The Mystery of the Giant Snakes of Japan Is Yet To Be Explained

Snakes have always been a subject of fear and mystery. Associated with evil, snakes though are extremely misunderstood. But there is no mistaking the fact that snakes have also been the subject of legends where monstrous terrifying serpents have been known in folklore to haunt the remote swamps and jungles of the world. One of the most terrifying legends surrounding snakes isn’t the fact of the giant anaconda but the mysterious giant snakes of Japan.

Ancient Japanese legends speak of a terrifying monster serpent that could devour dogs and humans. It was known as Uwaba-mi or yamakachi. Rarely seen but extremely feared by villagers, only Samurai warriors were sent to deal with such creatures which they sometimes captured alive and sold for money. One witness described how he had seen a gigantic light green snake slithering around its surroundings. Such incidents have also been reported in this modern day where the most famous incident occurred near Mt Tsurugi.

1 The first known reports of giant snakes

Located in the Tsurugi Quasi National Park in the Tokushima prefecture, Mt Tsurugi is steeped in legend and associated with paranormal activity. Forest workers working on the mountain on May 26th 1973 claimed they had seen a snake that was 10meters long (33 ft). It also made a chirping noise while slithering away in the foliage. There were also reports of locals having spotted snakes of varying lengths upto 36 feet in the surrounding area.

Officials acting on the reports launched an expedition in June to find the giant snakes. Unfortunately they did not locate the snake but they did happen to see its tracks that stretched across weeds and flattened bush. Snake experts confirmed that it was tracks left buy a giant slithering snake. A local museum also claimed to possess a jawbone of a snake which measured 13 inches wide although critics have dismissed it as a disguised jaw bone of a shark.

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