Monday, August 4, 2008

Nguma-Monene



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This is one Congo cryptid that is not, in fact, dinosaurian. It resembles a large python with stegosaurian plates coming out of its back. Nguma-Monene is supposedly 30 to 40 feet long and almost a meter in diameter. This is incredibly thick for a snake. It is likely that this claim is an exaggeration, as this is far beyond the diameter of even some trees. A more reasonable estimate was proposed by a native elder who said it was about as thick as a man's thigh. The same elder, who says he saw it eating from a tree, claims that its underside is lighter-colored than its top and that it can climb trees. It is at least semi-aquatic, and it fights with and kills hippos, according to native peoples who are familiar with the creature.

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