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Friday, December 04, 2009

MIKE AND GREG WARNER: Major Minhocao/Yacumama Event November 2009

Hi Jon

Here is the report we promised of the giant snake event at Juan Pablo, last month. The full report and photos can be found on our site where we have just finished publishing this important event.

AH Juan Pablo Event November 2009, Iquitos, Peru

This news was received from our friend and co-researcher in the Amazon on the Friday 13th November! We sent him in the next day to get first hand photos and eye-witness accounts of the event from the locals in the settlement of AH Juan Pablo on the edge of the jungle city of Iquitos (where our expedition base was in March 2009). This event took place only 1.3KM from the Moronococha event which we reported in June 2009 where a giant black boa dragged a floating island across a lake to destroy a house (on stilts). This gives the evidence provenance.
The Moronocha account can also be found on this page.

We have already published our connection between the Sachamama (mother of the earth), Yacumama (mother of the water) and the Minochao stating that we believe these all to be the same animal, a giant black snake, known for its burrowing behaviour and propensity to leave large channels and trenches in its habitat.

It turned out that the photographers from El Popular newspaper went in the day of the event (which was 5 days before the publishing date) and we were able to obtain their photos and add to them to those we commissioned privately 3 days later on Monday 16th November.
We believe that this is the first time that a Minhocao 'trench' has been photographed and released to the world.

The story started here:

El Popular Newspaper, Iquitos, Amazon, Peru 13th November 2009 (TRANSLATION)


"Dwellers are afraid at AH Juan Pablo de la Luz in the district of San Juan Buastist
a, because they are sure that a giant boa is round the area.

When heavy rains were falling, the neighbours said they heard sounds similar to those of a tractor, but no one dared to leave their house to see what it was.

In the morning there was a track 20 meters long and 5 wide, enough proof for the people of the presence of a boa who now fear for their lives."

AH Juan Pablo

Photo 1, Day1:
The snake comes up from the ground in a grass field on the edge of the settlement.

For the full report and all the photos follow the link below:


"The Giant Anaconda & Other Inland Sea Serpents" chapter 13 of Bernard Heuvelmans "On the Track of Unknown Animals" Bernard Heuvelmans makes many references to similar events that were witnessed at AH Juan Pablo. Some of these include:

Fritz Muller (1821-1897)
Francisco de Amaral Varella
Friedrich Kelling
Emil Odebrecht
Antonio Jose Branco (early 1860s)

The last report we can find of such an event is in the early 1960s.


Mike & Greg Warner

December 3rd, 2009


Dale Drinnon said...

The reports seem to indicate that the creature otherwise known as The Black Boa is involved in cases attributed to Minhocao activity, but there has been a long lull of at least a century between outbreaks of reports. The Black Boa is reported in the Chaco region and the Madidi as being a thick black snake, as long as a regular anaconda but at least twice as wide.

What these Peruvian reports are describing seems to be bigger than that.

The trouble is, the Minhocao and its alter-ego "The Mysterious Beast" appear to include reports of several different things not snakes, including what sounds like a very large catfish and possibly a very large crocodile (Each separately reported elsewhere in South America also)The Croc would be the one makling the larger excavations, although there is no good cause for ruling out the Blaxck Boa burrowing otherwise. The main thing about all of these cryptids is that they are amphibious, not all of them are seen well enough to give an accurate identification.

shiva said...

My favourite theory about the Minhocao is that it is a giant Caecilian.

There is a very bizarre species of caecilian called Atretochoana that is only known from 2 specimens, both from unknown locations somewhere in South America, and is the largest known lungless tetrapod (the others are an Asian frog and a few North American salamanders). While Atretochoana is only about 70-80cm long, its lack of lungs makes me wonder - what if it's actually a larval stage, and the adult is *much* bigger?

Anonymous said...

This is stating the obvious but there is one minor detail the Warners avoid drawing attention to :- nobody actually saw anything.
Again the cryptid in question manages to leave it's channels during torrential rain which (purely coincidentally of course)happens to be doing that too.
There is a third explanation, backed up by witness aural evidence - a tractor.
Are they really trying to convince us that these cryptid's channels are something different from natural rain channels? Since when did either snakes or caecilians mimic tractors?
The proposed existence of the minhocao rests on about 3 alleged sightings from the mid 19th century and nothing since.The incident the Warners describe wasn't even a sighting.
this is taking the notion that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence just a bit far.
Anyway I'm off up to my allotment to dig for pangolins.