"If it weren't for the penis, human life would have ended with Adam and Eve. It seems strange that something so important is so funny-looking. I'm an author and journalist. Sometimes I write about funny things. Some of those funny things are penises." --Michael N. Marcus
Friday, April 24, 2015
Brazilian penis snake is neither a penis nor a snake and may not have a penis
A creature discovered by engineers building a dam in
the Amazon is a limbless amphibian that resembles a purplish human weenie.
The animal is a type of caecilian and
was discovered while draining a portion of the Madeira River — a major tributary
of the Amazon — for a controversial hydroelectric project. Six creatures were
found according to biologist Julian Tupan, who identified the species as
Little else is known about the species, although it
is thought to be aquatic and lacks lungs, breathing through its skin instead.
Others have been found near the mouth of the Amazon, more than 1,500 miles away. Caecilians are typically predators, feeding on small fish, worms, and
other aquatic invertebrates. They have poor eyesight and navigate primarily
Atretochoana eiselti is the largest known
caecilian, attaining a length of 32 inches, or more than twice the size
of the next-largest known species, and much longer than most human penises.