New At The Museum: Identify The Species

Posted by: Loren Coleman on May 27th, 2011

New items turn up at the International Cryptozoology Museum all the time.

For Memorial Day weekend, let’s make our latest addition into a quiz.

What species is the source of the newest artifact added to the museum?

Two clues:

1) It is 12 (twelve) feet long.

2) Here is a closeup image of one section of its skin:

Send along your best guess.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

22 Responses to “New At The Museum: Identify The Species”

  1. DWA responds:

    Python, I’ll guess Burmese.

  2. dinosuchus22 responds:

    That is an African Rock Python, Python sebae. They get about 20 ft long. Beautiful snakes

  3. pumpkingirl responds:

    Alright, I’ll bite… given the limited scope of the picture, I’m going to guess giant anaconda.

    Did I win the new car?

  4. YarriWarrior responds:

    African Rock Python (Python sebae)

  5. werewuf responds:

    Looks like my guitar strap. Python?

  6. shadowbob responds:

    Burmese Python

  7. suwalker responds:

    Is it a bull snake?

  8. PikeBigfoot responds:

    Burmese Python?

  9. Taylor Reints responds:

    Is it Python reticulatus, the reticulated python?

  10. Aztec Raptor responds:

    The snake is a Burmese Python

  11. Time213 responds:

    Burmese Python.

  12. Time213 responds:

    Ooops…. my apologies, jumped the gun too quick there. The correct answer is African Rock Python.

  13. doc_panda13 responds:

    Reticulated Python?

  14. mystery_man responds:

    I’m fairly certain that that is from a common boa constrictor. I used to own one as a pet and I am pretty positive that is what this is. Please let me know if I’m right.

  15. mystery_man responds:

    Oh right, species. boa constrictor. Yeah, the taxonomists were not having their most creative day when they named this one. 😉

  16. hellkat111 responds:

    Looks like a reticulated python.

  17. Cryptoheros67 responds:

    Looks like a Burmese Python to me. Python molurus bivittatus

  18. TimmyRyan65 responds:

    Boa Constrictor?

  19. teamsasquatch responds:

    The Tsuchinoko?? Hah have a good weekend!

  20. Loren Coleman responds:

    But is the skin of a South African python (also called a Natal rock python; Python sebae natalensis) or the African rock python (Python sebae sebae)?

    The Natal rock python may be the “Bi-Coloured-Python-Rock-Snake” of Kipling’s Just So Stories.

    It is intriguing that the African rock python’s type locality given is “America” — an obvious mistake. According to Loveridge (1936), no type locality was given. According to Stimson (1969), it was “Guiara, Brazil.”

    Feral specimens of Python sebae natalensis have been identified in North America in Presque Isle/Erie, Pennsylvania, in August 1901 and the Florida Everglades in the 1990s.

    See Chad Arment’s Boss Snakes for other possible appearances.

  21. Randyman responds:

    Hey! Those are my pants!

  22. Markoswan responds:

    Very obviously a coyote with mange.

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