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Other names: Ing'ondotuya , Lengolengole, Lingongole
Country reported: Zambia

The isiququmadevu is a cryptid reported from the Zambesi River in Central Africa. It is a Congo dinosaur similar to the mokele-mbembe.[1][2]

Etymology

Isiququmadevu is a Lozi word.[1]

Description

At 20 to 40 feet long, the isiququmadevu is described as being much larger than an elephant, with a snake's head on a long neck, and lizard-like legs. It is amphibious and dwells in swamps and rivers.[1]

Sightings

Undated

In the early 20th Century, King of Barotseland Lewanika was shown to a spot where a huge aquatic reptile had been seen, and saw a large space where the reeds had been flattened and a channel as large as a trek-wagon had been made in the mud.[1]

1925

In 1925 a river transport manager named V. Pare saw a 30 to 40 foot snakelike animal with a slate-grey head resting on a rock in the Zambesi near Victoria Falls. It disappeared into a deep cave.[1]

1960

E. C. Saunders saw two long-necked animals in the Zambesi in January 1960. He estimated that they were between 20 and 25 feet long, and wrote that they did not look like pythons.[1]

Theories

Bernard Heuvelmans speculated that an outsized African clawless otter could have been behind the 1925 sighting,[2] whilst George Eberhart writes that two rock pythons in coitus could explain Saunders' sighting.[1]

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Eberhart, George (2002) Mysterious Creatures: A Guide to Cryptozoology
  2. 2.0 2.1 Heuvelmans, Bernard (1978) Les derniers dragons d'Afrique