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Snake With Foot, Beaten to Death with Shoe

DiscoblogBy Brett IsraelSep 15, 2009 6:31 PM

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A snake with a single clawed foot growing out of its side was reportedly discovered in the bedroom of a 66-year old woman in Southwest China. The London Telegraph has a photo and an account of the woman's hospitality toward the talon-ed serpent:

"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 16-inch long snake is now being studied by scientists to determine the cause of the bizzaro mutation. However, if sci-fi horror-comedies are any indication, let's hope it's not from pouring formaldehyde down the sink. Related Content: Discoblog: "Spitting Cobras" Don't Really Spit After All 80beats: Fangs Came From One Ancestor DISCOVER: Jared Diamond on Dining With the Snakes DISCOVER: The Magician and the Rattlesnake

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