European Flying Snake

Flying Reptile of Southern Europe.

Physical description: Length, 3—6 feet. Green, black, gray, or white. Sometimes said to have wings.

Behavior: Moves along the ground in a straight line. Emits a peculiar vocalization.

Distribution: Alpes-Maritimes Department, France; near Sarajevo, Bosnia; Bulgaria.

Significant sightings: In 1930 or 1931, a green snake with wings frightened the mother of André Mellira in a forest near La Bollène-Vésubie, Alpes-Maritimes Department, France.

In Bulgaria in the summer of 1947, Hazel Goksu surprised a group of snakes 3—6 feet long on a footpath. With a peculiar cry, they flew into the air 6—9 feet above the ground toward a spring and vanished behind some trees.

Sources: François de Sarre, "Are There Still Dragons in Southern France?" INFO Journal, no. 71 (Autumn 1994): 44-45; Izzet Goksu (letter), "Flying Snakes of Bulgaria," Fortean Times, no. 78 (December 1994-January 1995): 57; Karl Shuker, "Flying Snakes," Strange Magazine, no. 17 (Summer 1996): 26-27.

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