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Giant Horned Snake

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 5th, 2011

Indiana Democrat
Indiana, Pennsylvania

August 20, 1902

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There is consternation in South Blairsville among the employees of the
Columbia Plate Glass Company over a monster believed to be in the swamp
north of the factory. Many stories are being told about him. Those who
seem to have seen the monster say he is fifteen feet long, six inches in
diameter in the center with a broad flat head and horns nearly a foot long.
The noise of his hissing “sounds like a locomotive blowing off steam.”

Thanks to Jerome Clark.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


2 Responses to “Giant Horned Snake”

  1. flame821 responds:

    1902? I think we can safely say this was not an escaped exotic pet. The horns have me stumped. I’ve personally seen some Rattlers and Black snakes (rat snakes) around here that are effing large and I imagine back then when the environment was healthier they grew much larger. (also not as many crazed humans freaking out and killing them, realizing they eat vermin like mice and voles) And as far as I know horned vipers tend to like drier environments, certainly not swamps.

  2. Cernovog responds:

    This sighting is not unique. The description sounds exactly like a creature described the Anishinabe (or Ojibwa or Chippewa) sacred stories named Missekenebeck. He is one of the “manedog”, a group of supernatural beings responsible for punishing people who break rules or taboos. Missekenebeck in particular was known for stealing children who misbehaved or wandered away from their parents. He appears as a giant serpent with deer antlers.

    Speaking of cultural taboos, I should mention that you’re not supposed to mention his name out loud or you may attract his attention. The Anishinabe wait until the winter time when the spirits are sleeping to tell stories about him.



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