FLYING REPTILE of South Africa.
Variant name: Noya a thaba.
Physical description: Length, 9–25 feet. Yellow,
black, or brown with light spots. Rumored
to change colors like a chameleon. Large head,
with a luminous or reflective spot on a caplike
structure. May also have a pair of backwardcurving
horns. Inflated neck. Batlike wings.
Wingspan, 30 feet.
Behavior: Hurls itself down hills, making a
loud roaring sound. Said to be capable of sustained
flight, not only gliding. Smells like tar or
Tracks: Serpentine, showing the marks of
Distribution: Karas Region, Namibia; Drakensberg,
Significant sightings: In January 1942, Michael
Esterhuise was tending sheep near Keetmanshoop, Namibia, when he saw a large snake
launch itself down a rocky ledge into his flock.
He encountered the snake on two later occasions.
Marcus Oarum ran into a snake gliding down
the Drakensberg Mountains in 1985.
(1) Unknown African species of Golden tree
snake (Chrysopelea ornata), a colubrid snake
of Southeast Asia that jumps from tree to
tree by gliding.
(2) Alleged skulls of this flying snake found
in 1988 turned out to be the pelvic bones of
Ostriches (Struthio camelus).