Ricky Rodson is an experienced cryptozoologist with several published books on the subjects of zoology, cryptozoology, and mythical beasts.
Top 10 Ohio Cryptids
Strange creatures, known as cryptids, are believed to exist all over the world. But with there being so many of them in existence, it can be hard to locate the ones that live close to you. Because of this, I decided to make a list of cryptids you might find in Ohio. And just because our list only contains creatures from the Buckeye State, does not mean you won't find all sorts of strange creatures. Ohio is the home of everything from the Loveland Frogman to the world-famous Mothman.
Our List of Cryptids Living in Ohio
- Loveland Frogman
- Cedar Bog Monster
- Charles Mills Lake Monster
- Crosswick Monster
- Peninsula Python
- Lake Erie Monster
1. Loveland FrogMan
The Loveland Frogman is a large humanoid frog-like cryptid that has been seen numerous times in and around Loveland, Ohio. The strange creature was described as being almost four feet tall with slimy green skin. In 1972, the police reported to have sighted an animal matching the appearance of the Loveland Frog but it escaped. A newer sighting was reported in 2016. However, after it was reported, a different police officer claimed to have killed the Loveland Frog a few weeks after the original appearance and said it was nothing more than a large tailless iguana. But with so much time passing, it is hard to tell if this is true. Local citizens tend to believe the beast is still out there.
2. Cedar Bog Monster
The Cedar Bog Monster, or Bigfoot of Ohio, is a large and legendary cryptid believed to be stalking the wetlands of Cedar Bog, Ohio. The story says that in 1945, three teenagers went to hang out in the bog only to never be seen again. Their disappearance has been credited to the monster's ability to tear its victims limb from limb, making it one of the more terrifying Ohio Cryptids. The Bog Monster is said to be over seven feet tall, covered from head to toe in thick white fur, and to have glowing red eyes. But aside from its fearsome appearance, people that have seen it say the most disturbing thing about the creature is its foul smell.
3. Charles Mills Lake Monster
The Lake Monster of Charles Mills is not your typical sea serpent. Contrary to your Loch Ness looking lake monster, this creature is said to appear more humanoid in nature. It is believed to be around seven or eight feet tall with glowing green eyes, and large "scuba gear"-sized webbed feet. What makes this bipedal cryptid even weirder is that it is said to have no arms. The first appearance of this strange aquatic monster happened in 1959 when three young men came face to face with it as it emerged from the lake. As seen within this list of the top ten cryptids in Ohio, Ohio's wetlands are the perfect place for all sorts of aquatic abnormalities like this to exist.
The Dogman is a mysteriously hard-to-find cryptid that has never been caught on camera but has been sighted as recently as 2010. Legends of the beast go all the way back to 1887 when a pair of lumberjacks came across the Beast while walking in the woods. Most stories involving the Dogman describe him to be timid and passive but Ohio residents still fear running into the creature on dark nights. While most people shrug the Dogman off as a Bigfoot knockoff, stories and sightings of dog-like creatures have been told all around the world, which lends some credibility to the story.
The story of the Ohio Mothman goes all the way back to November 12, 1966. On this night, five workers digging a hole in West Virginia claimed to have seen a man-like creature flying over their heads. Since this time all sorts of additional sightings have been reported, from dark flying shadows to attacks from unknown creatures. The Mothman himself is said to stand almost seven feet tall and to have a set of massive wings protruding from its back which allow it to fly. Due to its popularity, Point Pleasant holds an annual festival in the Mothman's honor that draws thousands of visitors.
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A Pukwudgie, which translates to, "little wild man of the woods that vanishes," is a legendary human-like cryptid that is mostly found in Delaware but has also been seen in Ohio on several occasions. The strange little creatures are believed to be almost three feet tall with large ears and grey skins. These mean-spirited tricksters are known to harass and even kill humans when disturbed They are believed to be capable of shapeshifting along with all sorts of other magical abilities making them extremely hard to spot. Native American folklore says that the Pukwudgie were once friendly towards humans, but have begun to hate us for unknown reasons. Due to their popularity, the Pukwudgie were added to Harry Potter lore as one of the four houses in the American school of magic.
7. Crosswick Monster
The Crosswick Snake Monster is a scary Ohio Cryptid known to be stalking the wetlands of Waynesville, Ohio, since May 1882. Since that date, the gruesome-looking creature has shown itself countless times, with over 60 people seeing it on one occasion. The Crosswick Monster is said to have a forked tongue and to be just shy of 15 feet long while covered with white and black scales containing yellow spots. Because of this description, most cryptozoologists believe it to be nothing more than a monitor lizard or Komodo Dragon that escaped, but no one seems completely convinced of that explanation either.
8. Peninsula Python
The Peninsula Python is an enormous snake believed to live in Northeastern Ohio. According to local legend, the snake grew to its large size after an unknown chemical was spilled in a once-thriving community of the peninsula it calls home. After all the residences moved, the snake was left to grow uninhibited by outside interference. Now, the mutated snake sulks around the peninsula raiding henhouses while continuing to grow. It is believed the snake is almost 20 feet in length with its diameters being the same width as a truck's tire tracks. Who knows when, and if, a creature of this origin will ever die.
The Ohio Grassman is a bipedal ape-like creature, similar to Bigfoot, that is known to live and hunt in the woods of Ohio since the late 1700s. One thing, that makes this species of sasquatch different is that it is known to be extremely aggressive, unlike the Yeti or Bigfoot which like to remain unseen. This violent cryptid is said to have deep orange eyes, long pole-like arms, and brownish-reddish fur that always appears dirty. The Grassman has become so popular over the last few years that the television show, Monsterquest, dedicated an episode to it.
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10. Lake Erie Monster
The Lake Erie Monster, more affectionally known as Bessie, is a large and mysterious creature that inhabits the waters of Lake Erie. The first officially recorded appearance of Bessie occurred in 1817, but the oldest known sighting of the creature dates back to 1793. A captain of a ship noticed an extremely large snake-like monster while hunting birds around the shores of Sandusky, Ohio. Since this time, the Lake Erie Monster has continued to grow in popularity with sports teams being named after it and statues being erected in its honor. Bessie is reported to be 40-foot-long and foot in diameter, with gray skin that matches the water it lurks in.
Can Cryptids Still Be Living in Ohio?
With the world being so much more populated today than it was 150 years ago it can be hard to believe that any cryptids still exist. But if they do exist, Ohio is the perfect place for them to live without drawing attention to prying eyes. Ohio's landscape consists of everything from lakes and streams to large hills and valleys making it a great home for all sorts of different types of beasts and monsters.
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