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Are all featherless long tails created equal? The fiery flying serpent of the Old Testament may not be the same species as the ropen of Papua New Guinea, but it appears to be the same basic kind of flying creature. Both are associated with the snake and with flying. The Biblical “fiery” could very well be an ancient designation related to the bright glow of the nocturnal ropen. The giant nocturnal flyer on Umboi Island, however, does not have a reputation for regularly killing people.    
How does the modern ropen relate to the fiery flying serpent of the Old Testament?
The Fiery Flying Serpent
Rhamphorhynchoid Pterosaurs Living Today 
Searching for Ropens and Finding Godshocking nonfiction: living members of the Rhamphorhynchoidea suborder, yes alive
Rhamphorhynchoid pterosaurs are well known from fossils: long-tailed, with a particular head-neck-spine conformity unlike the average Pterodactyloid. If the fossils were really all we had to go by, members of the Rhamphorhynchoidea suborder would be consistantly small; but modern versions of those long-tailed pterosaurs can be almost any size, and that means a few are huge: bigger than fossils yet discovered. So what would ancient people think about a bioluminescent flying creature like the ropen? What could glow at night with no fire? Any creature like that could be labeled “fiery.”
Garth Guessman (left) interviewed the World War II veteran Duane Hodgkinson in Montana, in 2005. The veteran made it clear that he really did see the huge long-tailed flying creature in New Guinea in 1944.
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Patty Carson saw a long-tailed featherless flying creature at the Guantanamo Bay military station in Cuba, around 1965.
Patty Carson’s sketch of the ropen she saw Some cryptozoologists say it is related to the fiery flying serpent of the Bible.
The U.S. Marine Eskin Kuhn also saw a featherless flying creature with a long tail; in fact he saw two of them, and at that same area of Cuba: Guantanamo Bay.
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