animal, think unicorn. Not hard to imagine. A gaint
burrowing worm that shoots lightning and spits acid...now that's an evolutionary stretch. Another evolutionary stretch, worms aren't carnivores.
5. Electric discharge. Doesn't work. The amount of energy needed to generate an electric current that would leap through the air (ie lightning) to
a target and hit with enough force to kill is absurd. The energy requirement alone would not be worth the caloric payback from the meal it killed.
Some species manage electrical discharges, electric eels for example. But remember 1. this is in the water, which conducts electricity 2. It is
radiated as a pulse not as a targeted bolt. 3. It stuns smaller prey, not outright kills larger prey
6. Corrosive venom. So we aren't talking about a toxin here, we are talking acid. Spitting toxins that damage the eyes, ie spitting cobra, is well
known. Corrosive acid spray, can't thjink of any other biological support for this. Would be very tough to produce something this alkaline or
acidic without damaging the creature itself. Think about the stomach...tons of special protection required internally just maintain that acidic of
conitions. At the same time, stomach acid wouldn't do any serious damage, especially death, if you got hit with it.
Is it possible it exists?....you can explain anything away if you try though you will be stretching in this case. Is it likely?...hell no.