Country reported: Algeria

The Algerian hairy viper was a cryptid reported from Algeria once, in January 1852.[1][2] It "resembled an enormous caterpillar, and was of a brownish-red colour; its length was about twenty-two inches. The moment it saw that it was observed, it glided into the brushwood, and all attempts to discover it were unavailing". The Museum of Natural History in Paris sent out their agents in Algiers to capture the animal, but it was never seen again.[1] Karl Shuker suggests that it may indeed have been a large caterpillar,[2] although none so large are known.[1] It was seen near Drariah, now a suburb of Algiers.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Shuker, Karl (2014) The Beasts That Hide from Man
  2. 2.0 2.1 Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology