Ricky Rodson is an experienced cryptozoologist with several published books on the subjects of zoology, cryptozoology, and mythical beasts.
Cryptids Believed To Be Living In Florida
Flordia is known for being a weird place during the day, but believe it or not it gets even weirder at night. With its dense woodlands and a large number of swampy lakes, it remains one of the best locations in the United States for reclusive creatures to hide. Many of the creatures below come from stories that have been told for hundreds of years. Our list contains the top 7 cryptids prowling around Florida for you to both enjoy and be on the lookout for.
Our List Contains The Following Cryptids:
Sanibel Sea Serpent
Sanibel Sea Serpent
In 2014, reports began to surface of a sea serpent in the waters off Sanibel Island. The couple that recorded the video of the monster described it as having the face of a sea otter and the body of a gigantic snake. They claimed the creature was at least 20-feet in length. And while this was the first time a creature of this sort was captured on film in the area, reports of sea monsters with mammalian heads have circulated the area since 1901. Pictures of creatures like these have even made their way onto old school maps used by sailors.
The Dogman is a fairly straightforward cryptid with its description being part of its name. Sighted all throughout the Americas, the Dogman can be thought of as a relative of the werewolf family. With large bodies and the head and legs of a dog, this cryptid is capable of leaving anyone that encounters it scarred for life. The first documented case of the Dogman happened almost 150 years ago. In 1887, two lumberjacks spotted the strange creature in Wexford County, Michigan. Since that date, more and more stories have being to pile up.
The skunk ape is a cryptid with many names including Florida Bigfoot, Stink Ape, and Swampsquatch. It is a small humanoid creature that is known to inhabit parts of the southeastern United States. The first official reports of this small bipedal creature are from all the way back in 1818 in an area now known as Apalachicola, Florida. Large amounts of reports of the animal were made through the 1960s and 1970s causing the United States National Park Service to officially announce that it considers the skunk ape to be a mixture of mistaken identity and hoax. Despite this, the residents of Flordia still believe in its existence and claim to see it on almost a yearly basis.
The Snoligoster, known by some as the fearsome critter, is an extremely strange amphibious creature that comes from lumberjack folklore. While it has been said to live all around the southern United States, its undisputed resting grounds are somewhere around Lake Okeechobee, Florida. This monster is described as a crocodilian creature without any legs and bony plates on its tail which manages to move like a propeller allowing it to move. The Snoligoster is also said to have a large spike on its back that it uses to store the carcasses for victims yet to be devoured. Because of its highly strange appearance, even I doubt the existence of the Snoligoster but it will forever remain one of the strange Florida cryptids I have ever read about.
The Wampus Cat is a mythical green-eyed cat that has been accused of having occult powers. Wampus Cats are described as being large panthers capable of leaping into the water and swimming at the speed of a colossal mink. The Wampus Cat has grown in popularity over the past twenty years because of the fame of the Harry Potter franchise. There have never been any reports of the Wampus Cat attacking a human, but locals remain afraid of it nonetheless. The local communities have been known to refer to the beast as the "Cherokee Death Cat."
Lake monsters are one of the most common types of cryptids to exist throughout the world. Possibly due to the fame of the Loch Ness Monster or possibly because each lake is capable of possessing its own micro-ecosystem. What makes the Muck Monster so original is that it is one of the only cryptids in which no one has ever claimed to see. Whatever this creature is it is known to cause a massive break in the waters of Worth Lagoon. Many people believe that what lurks just below the surface is something the resembles a dinosaur or large aquatic lizard.
Video of Muck Monster Sighting
At this point, most people have accepted that when looking up cryptids, you are going to run into Bigfoot. But for the slim chance you have never heard of this rockstar cryptid, Bigfoot is a bipedal ape-like creature that roams around the forests of North America with sightings in nearly every state and even parts of Canada. Despite all the photos and video evidence that has been released over the years, scientists continue to claim that Bigfoot is nothing more than a myth. Even with its large size, this monster of myth is always said to be extremely peaceful. It is known to avoid contact with humankind at all costs, with all photos of the creature being taken from an extreme distance.
Could These Florida Cryptids Actually Exist?
With Florida being so populated many people wonder if creatures like the ones above could really still exist. The truth is, with its thick woodlands and vast river system Florida is a completely logical place for these unknown monsters to hide even in the 21st century. Even with its large dense population, the ecosystem is unlike anything else on the planet and quite capable of housing all of these strange animals. Just because it is hard to believe something can still be hiding in the center of the jungle or in depths of the ocean does not mean it does not.
Which Florida Cryptid Do You Think Is The Scariest?
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Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 23, 2021:
Very nice and informative article, thank you.