Region of origin: Lake Okeechobee, Florida, United States

Resembling a furry snake or legless ‘gator, the snoligoster uses its propeller-tail to travel torpedo-like through the cyprus swamps it calls home. A man-eater, it catches prey in powerful jaws and tosses them backwards onto its dorsal spike, saving up several for a later meal.

(Just as a side-note, every now and then in researching archaic beasties you run across some archaic thinking, and the original Lumberwoods entry on this guy has some pretty questionable racial politics thrown in. I wanted to do my own write-up without bringing that in, but still wanted to acknowledge and give a heads-up that was out there as part of it.)

Originally posted on Tumblr on January 29, 2016

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