VIDEO: Penis Snake? Bizarre New Species Discovered in Brazil Looks Like... Well... 

By Anthony Smith on August 9, 2012 3:03 PM EDT

Looks like your eleventh grade English teacher was right about what snakes represent.

A group of hydro-engineers tasked with a building a dam in the Amazon recently unearthed a new species of caecilian, or "limbless amphibian" for those of us who are more used to seeing those. It's called the Atretochoana Eiseltis officially by scientists. For those of us who are laymen, and we mean immature laymen at that, the media have another name for it: the penis snake, due to its very strong (and obvious!) resemblance to that popular piece of male anatomy.

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The Monga Bay journal reports that the bizarre new species of amphibian was discovered in the process of draining the Madeira River in the ongoing project through which Brazilian hydro-engineers are building a dam. Local biologist Julian Tapan went on the record as saying that six atertochoana eiseltis penis snakes were discovered at the very bottom of the river.

Tupan continued, "Of the six we collected, one died, three were released back into the wild and another two were kept for studies.Despite looking like snakes, they aren't reptiles and are more closely related to salamanders and frogs. We think the animal breathes through its skin, and probably feeds on small fish and worms, but there is still nothing proven. The Amazon is a box of surprises when it comes to reptiles and amphibians. There are still much more to be discovered."

Though the discovery of the atertochoana eiseltis penis snake was made as long ago as last November, it's only catching fire now as biologists have just confirmed that the media-termed penis snake is, in fact, a new species of amphibian.

Other immature names for the new creature include the floppy snake and the man-aconda.

Here's some cool video. I'm not sure if this counts as NSFW or not:

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