Thursday, January 9, 2014

The Snoligoster

You'd be right to sense a pattern in my recent posts-- since I returned to this blog, I've only written about the "fearsome critters" of American folklore.  I'll be broadening my subject matter soon, but I've been reading a lot about these guys lately-- and have a few more I want to share before moving on.  One of them is the Snoligoster, an obscure monster that I learned about recently.

The Snoligoster is Floridian in origin, dwelling primarily in cypress swamps.  An aquatic reptile, it prefers warm climates, and spends most of its fime floating in the river.  While swimming, the Snoligoster is difficult to spy.  It looks much like a crocodile, and shares this more common animal's low profile in the water.  When it is floating on the surface, it's easy to mistake a crocodile (or a Snoligoster) for a log.

The Snoligoster, however, is a bit easier to spot.  This is due to the large, bony spike that portrudes from its back.  This natural spear is the Snoligoster's main weapon, used to impale prey and carry it off.  The Snoligoster prefers to eat human flesh, and will sneak up behind some poor soul before stabbing him and swimming away.  Once its victim stops struggling, the Snoligoster buries him in the riverbank and feasts.

Before eatings its meal, the Snoligoster pounds it to a pulp with its three-bladed, propellor-like tail.  The monster has no limbs, and requires this unusual appendage to move through the water.  In fact, it can move far more rapidly than a crocodile-- allowing it to catch victims by surprise.  The Snoligoster's tail can also be used as a club, battering enemies too evasive to stab.

Read more about the Snoligoster:
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