Is the ‘Amazon snake cat’ real? All about the feline

Amazon snake cat

Twitter is a great place to get laughs, memes, and, recently… to discover new animal species. If you’ve been anywhere near the internet in mid-March 2023, you’ve seen a photo of a black and yellow feline dubbed the Amazon snake cat or, scientifically, Serpens catus. 

@Kamara2R on Twitter: “Serpens catus is the rarest species of feline on Earth. These animals live in hard to reach regions of the Amazon rainforest, and therefore, they are relatively poorly studied. The first images capturing the snake cat appeared only in 2020. Weighs up to 4 stone.”

The Amazon snake cat is a fake creation of the internet

The Amazon snake cat is not real – it is a creation of the internet. According to The New York Post, the colors on the Amazon snake cat resemble a snake called the gold-ringed cat snake or Boiga dendrophila. 

It’s called a cat snake because its vertical pupils look similar to cat pupils. The gold-ringed cat snake lives in the same areas where the fake Amazon snake cat reportedly lives. Boiga dendrophila is also found in southeast Asia.