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Bizarre video shows green 'furry' snake in Thailand

By T.K. Randall
March 5, 2022 · Comment icon 8 comments

Have you ever seen anything like this ? Image Credit: Twitter / YouTube
Video footage of a rather peculiar discovery has been doing the rounds on social media this month.
What's long, slithers around underwater and is covered in green fur ?

This was the question asked by a number of curious social media users this week after footage of such a creature, which was discovered in Thailand, went viral online.

It was found quite unexpectedly in the city of Sakhon Nakhon and placed into a container of water.
So could this be a previously undiscovered species, a deliberate hoax, or is something else going on ?

In this case, at least, there does appear to be a conventional explanation - the general consensus among the locals is that this is in fact a puff-faced water snake that has spent so long at the bottom of a swamp waiting for prey to come along that moss has literally grown all over its body.

You can check out the footage for yourself below.

Source: Boing Boing | Comments (8)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by ouija ouija 2 years ago
Comment icon #2 Posted by Kittens Are Jerks 2 years ago
It could be as there's not much info available. I did, however, find one article with a few additional details, and locals saying they thought it could be a puff-faced water snake that had moss growing on its body from waiting such a long time in the swamp to catch its prey.
Comment icon #3 Posted by HandsomeGorilla 2 years ago
it's an Elephant Trunk Snake with moss growing on it. They're a largely aquatic snake. The owner is a snake keeper in Thailand who is a big time TikToker.†
Comment icon #4 Posted by and then 2 years ago
Okay, THAT is creepy... The face looks like a Chinese Dragon.††
Comment icon #5 Posted by Carnoferox 2 years ago
It has been identified as a Deuve's water snake (Homalopsis nigroventralis) covered in hair algae. There is a lot more footage of it in this video. †
Comment icon #6 Posted by jethrofloyd 2 years ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by Hyperionxvii 2 years ago
Oh, look, it's a dragon! You've never seen those Chinese pictures of dragons? That one is obviouly a seaweed dragon. It appears to be at least part plant.†
Comment icon #8 Posted by NCC1701 2 years ago
I wonder if this is some kind of symbiose where the snake gets oxygen from these algae.

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