The giant Congo snake mystery in the Katanga region


In 1959, Remy Van Lierde served as a Colonel in the Belgian Air Force at the Kamina airbase in Belgian occupied Congo. In the Katanga region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, returning from a mission by helicopter, he reported having seen an enormous snake as he flew over the forests.

The giant Congo snake mystery

Van Lierde described the snake as being close to 50 feet in length, with a 2 feet wide by 3 feet long triangular head, which, if his estimations were accurate, would earn the creature a place amongst the largest snakes to have ever existed. Colonel Van Lierde described the snake as having dark green and brown top scales and a white-ish colored underside.

Upon sighting the reptile, he had the pilot turn around and make another pass. at which the serpent reared up the frontal ten feet of its body head as if to strike, giving him the opportunity to observe its white underbelly. However, after flying so low that Van Lierde believed it to have been within striking distance of his helicopter, he ordered the pilot to resume his journey, and so the creature was never properly documented, although some reports suggest that an onboard photographer managed to snap this shot of it.

What could it actually be?

The strange creature is believed to be either a massively oversized African rock python, a new species of snake entirely, or perhaps a descendant of the giant Eocene snake Gigantophis.

About Remy Van Lierde

Van Lierde was born on August 14th of 1915, in Overboelare, Belgium. He began his career in Belgian Airforce on September 16, 1935, as a fighter pilot who served during World War II in the Belgian and British Air Forces, shooting down six enemy aircraft and 44 V-1 flying bombs, and achieving the RAF rank of Squadron Leader.

Van Lierde was made Deputy Chief of Staff to the Ministre of Defense in 1954. In 1958 he became one of the first Belgians to break the sound barrier while test flying a Hawker Hunter at Dunsfold Aerodrome in England. He returned to the Belgian Air Force after the war and went on to hold several important commands before retiring in 1968. He died on June 8th of 1990.c

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