Native Americans that called the Carolinas home used to talk about a race or lizard or fish men who lived in the area they called the Inzignanin. Reports by modern man of the South Carolina Lizard Man started around 1972, however the first official documented sighting on the creature occurred on June 29th 1988. The encounter took place on a back woods road near Scape Ore Swamp, outside of Bishopville, South Carolina at around 2 a.m. 17 year old Christopher Davis had just finished changing his flat tire, while putting the jack into the trunk of his car Davis reported the following encounter:
“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; it had 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.”
The creature eventually lost its grip and was flung off the rooftop and onto the side of the road. Understandable Davis did not turn back to assess the well being of the beast but upon making it home he noticed that his side view mirror and roof top suffered considerable damage. Throughout the remained of that year, numerous witnesses came forth with their own frightening tales of the aggressive creature and several strange 3 toe foot prints where cast in the area. The latest encounter with the South Carolina Lizard Man occurred in 2004 when it reportedly tried to pull a young girl into the river she was walking by.
Although not as common or widely believed in as Bigfoot, the North Carolina Lizard Man has similar evidence and similar lack of evidence as the hairy hominid. Several cast footprints of the creature have been taken along with hundreds of sightings suggest that something strange calls the South Carolina swamp land home, however just like the Bigfoot, no physical evidence accepted by modern science has been discovered to prove the existence of the South Carolina Lizard Man.
1988, Christopher Davis has an encounter with the South Carolina Lizard Man, the unknown 7 foot tall green skinned creature charged Davis, who was able to jump into his car and lock the door. The creature then attacked both the roof of the car and the side mirror before finally being thrown off the vehicle when Davis drove off at high speed.
2004 the South Carolina Lizard Man reportedly attacks a young girl and tries to pull her into the river she is walking by.
SC isn't the only state with 'lizard men'. Reports of half-man, half-lizard, fish, and frog creatures have been reported all over. New Jersey has a rather famous lizard man and Ohio's 'Frog Man' is well known. In Strange State, you can read about Oklahoma's alligator-headed creature that walked on two legs. In the forthcoming Stranger State: More Mysteries and Legends of Oklahoma, I will expand on this tradition with a more recent account in the Sooner State.