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Penis Snake Discovered In Brazil

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A group of engineers building a dam in the Amazon recently discovered an Atretochoana eiseltiis, better known as a caecilian, which some people might know as a limbless amphibian, but, let’s be honest, the creature pictured above is a penis snake.

Monga Bay reports that the strange creature was discovered while the Madeira River was being drained as part of a damn building project in Brazil’s Madeira River. Biologist Julian Tupan said that six penis snakes were found at the bottom of the river.

Tupan said:

“Of the six we collected, one died, three were released back into the wild and another two were kept for studies. Despite looking like snakes, they aren’t reptiles and are more closely related to salamanders and frogs. We think the animal breathes through its skin, and probably feeds on small fish and worms, but there is still nothing proven.The Amazon is a box of surprises when it comes to reptiles and amphibians. There are still much more to be discovered.”

The Digital Journal notes that the discovery was made last November but it was only announced this week after biologist deemed that it was a new species.

Informally, the new Amazon River dweller is being called a “floppy snake,” but media outlets are having a little fun coming up with names like penis snake and man-aconda.

penis snake

Anybody else have a good name for the Atretochoana eiseltiis?

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738 Responses to “Penis Snake Discovered In Brazil”

  1. Jared Colon

    call it the women eater? no wait how about the rabbit snake women would understand that one right? how about the Johnson snake lol.

  2. Wayne E. Zitkus

    Why not call it "Ronus jeremius" after Ron Jeremy?

  3. Shawn Clayton Franklin

    Theres alot more out there that we dont kno about or seen yet….people will shit there selves wen we do learn all the worlds secretes…lol…one never kno's…

  4. Kate Holden

    "Caecilians [constitute] a taxonomic order of entirely limbless species, many of which greatly resemble earthworms. Most are predominantly subterranean, fossorial species (although there are also some aquatic river-dwelling forms), and are rarely seen above-ground unless flushed out during rainfall. They inhabit wet tropical localities in Africa, Asia, and South America, feed principally upon insects and worms, and most are relatively small, but a few extra-large species also exist, growing up to 4 ft long and superficially similar in outward appearance to snakes.

    "One feature that all species share is a pair of lungs – or at least they did until 1968, or, to be exact, 1995; as will be seen, the history of the following ground-breaking species is nothing if not complicated. It began in 1968, when a notably large preserved specimen of caecilian originating from an unspecified location in South America became the type (and for a long time thereafter the only) specimen of a new species, which was formally christened Typhlonectes eiselti by Kansas University herpetologist Dr Edward H. Taylor in a major monograph entitled The Caecilians of the World.

    "Measuring 27.5 in long, this new species’ unique specimen was an adult female housed in the collections of Vienna’s Naturhistoriches Museum, but Taylor’s official description of it had been unusually brief, and concentrated primarily upon its external morphology. Not until the early 1990s did it attract any further scientific attention, even though it was on full public display inside a glass exhibition case at the museum during the intervening years. When it was finally re-examined, however, by zoologist Dr Ronald A. Nussbaum from Michigan University and Bristol University caecilian specialist Dr Mark Wilkinson, they closely investigated its internal form, which duly revealed a very remarkable and hitherto-unsuspected surprise – this large, enigmatic, but previously neglected caecilian was lungless.

    "Indeed, their discovery meant that T. eiselti was now the largest species of lungless tetrapod known to science, and was sufficiently removed from all other caecilians to require them to publish a major redescription of it, which appeared in 1995. Moreover, in their paper, they also created a new genus for it, renaming this radically disparate species Atretochoana eiselti, which highlighted the fact that even its choanae (internal nostrils) were sealed. It also totally lacked any pulmonary blood vessels. Clearly, therefore, this caecilian respired entirely through its skin (cutaneous respiration is also carried out by other caecilians, but only as a supplement to normal pulmonary respiration). Its cranium exhibited fundamental differences from that of other caecilians too. If only there were other examples of this extraordinary species to examine, but where to look? The provenance within South America of its one and only specimen was unknown.

    "Happily, in 1998, after 30 long years, a second specimen was finally recorded – documented by Wilkinson and three co-researchers – which was confirmed to have originated from a river in Brazil, but its precise location was unknown. Measuring 31.7 in (80.5 cm), it was longer than the first one but otherwise very similar in form. And that is where the remarkable history of A. eiselti comes to an end, at least for now, as no further specimens have been discovered.

    "What has been discovered, meanwhile, is a second species of lungless caecilian, and whereas A. eiselti is aquatic, this new one is land-based. Found in the scrub of Guyana’s Iwokrama Forest and described online in late 2009 (in hard-copy format in 2010), when it was formally named Caecilita iwokramae, it is the only member of a new genus and is much smaller than A. eiselti, its holotype only measuring 4.4 in long."

  5. Juliana Catanzaro

    lol @ scars… that thing just looks so gross not even about the name lol imagine sitting down and its right next to you chillin… lol like it doesnt even have a face

  6. Joseph Skulan

    Fine words from someone who has a filthy flag of treason on the wall behind him. Not only is there no place in America for such as you, there is no place in civilization.

  7. Melody Hopkins

    Please seek help before you take on any movie theaters.

  8. Andy Blacker

    Amen. Kevin seek therapy before your impending arrest!

  9. Andy Blacker

    Amen. Kevin seek therapy before your impending arrest!

  10. Jason Lürf

    You better hope that gun can find you anybody who wants to take you out from a buiilding window because a pistol only shows a bigot attitude not a Winchester M70 with a .300 Win-mag caliber loaded and a leopold scope through a window with your face in the lens', it wont be me that sees you I don't have a rifle I'm just saying, might want to think about moving out of MY country, I'm a democratic Liberal and I think every person with your views should be eradicated from the face of the planet. Seen the SS and FBI my regards.

  11. Jason Lürf

    You better hope that gun can find you anybody who wants to take you out from a buiilding window because a pistol only shows a bigot attitude not a Winchester M70 with a .300 Win-mag caliber loaded and a leopold scope through a window with your face in the lens', it wont be me that sees you I don't have a rifle I'm just saying, might want to think about moving out of MY country, I'm a democratic Liberal and I think every person with your views should be eradicated from the face of the planet. Seen the SS and FBI my regards.

  12. Sam Adams

    The Males have a distinctive brown ring around their neck,lol

  13. Johnathan Smitty

    These creatures are obviously Jewish since they are circumcised.

  14. Cody Haight

    Beener Cockskin…get it?…it rhymes with yours and….beener?…Like Brazilians are beeners like mexicans?…and its a cock and its skin looks gross?…ahhhh nevermind.

  15. Carl Curmudgeon

    How about naming it after the disgraced NY Congressman?

    You know. Anthony's Weiner…

  16. Dale Alidor

    @ Adriel San Juan – The Manaconda ate the Vagina frog

  17. Jun Alvin Dionaldo

    by the looks of it, it has been stripped of all its foreskin

  18. Coreen K. Smith

    Is that an atretochoana eiseltiis, or are you just glad to see me?

  19. Gabriel Newborn

    Threatening people with a gun doesn't make you less wrong. I know being ignorant and misled hurts, but don't lash out and makes threats at those who disagree with you. If you've got to resort to violence or threats to get people to agree with you, it just shows that your argument was never that good or smart in the first place.

  20. Dave Colbert

    Cool, but they really shouldn't be building the damn there in the first place. It's going to screw life up for alot of local people.

  21. Dave Colbert

    Cool, but they really shouldn't be building the damn there in the first place. It's going to screw life up for alot of local people.

  22. Dan Tomkins

    QOw, I am so glad that I don't live in a world where when the word penis is mentioned, or something looks like a penis, the first thing people think of is my name, LOL Clinton must be so proud, LOL

  23. Dan Tomkins

    QOw, I am so glad that I don't live in a world where when the word penis is mentioned, or something looks like a penis, the first thing people think of is my name, LOL Clinton must be so proud, LOL

  24. Raven Bloodmoon

    I think a nymphomaniac lost one of her/his dildos >.<

  25. Anonymous

    Crap I left my pants unzipped again in public blame thing keeps escaping. Now every girl will want one! Who says God doesn't have a sense of humor?

  26. Ant Mark Forster

    When I posted this pic on Sunday morning it was gone by Monday morning!?! The FB police must have deleted my thread.

  27. Max Jones

    Now if they discover a white one, it would more than likely be way smaller than this one.

  28. Eric Bronson

    Smart ass!! Stereotyping us whiteys….. bwahahaha!!!

  29. Cari Krauter

    If it bites it is non venomous-but you will possibly conceive……….:)

  30. Blaylar Cattery

    ROFLMAO!!! The story that accompanies the Penis Snake is even better!

  31. Trancis Francis Des Ruisseaux

    It's such a shame what they're doing to the Amazon Rain Forest… All for greed while more sustainable choices could be made… They will destroy a huge portion of the rain forest to make dams… while killing the most diverse fauna on the planet… They will kills tons of different animal species and destroy their habitats and the habitats of indigenous people. It's call the Rain Forest for a reason… This will bring more drought to the USA and it will affect the whole planet and warming it it even more… It's a huge mistake to destroy that part of the world for all of human kind. Watch: "Defending the River of The Amazon, with Sigourney Weaver" on yout*be.

  32. Ashley Moran Watson

    what the heck are you? an idiot? He copypasted from Wikipedia. Hurts you to read something that can help you understand this creature doesn't it?

  33. James Puchowski

    Bigus dickus would be appropriate ref. The Life of Brian.

  34. James Puchowski

    Bigus dickus would be appropriate ref. The Life of Brian.

  35. James Puchowski

    Bigus dickus would be appropriate ref. The Life of Brian.

  36. James Puchowski

    Bigus dickus would be appropriate ref. The Life of Brian.

  37. James Puchowski

    Bigus dickus would be appropriate ref. The Life of Brian.

  38. James Puchowski

    Bigus dickus would be appropriate ref. The Life of Brian.

  39. James Puchowski

    Bigus dickus would be appropriate ref. The Life of Brian.

  40. James Puchowski

    Bigus dickus would be appropriate ref. The Life of Brian.

  41. Matthew Fulkerson Glenn Woodley

    well brazillian men are very well hung LOL.

  42. Matthew Fulkerson Glenn Woodley

    well brazillian men are very well hung LOL.

  43. Matthew Fulkerson Glenn Woodley

    well brazillian men are very well hung LOL.

  44. Tato Chikovani

    ნოდარ მელაძე დაარქვით ნოდარ მელაძე.

  45. Tato Chikovani

    ნოდარ მელაძე დაარქვით ნოდარ მელაძე.

  46. Tato Chikovani

    ნოდარ მელაძე დაარქვით ნოდარ მელაძე.

  47. Tato Chikovani

    ნოდარ მელაძე დაარქვით ნოდარ მელაძე.

  48. Jason Melvin

    Yesssss. I want to keep one as a pet and build it a denim aquarium that unzips.

  49. Nikki Van Dusen

    I have a good name. How about "endangered"? As much as I'd like to indulge in all the penis jokes available to me at this time, is the fact that a new species was discovered when they drained a river to build a dam lost on everyone?

  50. Baia Pataraia

    ლოოოოლ რა ღდაობააა :))))))

  51. Trancis Francis Des Ruisseaux

    Not at all, I just want to make sure people are getting it since it had barely any coverage from mainstream media. Like that should be all I got!?!! I'm trying to make people aware of the danger to the human kind because obviously, too many, like you, don't get it! Watch the video.

  52. Jacques Maas

    great.. now can I have it back? had enough of people making fun of it all day..

  53. William Jackson

    errrrrr that for penis snake mmmmm wonder many errr someone is going order for errr s…;;x looks just like one kinda looks like used to look about 55 years ago , get my meaning heh hehhhahahahahahahahahah shit make me sad it don, t work any more damn old age makes a change keep living your will drawn up too , keep living.

  54. William Jackson

    errrrrr that for penis snake mmmmm wonder many errr someone is going order for errr s…;;x looks just like one kinda looks like used to look about 55 years ago , get my meaning heh hehhhahahahahahahahahah shit make me sad it don, t work any more damn old age makes a change keep living your will drawn up too , keep living.

  55. Anonymous

    Agh… Somebody call Ron Jeremy and tell him he forgot something in brazil.

  56. Rick Son

    If I knew I was going to live this long I'd a took better care of myself!

  57. Alan Mitchell

    I see this one is going to be a favorite in a few years in the Pet stores…

  58. Pamela Nardozzi-Ferguson

    Jesse I'm so afraid to ask what you think it is lol

  59. Pamela Nardozzi-Ferguson

    Jesse I'm so afraid to ask what you think it is

  60. Pamela Nardozzi-Ferguson

    Lmao….I knew you were come with something funny as hell

  61. Aaron-Linda Capron

    I can see it now! New toy now at adult stores! The penis snake!

  62. Aaron-Linda Capron

    I wonder what would happen if you slipped this snake a viagara????? lol

  63. Simon Zalar

    This animal must be closely related to Proteus which lives in carstic caves in Slovenia, Croatia and other countries.

  64. Harvey Lain

    I hear Perez Hilton has already put in an order for one hundred of them.

  65. Ronnda Manzo

    LOL isn't that amazingly ODD! I want to see what a snatcharoo looks like! lol

  66. Linda York

    Dave,I saw this article the yesturday. Not hard to figure out why it is called that! lol

  67. Tricia Tan

    Wow, it looks scary & it actually looks like a penis! Even though I'm female, seeing this, I could understand what guys mean when they talk about penis Envy! LOL, Watch out Guys, these penis snakes may one day out size your jewels! LoL…

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  69. Madson Barbosa

    Uh friend is Brazil's rainforest. They do what they want with it. You didn't see Brazil talking crap to America and all its constant destruction to its own forests. Also unless you live in a mud hut yourself without harming any of the world around you. I suggest you keep your silly first world better than thou attitude to yourself. Let countries deal with their land as they want. Species live and die that's life. Try to place your energy on fixing America first before you try to tackle the world. No one will be inspired to listen to you while your backyard creates worst crap then others.

  70. Trancis Francis Des Ruisseaux

    What makes you think I'm American? I am not… Some things are too late to fix while others can be prevented… This whole we don't care for the world because a profit can be made attitude will destroy the world… I voice my concern as a citizen of this planet… And if you educate yourself, some people who's livelihood are at stake are more than happy to live in mud huts… it's much better to live with nature than in a McDonald world who will make you fat and unhealthy. Again, Watch "Defending the river of the amazon with Sigourney Weaver… It's very well explained. Cheers!

  71. Larocco Porch

    how about calling it a Softwood snake, or maybe a Cock snake? I could do this all day lol!

  72. Madson Barbosa

    I dont deny that we shouldn't harm the planet. But human growth is inevitable. You can look at statics that show Brazil is the greenest country of its class. So they try their best. However we live in a world with different views. Not everyone agrees on the global warming theory. So the government has to accommodate those as well. I would rather not watch a movie with an American actor telling me what Brazilians should do with their land. People are smart enough these days to know what they're doing and its side effects. no one is blind to it. It depends on how much side effect they think it causes. Its up to science to convince them otherwise. It hasn't done that so people will continue doing what they do.

  73. Trancis Francis Des Ruisseaux

    Madson Barbosa … Human growth is inevitable… there is a sustainable way to attain it. A way that will bring good to all of Brazil and the rest of the world.

  74. Karen Leffert

    I think it looks more like a sock puppet. You want to see an animal that looks like a penis (and why wouldn't you) take a look at the gueduc clam.

  75. Steve Thompson

    That is officially the most disgusting-looking living creature.
    I've ever seen. And probably will be for a long time.
    Please don't let its official name be "Penis Snake". It looks more.
    like a slug anyway.

  76. Mimi RunswithScissors Heft

    Puts a new spin on, "I caught one *this* big, but it got away!" Yeah, sure, *that* big…

  77. Shenandoah Harris

    one of many reasons you only friend alumni on fb…………….

  78. Jimmy Gunn

    I didn't post it, Peter … I only commented…. Still, sorry… and – as creepy as it is — it's also pretty hilarious, ya gotta admit….

  79. Peter Bliznick

    I think its hilarious also…looks like it might be uncircumsized. Not that it matters or anything but I wonder how thick and long it is. The blade of grass doesn't give me a good frame of reference. LOL

  80. Shawn Thepitbull Brown

    Be careful ppl. If you touch it, it'll swell and spit at cha lol "in my Steve Irwin voice" Rip Steve

  81. Anonymous

    I heard FRED WILLIS was petting his snake in that movie theater. Who Knew? So, in HONOR of Fred Willis: I hereby propose to name this species ' Blind Willy" or fridericus Masterbatum" or "The Love Slug".

  82. Susan Oldaker

    The critical missing-link…proof that the penis did come before the man we always knew the penis the brain!!

  83. Thelma X-files

    I don't believe,, there is such snake,, look like this,,, actually,, I don't care,,,,

  84. Thelma X-files

    I don't believe,, there is such snake,, look like this,,, actually,, I don't care,,,,

  85. Thelma X-files

    I don't believe,, there is such snake,, look like this,,, actually,, I don't care,,,,

  86. Anonymous

    That's nothing! I was on an archeological dig in South America and discovered the remains of the famed Slapahoe tribe.

  87. Anonymous

    That's nothing! I was on an archeological dig in South America and discovered the remains of the famed Slapahoe tribe.

  88. Anonymous

    That's nothing! I was on an archeological dig in South America and discovered the remains of the famed Slapahoe tribe.

  89. Anonymous

    That's nothing! I was on an archeological dig in South America and discovered the remains of the famed Slapahoe tribe.

  90. Anonymous

    That's nothing! I was on an archeological dig in South America and discovered the remains of the famed Slapahoe tribe.

  91. Anonymous

    That's nothing! I was on an archeological dig in South America and discovered the remains of the famed Slapahoe tribe.

  92. Jim Godwin

    Just what the world needs – a penis with a brain.
    On the flip side, it's sex organs look amazingly like a male human head.

  93. Jim Godwin

    No offense here but if you're a male and you got an erection looking at this you're probably not heterosexual.

  94. Melissa Pierantoni

    Biggest mistake going to that page and seeing that picture……

  95. Precy Brozas Varilla

    ROFL! This looks digusting, though.hahahaha! Imagine sitting under a tree and you suddenly take notice of it chilling beside you. LOL! I'm waiting for its counterpart to be discovered. A frog maybe?;)).

  96. Joyce Terrell Linder

    There is just so much I could say about this…….

  97. Jason Insertlaastnaamehere

    my penis looks nothing like this monstrosity.

  98. Anonymous

    If there are six sets of balls at the bottom of that river, people should start to wonder! Is Lorena Bobbit in town?

  99. Edward Emerling

    We can't let women know these things are growing wild now.

  100. Anonymous

    Possibly, many women & gay-men would like to have the creature as pet. Instead vib…

  101. Jared Trump

    so that's where the Japanese got the idea for tentacle monster hentai xD

  102. Stacey Scott-Spland

    Have mercy Jesus please keep this away from all the sickos that practice beastiality! OMG!

  103. Jaime Brooks

    some were kept for studies? Why not leave the poor things alone?

  104. William Wallace

    That's not a snake, that's my penis. I have been looking all over for that dam thing. Could have used it last night, I had this real drunk chick. Most girls who see it sober freak out.

  105. Mark S. Schroeder

    Can you imagine finding one of these underneath the covers on a lonely night?

  106. Jesse Merchant III

    Odd no eyes no gills I would like to know how does it find food or mate? Interesting

  107. M Marie McVey

    Wow…is that a smile on its face? Uh…that IS its face, right?

  108. Albert SinControl Dominguez

    Sadly this species is closer in connection to a Salamander but I guess labeling it the Penis snake will get the attention of most online surfers, especially women, they have this thing with Big Thick Things. No Pun intended.

  109. Anonymous

    Originally it must have been a "dam" building project, but this time the author got it right. It's a DAMN! building project!

  110. Julia van Proosdij

    gedver! Voor my reden genoeg Om Nooit naar brazilie te gaan!

  111. Julia van Proosdij

    gedver! Voor my reden genoeg Om Nooit naar brazilie te gaan!

  112. Julia van Proosdij

    Hahaha ik geloof niet in het paradijs maar wel in evolutie: omg penisses dont need men attached anymore!

  113. Rick Lines

    if your Johnson looks like this, I would say get to a doctor right away. You have some serious problems and should stop tapping that strange in the swamp. This does not look like a penis.

  114. Davita Greer-Ferguson

    Hmmmm? How many lonely women are going to go catch themselves a penis snake?

  115. Kim Lee

    lol u are crazy…not to worrie..its probly one that was cut off by some woman and threw in the lake and it lived on its own..hopeing and waiting for a vagina to float by..id name it the… lonely wolley

  116. Drew Chapman

    Sometimes you just have to put it out on the table, and show'em what you got.

  117. Blesilda M Occeña

    Just like a penis. Does it have eyes to see? Does it bite also? amazing…

  118. Jesse Nelson

    Puts a whole new meaning to the phrase: "My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns, hun."