Caribbean Crowing Snake

Unknown Snake of the West Indies.

Physical description: Length, 4 feet. Thick body. Dull ochre color with dark spots. Pale red pyramidal crest like a rooster. Scarlet wattles.

Behavior: Crows like a rooster. Eats poultry. Distribution: Eastern portion of Jamaica; Haiti.

Significant sightings: In 1829, a medical doctor saw a crested snake, dead and slightly decomposed, in Jamaica.

A snake with wattles was shot in Jamaica on March 30, 1850, by the son of Jasper Cargill.

Possible explanation: Vocalizing snakes are not unknown. See Crowing Crested Cobra.

Source: Philip Henry Gosse, The Romance of Natural History, Second Series (London: J. Nisbet, 1861), pp. 211-219.

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