Cryptids are creatures not recognized by the scientific community or thought extincted, but believed to still exist today. Loch Ness, the ahool, the altamaha-ha and the grootslang are some examples of such beast. Among other reported cryptids are humanoids that resemble humans in anatomy. These creatures have two eyes, opposable thumbs, able to walk upright, and in some cases possessed a human like intelligence. Bigfoot, Mothman, Skunk Ape and the GoatMan are well-known cryptids within this category along with an infamous one called the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp.
This cryptid is said to inhabit the swampland near Lee County in South Carolina. The Lizard Man has been described as 7 ft tall, stocky and covered with dark hair and with scaly skin on its face, hands, and feet. The creature’s eyes are either glowing red or orange and has three-fingered webbed hands. Witness reported the Lizard Man is strong enough to rip into a car into shreds. The cryptid is believed part of race of reptilian humanoid that has resided on the earth for as long as humans as similar creatures been sighted through history
The Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp became known through a report made by 17-year-old Christopher Davis in the fall of 1987. In his account, Davis described encountering the creature while driving home at 2 AM on June 29, 1988. He stopped on a road to change a tire which had blown out where he heard a thumping noise from behind him. When Davis turned around to face the creature that then charged at him. The teenager got into his car to drive off, yet the cryptid tried to grab at the car and even jumped on the vehicle’s roof. While it clanged on, Davis swerved from side to side in an attempt to throw it off. After he returned home, he found the side-view mirror badly damaged, and scratch marks along the car’s roof.
After Davis sighting there were other reports of a large lizard-like creature witnessed around the swamps of Bishopville. Cars parked within the area been found with unusual scratches and bite marks. Local law enforcement officials were buffed by these sightings of the Lizard Man viewing the case with a mixture of concern and skepticism. The sheriff’s department made several plaster casts of what appeared to be three-toed footprints measuring some 14 inches in length. Plans to ship the casting over to the FBI for further analysis was cancelled after biologists advised them that they were unclassifiable.
The last sighting of the Lizard Man occurred on August 5 by Kenneth Orr, an airman stationed at the local air base. He filed a report with the police stating that he encountered the creature on the highway and he had shot and wounded it. Mr. Orr recanted his account two later after he was charged for unlawfully carrying a firearm, and filing a false police report. Kenneth mentioned he invented the sighting to keep stories going on about the Lizard Man.