An A-Z Guide to the Weirdest Creatures on Earth
By Cole Daniels
Every culture in the world has a history of serpent people—reptilian or lizardlike humanoid creatures—in its folklore. The Yaqui of Mexico have their Snake Men. The Hopi have the Lizard People. The Chinese had the Dragon Kings. The Greeks had Glycon, a snake god with the head of a man, while the ancient Egyptians had Set, the serpent god. Early Judaism and Christianity put the serpent in the garden on his own two feet, and the Hindus had the Naga, a reptilian race that lived underground and warred with humanity. The Zulu in Africa have legends of a race of lizard people called Chitahuri or Chitauri who secretly rule the world. Nobody knows why this idea is universal across human history, or why snakes are so universally reviled as the source of all evil because of it.
From the earliest days of civilization, human beings have feared these creatures. But while mainstream science is ready to consign the Serpent People to the dustbin of myth and legend, there are indications that the lizards themselves haven’t gotten the memo.
If eyewitnesses and conspiracy theorists are to be believed, the Lizard People are still among us. Reports of reptilian humanoids range from Florida to as far north as Canada. There’s the Gatorman of New Jersey, the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp, the Loveland Frogman, and the Thetis Monster, to name a few. But these Bigfoot-like monsters are nowhere near as frightening as the alien-human Reptilians (or Reptoids) who allegedly control the world through a global secret society.
Lifelong researcher of the paranormal John Keel believed that there was a race of lizard-like humanoids who predated early man and appeared to our cave-dwelling ancestors as both gods and devils. Keel believed these beings were technologically advanced and often used humans for their own ends.
More importantly, Keel believed that the lizard people were still around:
“The parahuman Serpent People of the past are still among us,” he wrote. “They were probably worshipped by the builders of Stonehenge and the forgotten ridge-making cultures of South America.”[i]
The lizard man who showed up in South Carolina in 1988 wasn’t very civilized, however.
Christopher Davis, then 17, described a seven foot tall monster with scales, fangs and claws that attacked him in Scape Ore Swamp, South Carolina. He said it attempted to tear its way into his car and jumped on the roof as he drove away in panic. Davis said the thing managed to run alongside his car at speeds up to 40 MPH. Scratches and bite marks were found for several months on other cars near the swamp.
Tracks were found, but state wildlife officials called them fakes.
Still, the sightings continue, with the most recent report from 2008, when a couple found a dead cow and coyote in a field – along with big claw marks on their car. Officials said the claw and bite marks were done by a dog. But longtime investigators of deep weirdness know that the authorities always have a cover story.
There might be a connection – however tenuous – between the Lizard Men of the swamps with the town of Innsmouth, Massachusetts. Now largely forgotten and absorbed into larger communities on the coast, Innsmouth was a hotspot of “fish-men” sightings in the Roaring Twenties. This brought some unwelcome attention to the town fathers, who were revealed to be deep into the bootlegging business, importing Canadian beer and whiskey by fishing boat. The Treasury Department, including a young Elliot Ness before his “Untouchable” days in Chicago, raided the entire waterfront in 1928. The locals were well-armed, and most of the town ended up dead or in jail. Later, government officials said the fish-man sightings were probably just skin-divers who brought the illegal booze from boats to the shore at night. Innsmouth was more or less abandoned after the raid. But several members of the Marsh family – the town founders who were named as the biggest players in the smuggling operation – vanished. Rumors put several of them in the deep South, including some of the areas haunted by lizard men. Who knows? Maybe the Marshes brought the creatures with them when they went on the run.
The colder, northern climates are best known for Bigfoot, but there are a couple lizard men encroaching on his turf, too. The Thetis Lake Monster of British Columbia, is said to look a lot like the creature from Scape Ore Swamp, and the Loveland Frog of Ohio, is supposed to be a humanoid frog-man who’s a little shorter than his cousins at about four to five feet tall.
Lizard men have also been sighted in California, Louisiana, Georgia and North Carolina.[ii]
The Lizard People also apparently had a secret underground city beneath – where else? – Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Times reported in 1934 on an engineer named G. Warren Shufelt who disappeared into a mining shaft below the city in search of an ancient Hopi legend. “This network of tunnels formed the lost Lizard City, according to Shufelt and the legend,” the article states. The city was laid out like a lizard, according to Shufelt’s maps, and was filled with golden treasures. If the city was there, the paper never followed up. Shufelt was never heard from again after he went down the shaft.[iii]
Maybe the Lizard People weren’t quite dead yet. In Colorado during the Depression, a number of witnesses claimed to have seen man-sized, bipedal, dinosaur-like lizards. One was supposedly exhibited in a farmer’s barn for several days after it was shot and killed. Whether or not this is related to the “serpent people” legends of the local Hopi Indian tribes is unknown.[iv]
Perhaps the least surprising place to find slimy, serpent-like humanoids is in politics. Several conspiracy theorists have advanced a theory that blood-drinking, alien-spawned “Reptoids” have been running the world since the Dark Ages, with members ranging from the British Royal Family to the President of the United States.
The leading advocate and author of this theory is David Icke, whose previous career as a TV host led to hunting blood-drinking lizards disguised as humans.
Icke’s theory is long and convoluted, ranging from the Illuminati to the Rothschilds to the International Zionists, but it comes down to one thing: fear. According to Icke, the Reptilians are actually creating chaos in the world to feed off the negative human emotions that result. Pretty much every evil thing you can imagine is the Reptilians fault. The end goal: a captive human population controlled by microchips. “These are real blood-drinking bloodlines, people,” Icke says.[v]
As with most unknown creatures, no one has ever presented any actual, physical evidence of lizard people. But the conspiracy theorists would say that just proves there’s a cover-up. Who knows? Maybe the dinosaurs only let us think they went extinct.
[i] Keel, John A. Our Haunted Planet. Connecticut. Fawcett. 1968.
[ii] Coleman, Loren. Mothman and Other Curious Encounters. New York. Paraview Press. 2002
[iii] Bosquet, Jean. “Lizard People’s Catacomb City Hunted.” Los Angeles Times Jan. 29 1934: A1.
[iv] Arment, Chad, Ed. Cryptozoology and the Investigation of Lesser-Known Mystery Animals. Pennsylvania. Coachwhip Press. 2006.
[v] Nathaniel Page. “They Vote To Suck Your Blood.” LA City Beat March 19-25, 2009: 8-9.