The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word cryptid as “An animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated, such as the yeti.” For the following witnesses to living cryptids, there is no dispute. In this series of National Cryptid Society’s case files, you will read what the witnesses have experienced in their own words.
Keep an open mind when reading these accounts, and also remember one’s perception and memory of an event can be influenced by the emotions felt at the time of the occurrence. The contributors to this series of articles are doing the best they can to recount what are in some cases very shocking and traumatic experiences.
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NCS Case File #28: Large Humanoid Reptile sighted in North Carolina
Submitted by [anonymous]
Location: Pine Hall, NC
“My sister lived about five minutes away from me. Back then, she and I attended a monthly writer’s group meeting in Danbury. It started at 7:00 p.m. and ended whenever. It was loads of fun. I always drove, because her family only had one car and we didn’t want to leave her husband afoot with their four kids.
On the night in question, it was probably close to midnight when I dropped my sister off at home. I came to the stop sign at the end of her road and stopped. As I was preparing to turn onto my road, a – thing – stepped out of the woods closest to me and started across the road. I sat where I was, petrified. I could feel my blood rushing in my ears. And when it was directly in my headlight beams, it turned its head and looked at me. When it looked back at me, its eyes reflected in my headlights.
It stood there for several seconds, looking at me while I looked at it. Long enough for me to get a pretty good idea it was NOT homo sapiens or Sasquatch. I don’t know what the hell it was. It was maybe 7 or 8 feet tall, with grayish or greenish gray skin. No hair or fur. No clothes. Bipedal by design, like us. Its arms and legs were not quite disproportionately long, though it had a pretty long torso too. Its eyes weren’t large, and its head wasn’t misshapen, like the depictions of “Greys” one might see on television. It didn’t have a humanoid flat face either – there was most definitely a snout. Not a huge snout, but enough to be noticeable.
When it turned to walk away, I swear to god it had a f*cking tail. Not a wagging tail like a dog or a prehensile tail like a monkey. This was a long dragging alligator tail, like a kangaroo uses for balance. As soon as it was gone, I beat it the hell out of there. When I got home, I woke my husband up and told him and he laughed at me and told me to stop staying out all night. My sister is the only person who believed me – but she’s had experiences of her own. Not with this critter – and I’ve never encountered it again either, and no one I’ve ever told has seen it, so maybe it was just passing through.
This was before everyone had a cell phone, and camera phones weren’t a thing yet, and we were pretty poor in those days, so I didn’t have a camera either. Though if I’d had access to any of those things, I don’t know that I’d have had the presence of mind to photograph it – or how it would have reacted if I had.
Anyway, at the beginning I mentioned Signs. I saw that movie when it was released to DVD (or maybe VHS, I can’t remember if we’d bought the newest tech yet at that point). I saw it at my sister’s house, in the middle of the day. And when it showed the alien for the first time, I cried. It moved just like the thing I’d seen that night. It lacked the tail and snout, but was pretty close in other ways too. She had to pause the movie until my panic attack subsided. I watched the rest of it from the safety of a blanket tent on the sofa. Yeah, yeah, I was 25 or so, but primal fear knows no age. I finished the movie, but I’ve never seen it again, nor do I wish to.
***Disclaimer: I’m NOT saying what I saw was a visitor from outer space. I’m pretty sure at this point it was probably what’s referred to in some circles as a reptilian. I don’t know. I’m not about to track it down and ask it.”
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