Snake With A Leg Found in China

Posted by Charlie @ Discovering Mandarin Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Despite what I thought to be true and right, I posted this proverb the other day:

huà shé tiān zú
Draw a snake with legs

It is used when someone is doing too muc, completely ruining a situation by doing too much. However after finding this Snake with a leg growing out of it, one could be forgiven for 'trying to do too much' whilst attempting to show someone this talon-footed snake.

It almost looks like it is trying to evolve (a couple of thousand years late) into a crocodile.

The Telegraph reported:

Dean Qiongxiu, 66, said she discovered the reptile clinging to the wall of her bedroom with its talons in the middle of the night.

"I woke up and heard a strange scratching sound. I turned on the light and saw this monster working its way along the wall using his claw," said Mrs Duan of Suining, southwest China.

Mrs Duan said she was so scared she grabbed a shoe and beat the snake to death before preserving its body in a bottle of alcohol.

The snake – 16 inches long and the thickness of a little finger – is now being studied at the Life Sciences Department at China's West Normal University in Nanchang.

I for one would be interested to see the mutation of snakes with claws make real headway into the world, I think it would be more interesting than a snake, and funnier to watch than a lizard. But that could just be me... I get the feeling most people would probably beat it to death with their shoes like Mrs Duan.

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