Other names: Sierpe
Country reported: The Bahamas

Columbus' serpent was a cryptid reported from Crooked Island in what is now The Bahamas in 1492. On 21 October of that year, some men under Christopher Columbus' killed a 5 foot long "snake" which was living in a freshwater lagoon. Martin Alonso Pinzón of the Pinta killed another the next day, and planned to skin it, but never did.[1]

It was long thought to have been an iguana instead of a snake, but these lizards rarely enter water, and are not known from the island, even in fossil form. Excavations at a village on the island visited by Columbus later found the femur of an American crocodile.[1]

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