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Project Cryptid V.1.5 by SynapticBoomstick Project Cryptid V.1.5 by SynapticBoomstick

Artist's Note: I get a lot of questions about adding the Mongolian Death Worm - it is already a part of the collection and has been for a long time now, right between the words in the title. I don't know if it's because people don't see, aren't looking, or just like to mess with me, so I'm putting up this note to assure any and all that the death worm is there. :nod:

Last Update: Monday, July 4th, 2011 (Minor text edit)

Behind the Scenes: a look at the process over the years: synapticboomstick.deviantart.c…

Added: New Altamaha-ha

Scheduled Alterations: Thunderbird, Jersey Devil, Almasti

Upcoming: Merfolk, Monkfish, St. Augustine Blob, Hoade's Monster, Ataka Carcass

Scheduled Next Submitted: Burrunjor, Nahuelito, El Petizo

Deviants who have contributed (that have been added so far!):
TFhybrid (Mothman, Tatzel wurm)
LapisBufonis (Marozi),
GreatSaiyaKirby (Hodag, Jackalope, Nandi Bear, Fur-bearing Trout, Flatwoods Monster)
eternalsaturn (Cadborosaurus)
fractalxavier91 (Relic Population sub-category)
HungryCowrie (Alternate Yeti colors)

Attention: :
There's big change ahead for the project, whatever it may be.


The current layout for Project Cryptid :)! I'm always working to better the look and basic design of each creature so suggestions and constructive criticism are always a help. What you see now is composed of five different generations of art style; some have been left unaltered to serve as a visual history of the constant evolution of this project since its initial start.

Not everything here may be real, I won't argue the point of demon bats and such, but if it's mentioned in myth and lore or anecdotes and reports I'll probably draw it.

For more on cryptids and cryptozoology, check out some of these links:

American Monsters
Unexplained Mysteries
Mythical Creatures and the Unknown

The Project Cryptid Directory
Rare pigment mutation - so far unique to the Blue Tiger and Marozi- both felids, interestingly
Avians - Cryptids that are described as being capable of flight or are reported on the wing.
Chimera - the reported creature blends the features of many different species.
Confirmed - genuine physical proof has proven this creature to be flesh and blood.
Corpses - Unidentified corpses that, for whatever reason, were not properly examined or provided inconclusive information.
Fresh Water - Cryptids sighted witin or in proximity to bodies of fresh water such as a lake or river.
Hoaxes - Those cryptids that have been undeniabley proven to be fraudulant.
Homonids - Cryptids that are typically reported to be man-like, of immense size, and covered in hair.
Hybrid - creature is a blend of two distinct creatures.
Inverterbrates - Cryptids that fit the descriptors for unclassified inverterbrates.
Beyond Mythology - Creatures that are believed to be mythical yet have unusually consistent reports.
Outsiders - These cryptids do not fit into any one category- be they from other dimensions or outer space, these entities are enigmatic to the core.
The Oceans/Oceanic - Cryptids reported while at sea or from vantage points ashore.
Relic Population/RelicPop - Cryptids classed as extinct animals that some believe are not totally gone from the world.
Unknown Mammals - Unclassified mammals
Unknown Herptiles - Unclassified reptiles and amphibians.

Cryptids Cataloged
[updates always in progress, thank you :). Bold equals recent]

1) Ahool - [Avian] - Unconfirmed flying creature, Indonesia [reported as being "monkey-like"]
2) Almasti - [Hominid] - Russian wild man [aka Alma, Almas]
3) Altamaha-ha - [Fresh Water] - River creature, Georgia, US [aka Altie]
4) Beast of Bosnia - [Corpse] – unidentified corpse, Europe
5) Beast of Gevaudan - [Unknown Mammal] – Large canid, possibly a dire wolf or mutant
6) Bessie - [Freshwater/Outsider] - Unidentified Lake Eerie creature with unusual features
7) Bigfoot - [Hominid] - North American ape-man
8) Blue tiger - [Rare Pigment Mutation/Confirmed] - Asia [aka Maltese Tiger]
9) Bunyip - [Beyond Mythology/Chimera] - Monster from the Aboriginal Dreamtime, Australia
10) Buru - [Unknown Herptile] – unidentified Tibetan crocodilian, extinct according to natives
11) Cadborosaurus – [Fresh Water] [aka Caddy]
12) Cavney Island Monsters - [Corpse]
13) Chupacabra - [Outsider/Avian/Chimera]
14) Coelacanth - [Ocean/Confirmed]
15) Colossal Squid - [Ocean/Confirmed]
16) Con-Rit - [Unknown Invertebrate]
17) De Loy’s Ape - [Hominid]
18) Dohber-chu - [Fresh Water]
19) Dover Demon - [Outsider]
20) El Lobizon - [Unknown Mammal/Outsider]
21) Emela Ntouka - [Beyond Mythology]
22) Enfield Horror - [Outsider]
23) Flatwoods Monster - [Outsider]
24) Fouke Monster - [Hominid]
25) Fur-bearing Trout - [Hoax]
26) Giant Anaconda – [Unknown Herptile]
27) Giant Owl - [Avian]
28) Gigliolis’ Whale - [Ocean/Unknown Mammal]
29) Hibagon - [Hominid]
30) Hodag - [Hoax]
31) Hogzilla - [Unknown Mammal/Confirmed]
32) Jackalope - [Hoax/Mythology/Chimera]
33) Kasai Rex - [Hoax]
34) Khemr Stegosaur - [Hoax]
35) Kongamoto - [Avian]
36) Lizardmen - [Outsider]
37) Loch Ness Monster - [Fresh Water]
38) Loveland Frogmen - [Outsider/Fresh Water]
39) Lusca - [Ocean]
40) Mamlambo - [Fresh Water]
41) Mammoth - [RelicPop/Unknown Mammal]
42) Mapinguari - [Outsider/Unknown Mammal]
43) Marozi - [Unknown Mammal/Confirmed]
44) Megalania - [Unknown Herptile]
45) Michigan Dogman - [Outsider/Unknown Mammal]
46) Minhocao - [Unknown Invertebrate]
47) Mngwa - [Unknown Mammal]
48) Moa - [Avian]
49) Mokele-mbembe - [Beyond Mythology]
50) Morag - [Fresh Water]
51) Mothman - [Outsider/Avian]
52) Naga - [Fresh Water]
53) Nameless Horror of Berkley Square - [Outsider/Fresh Water/Unknown Invertebrate]
54) Nandi Bear - [Unknown Mammal]
55) New Jersey Devil - [Outsider/Chimera]
56) Ogopogo - [Fresh Water]
57) Popobawa - [Outsider/Avian/Hoax]
58) Quagga - [Unknown Mammal/Confirmed]
59) Rods - [Avian/Outsider]
60) Ropen - [Avian]
61) Shunka Warakin - [Unknown Mammal]
62) Tatzel Wurm - [Outsider]
63) Texas Chupacabra - [Unknown Mammal/Confirmed]
64) Thunderbird - [Avian, Beyond Mythology] – giant predatory bird, North America
65) Thylacine - [Confirmed, Relic Population, Unknown Mammal]
66) Trunko - [Corpse/Ocean]
67) Tsuchinoko - [Unknown Herptile]
68) Veo - [Unknown Mammal]
69) Vietnamese Night Fliers - [Outsider/Avian]
70) Wendigo - [Outsider]
71) Yeren - [Hominid]
72) Yeti - [Hominid]


Yes, if it shows up on Destination Truth or Monster Quest I will add it :D

Coming Soon (with increased size!):
-Information Blurbs on each covered cryptids, including cryptid type and location

Black Shuck
Ohio Grassman
British Big Cat
El Petizo
Jba Fofi

*The color scheme for Fouke Monster is giving me headaches.
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HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
 :thanks: There's more awesome to come! :D
HardCoreCrocomire Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
ChistmasTree Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015
This is incredible! I love cryptids
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :thanks: Everyone should love a cryptid or two, they're so cryptid-y.
Sin-Nombre-RPG Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2015

One suggestion, though: the Texas 'chupacabra' was called the 'Elmendorf beast' long before it was called a chupacabra. Google it :)
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's a much better name for it than having "chupacabra" listed twice, thanks for the lead. Now to jog my brain for which font I used. :slow: When in doubt, change them all!
Sin-Nombre-RPG Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2015
It is my life's mission to educate people on the difference between Canis scabrosus and Rubrumoculus bestia :)
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
If that translates into the difference between a canine with mange and a chupacabra, then for the love of god yes. The news is always pulling that one down off the shelf
Sin-Nombre-RPG Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015
Pretty much

(it was the best I could do given my very limited knowledge of Latin)
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Works for me. :iconthefonzplz:
badger1965 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
Nice collection....They're kinda like Pokemon,gotta catch them all :D
Scharb Featured By Owner May 18, 2015
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner May 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Well look at that, looked it up and I've apparently been using a term related to anthropology but not correct in what I meant to state. Better fix that. :iconwatplx:
Comett626 Featured By Owner Edited Jan 7, 2015
Heres a few I can suggest...
The Baba Yaga---a powerful Russian witch with a house with legs like a chicken.
Hellhound---other-worldy canines that foretell doom and death, can be dark gray or brown or pitch black with yellow, or red eyes.
Kappa---a Japanese river demon with a turtle shell and a hollowed, bowl-like head. If the water within it's bowl is spilled, the kappa is rendered helpless.
Melon heads---small, grotesque humanoids that lurk in the back-roads and woods of Ohio, Michigan and Connecticut.
The Pope Lick Monster---a legendary half man, half goat creature that lives under the Norfolk Southern Railway trestle over Floyd's Fork Creek, in theFisherville area of Louiseville, KY. Known for luring teenagers up to the trestle and either killing them by his hatchet or by passing train.
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of those would fall under mythology rather than cryptozoology but I do have a side project devoted to that. The Melon Heads just inspired me for another Project Cryptid spin-off, Local Legends. I love inspiration! :D
lucariark Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Student General Artist
hey, the komodo dragon was a cryptid as well! until the whole confirmed thing
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Many animals got that treatment. Zoologists once thought that gorillas were just local myth and the first platypus specimen was called a hoax.
TheFangedSkull Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014
Greetings and bienvenue, Cryptids.
Soon, I, the incomparable V.V. Argost will find Kur and become "The Master of Cryptids." (chuckles)
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It took me far too long to get that. :ohmygod:
TheFangedSkull Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
So, you've seen The Secret Saturdays?
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol: I have. I don't know where that show was when I was still a kid, the idea had "1980's" stamped all over it. I will forever want an invisible Komodo Dragon now.
TheFangedSkull Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
My profile is that of V.V. Argost (the main antagonist) in memory of him. The Secret Saturdays is one of those shows that follow one, big storyline rather than have a new story in each, different episode. This makes me like it much more I am a dummy! .
tm285 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That list mostly contains creatures from world mythology. Those aren't considered cryptids but it can be useful for research leads with Project Mythology. :)
Cryptdidical Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow man, I remember seeing this years and years ago when I had just started high school! I love this picture, still have it saved on my computer after all these years! Awesome stuff! :)
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been telling myself forever that I'll add more to it or give it a total overhaul, starting years back then I promised myself I'd make an interactive Flash for it. I have yet to fully figure that bit out. Maybe, maybe...
RaymondEternal Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Nice Indeed...!!!
bennoah100 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
fur trouts and jackalopes are proved to be hoaxes. No, I disagree! 
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hence the "Lies" part of the title. ;-)
One has to wonder how annoying cleaning a hairy fish would be, though. :bleh:
Dagger-Drop Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Student General Artist
My grandpa has seen a Jackalope
Milo619 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome work!!!!

SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Belated thanks, glad you like creatures. =p
wvni Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
found this, wanna try and help
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Always glad to hear new ideas from visitors. :wave:
What have you got in mind?
wvni Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no clue right now.
hunterXIII Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2013  Student
Vietnamese night flyer?
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Before the American Monsters site did their absurd overhaul and put most of their content into storage, they had this entry listed. I found it unique enough to include as I'd personally never heard of the case and could find little else on it to research. Anything new I can share with people, I'm going to share it. :)
hunterXIII Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013  Student
Good idea. I've clearly never heard of it either. :P
kingemu1994 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
thylacene and mamoth are not cryptids they were real the chupacabra and the mothman are! my grandfather has seen a thylacene in the wild
Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
No need to add "El" before before chupacabras either. Its not like a title or anything, it just means "the" in spanish :P
Like The Yeti or The Skunk Ape.
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know, force of habit. It's programmed into my brain. :slow:
experimentalacc Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
some of them are real, like the colossal squid and the coelacanth, i reccomend u a book by lothar frenz called the book of the mysterious animals, and the mapinguari is real, i have seen it, is 3m tall and has some kind of massive sore in its belly, also seems a giant bear with no eyes nor ears
GoobieDoob Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Beasties and sea monsters! :iconbathlaplz:
Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Quite a few rare ones in there! :w00t:
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I try to include as many of the fringe beasties as I can find, though some of them are quite weird and difficult to portray. Besides, you can only make so many variations of "big, hairy man" before it becomes saturated. :lol:
Mindslave24-7 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I always find the lesser know cryptids more fascinating.
moonstoneface Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
I've heard that the Beast of Gevaudan was a werewolf....
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was a popular theory at the time and remains so today: go onto any cryptid forum and search for it, I'll guarantee you that "werewolf" appears within the first five posts ;-).
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