The Scape Ore Swamp Lizard Man Origins
Deep in the swamps of Bishopville, South Carolina, lurks a beast so terrifying, locals can’t bear the thought of it. Ok I’m not too sure how true that dramatic statement is, since they host a festival in these creatures honour every year, but if I were a local, I’d sure as hell be cautious of the Scape Ore Swamp.
Yes, this week we will be discussing the terrifying Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp, Southern Carolina. This creature has been a prominent part of the town’s folklore since the late 80’s, so it is a relatively new beastie.
- Roughly seven feet tall
- Green, scaled skin
- Three fingered hands with long digits and long, black fingernails
- Red or orange eyes
- Long tail
Sightings Of The Scape Ore Swamp Lizard Man
The most notable tale of the Lizard man comes from one Christopher Davis. Late one night, at 2am in 1988, 17 year old Christopher was making his way home after a late shift at his job. Suddenly, one of his tires blew out, forcing the teen to pull over and put on the spare.
As he was finishing up, Christopher suddenly heard an aggressive stomping sound coming from behind him. As he turned around, what he saw would haunt him forever.
A huge, green, humanoid mass was running towards the teen. In his own words:
“I looked back and saw something running across the field towards me. It was about 25 yards away and I saw red eyes glowing. I ran into the car and as I locked it, the thing grabbed the door handle. I could see him from the neck down – the three big fingers, long black nails, and green rough skin. It was strong and angry. I looked in my mirror and saw a blur of green running. I could see his toes and then he jumped on the roof of my car. I thought I heard a grunt and then I could see his fingers through the front windshield, where they curled around on the roof. I sped up and swerved to shake the creature off.”
When he arrived home, he, his side mirror was almost completely destroyed. There were also notable scratch marks on the roof of his car, but sadly, no other solid evidence of the creature.
Even though this is the most notable sighting of the creature, it certainly isn’t the first.
One year prior to the Christopher Davis sighting, a local cyclist was riding through the area, when he decided to stop for a cigarette and a drink of water at the local area well of Scape Ore Swamp. Suddenly, the cyclist was alarmed to see a huge anthropomorphic creature standing across the road from him. Needless to say the cyclist quickly hopped back on his bike and peddled like hell to get away from there. Why this isn’t the most important first story, I don’t know.
Two weeks after Christopher’s sighting, police were called to the residence of a Browntown local. During the early hours of the morning, the local’s car had been completely vandalized in a similar fashion to Christopher’s. the antenna of the car had been badly bent, its fenders had been ripped off, there were huge gashes scratched into the side of the car and the chrome trim of the car seemed to have been chewed off.
Over the summer of 1988, more and more cars were being vandalized in similar fashions. Furthermore, the reports of the Lizard man began to grow rapidly. Police were called into action, and even cast a three toed footprint allegedly let by the beast.
In august of 2015, exciting news emerged in the Bishopville area. Local, Sarah Berra had shot photographic proof of the lizard man’s existence. Or had she? In all honestly no. and I mean a big fat hell to the no. All her photo proved is that there are very good lizard man costumes available for all willing husbands to run around in for their spouses to photograph and pass off as official sightings. Sit down, Sarah.
However, the legend persists and is stronger than a few shoddy glory seeking snaps. Every few years, the legend remerges. As far as I could tell, the lizard man doesn’t attack people. However, it appears that he really, REALLY does not like cars.
Explanations for The The Scape Ore Swamp Lizard Man Origins
- Living Dinosaur
Ok so the first possible explanation that has popped up is that the Lizard Man could actually be a living dinosaur. Now, you know me, I’m all for a good dino story. However, I’ll tell you why this doesn’t sit well with me.
As far as I’m concerned, the Lizard person seems to have an air of sentience around it.
If it were a dinosaur, based on its description, it would be a therapod. Theroapods were usually bipedal, had three toes, deadly talons for ripping and incredibly long tails. Kinda fits the description of our lizard guy perfectly right? So, where’s the hang up? I’ll tell you!
Most of us dino fans know that most therapods were vicious apex predators. This family of dinosaur houses the terrors such as the velociraptor and deinonychus.
Now if you ask me, the perfect dinosaur to fit this description would essentially be the deinonychus. This type of dinosaur could reach up to 11 feet when fully grown based on fossils found of the creature. For those of you who don’t know, the vicious raptors in Jurassic Park actually look more like deinonychus than a velociraptor. A velociraptor was actually about the size of a turkey. But ramble aside, the deinonychus was a vicious hunter.
Now why this is important to me is based on the fact that I heavily doubt a carnivorous dinosaur would timidly shy away from a delicious, fleshy human pointing a camera at it. So, this is my first argument against the surviving dinosaur theory.
Another reason that I shy away from the surviving dinosaur theory is based on the fact that the dinosaurs classed in the Dromaeosauridae family group (which contains raptors and deinonychus) are suspected of having feathers. Therefore, the victims of the Lizard Man wouldn’t have reported a large, green scaled animal, and we would all be calling this cryptid the Chicken Man of Bishopville.
- Evolved Lizard Species
The next explanation is one of my favourite conspiracy theories floating around today. And that is, the reptilian race of the world. So, there are huuuuuge debates over reptilian people. From prominent people of power being part of the reptilian race, to huge reptilian communities living underground, the speculations go on and on. In all honesty, I could – and probably will – do a whole episode on the reptilian race alone.
However, the reptilian race which is suggested to be the Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp are describing an actual cryptid animal which evolved alongside humans.
People are putting forward the idea that a type of reptilian hominid evolved and grew into the sentient race of reptile creatures who now call Scape Ore Swamp their home.
That’s all I’m going to say on this note because it ticks a lot of my boxes.
- Disgruntled old farmer
This is one of my favourite possible explanations, only because I can see a disgruntled old farmer running around terrorizing the village. Perhaps one old gent was just finished with passers by stealing his beans. So he created the legend by running around in a lizard suit, terrorizing his neighbours.
While I’m all for a grumpy old ma story, the obvious issue is the teeth and claw marks found in vehicles. So unless this old farmer had an iron deficiency and unspeakable long fingernails, I’d put this to bed.
This is a theory I’m willing to buy into. Someone put forward the idea of the Lizard Man being an extra-terrestrial.
So, this for me makes more sense than some of the other suggestions. I do believe aliens would be sentient. I do believe aliens would be territorial. But why would an alien race looking to take over or study the world choose a tiny little farming community as their base? Perhaps it provide privacy but I always thought they’d try infiltrate bigger cities. But not saying no to this suggestion.
Some scientists have suggested that the Lizard Man is nothing more than a human being suffering from Ichthyosis. For all of you who don’t know what that is – like me before I started researching this creature – ichthyosis is a painful skin condition which can be described as dry scaly or thickened skin.
Guys don’t google this condition, the images are rather disturbing. But yes, this condition can produce huge scales on the skin.
So maybe a family of people suffering from this condition decided to seek refuge in the woods surrounding Scape Ore Swamp. This condition is hereditary. But if your skin is afflicted by this condition, it doesn’t turn green. Nor does it make you grow a few extra feet. So, unless the family suffering from this condition were giants, I’d say no. also if you’re suffering, wouldn’t you seek medical help as opposed to holing yourself away in a swamp?
What Does Abi Think The Beasties Is?
Yoh guys, this is a toughie. But I must be true to my cryptid heart and tell you all that I believe this is, in fact, an actual cryptid.
Perhaps it is a sentient creature, similar to big foot trying to avoid humans at all costs. Yes, a big foot with scales. That’s my suggestion! I don’t think it’s a dinosaur, I don’t think its an alien, I definitely don’t think it’s a farmer but I do feel strongly about the creature being exactly that, a creature that lives and breathes.