Ricky Rodson is an experienced cryptozoologist with several published books on the subjects of zoology, cryptozoology, and mythical beasts.
Top 10 Texas Cryptids
There are a lot of lists online that talk about the cryptids found in the United States. But with Texas being such a big place, I thought it deserved its own list of which cryptids can be found in the Lone Star State. And just because this list is specific to Texas, doesn't mean it doesn't contain all sorts of creepy creatures and mysterious monsters that will have your imagination running wild.
Our List of Cryptids Living in Texas
- Wampus Cat
- Prairie Devils
- Caddo Critter
- Ozark Howler
- Lake Worth Monster
- Beast of Bears
1. Wampus Cat
The Wampus Cat, known to some as the Cherokee Death Cat, is a creature from American Folklore. Its origins can be traced back to lumberjack tales based on the local Cherokee myths. Most sightings describe the creature to be a large panther-sized cat, capable of walking on its hind legs. By all accounts, the Wampas Cat is not very dangerous to humans and preys on fish for most of their meals. Wampus Cats have recently found their way into modern culture with references in several popular franchises, including Harry Potter and James and the Giant Peach.
2. Prairie Devils
The Prairie Devils, also called the River Dinos, Mini Rexes, and Water Lizards are a form of reptilian cryptid sighted all throughout Texas, Georgia, and Kentucky. All sightings of these graceful lizards have been reported near water, hence the name. Like most of the other Texas cryptids, Prairie Devils are considered a hoax by most people. But the people that have seen them say they are only about three feet long and resemble miniature brown bipedal dinosaurs. Local experts doubt that any known species of lizard would be capable of surviving the harsh winters of the area adding to the mystery.
In 1986, a Nasa archivist named Frank Shaw encountered a creature that haunted him for the rest of his life. While leaving work Shaw looked up and saw the pitch-black monster perched on the roof of the building. He described the Texas cryptid as being a large human-like figure wearing a long cape with two massive wings. When the archivist report the incident to his boss, he was made aware of a secret file they have been keeping on the creature. Not many stories about this Gargoyle are known to the public. But this story, and knowing that Nasa has a file on this monster, is enough to send chills up your spine.
4. Caddo Critter
The Caddo Critter is a sasquatch-like cryptid that was sighted several times in the 1960s around the lakeside town of Caddo, Texas. The cryptid was said to have been almost eight feet tall and covered with thick gray fur. A well-known rancher said he saw the beast and shot at it almost 10 times with his handgun. And a small boy claimed to have seen the ape along the shore while on a fishing trip. The same creature was possibly sighted 70 miles away in a small town, Haskell, and was nicknamed the "Haskell Rascal."
5. Ozark Howler
The Ozark Howler is a cryptid that goes by many names, including the Black Howler, the Nightshade Bear, and the Devil Cat. The creature is said to be roughly the size of a bear and is believed to have large horns and glowing red eyes. The Howler has been spotting creeping around remote areas of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. The earliest story of the Ozark Howler dates all the way back to the early 1800s. A hunter by the name of Daniel Boone is believed to have fired at the creature after they crossed paths in the woods.
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The ghoulish Goatman is a humanoid cryptid believed to roam around Texas. Some people say that it is a relative of the chupacabra and others believe it to be the last descendent of the Satyrs from Ancient Greece. Origins aside, most people agree that the Goatman is over seven feet tall and has long horns and sharp claws. Unlike most of the other Texas cryptids on this list, the Goatman is known to show extreme violence towards humans. Some stories even claim the beast enjoys raping its victims before killing them.
7. Lake Worth Monster
The Lake Worth Monster is a legendary Texan creature named after its home, Lake Worth. The cryptid is said to be a hideous mix of man and goat with long fingers covered in hard scales. The only known picture of the goat-like monster shows it to be covered from head to toe with thick cotton-colored fur. A man named John Reichart claimed the Lake Worth Monster attacked his car after jumping out of a tree on top of it. A police investigation was conducted but no evidence was found.
8. Beast of Bears
The Beast of Bears is a terrifying cryptid found lurking around the swamps and woodlands of Southern Texas. The monster is said to be an enormous brown bear with lots of scars and missing fur from past violence. Most people say the Beast of Bears has a strong and hideous odor that smells like alcohol and putrid eggs. Inuit legends speak of a massive bear with gills capable of stalking its prey underwater, much like a crocodile. People believe the bear could be responsible for many of the area's missing person cases.
Hogzilla is a gigantic pig that used to roam from Georgia to Texas. What makes Hogzilla different than all the other Texas cryptids is that it was proven to exist. The hungry hog was believed to be over 12 feet long and was reportedly 1100 pounds. But after it was killed by a hunter on a reserve in Georgia in 2005, it was confirmed to be nine feet long and roughly 800 pounds. Little smaller than assumed but still a massive pig. Upon dissection, it was discovered to be a hybrid of a domestic pig and wild hog. It is a real shame that the creature had to die for us to believe it could exist.
When people talk about Bigfoot, most stories describe it as living in the Rocky Mountains. But there have also been countless sightings of the ape-like monster in the great state of Texas. The creature is known to stand somewhere between 8-10 feet tall and is covered in thick brown fur. Despite its fame, Bigfoot dislikes human attention and is known to circumvent us by any means possible. Variants of Bigfoot have been sighted all over the world and have been given names such as Sasquatch and Yeti. Luckily for us, Bigfoot is not known for attacking humans.
Could Cryptids Still Be Living in Texas?
Texas has an extremely varied landscape from mountains and canyons to islands and coastlines. Because of this, it is the perfect home for all sorts of mysterious creatures like the ones mentioned above. Continuous growth in the population makes it harder and harder for these creatures to remain hidden from prying eyes, but Texas still offers vast amounts of uninhabited land for them to live unencumbered by outside interference. Because of this, we believe Texas to be one of the more likely homes of cryptids in the United States.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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