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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: Friday, January 30th, 2016 (List corrections, information additions, deleted broken page links)

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

Added: New Altamaha-ha

Scheduled Alterations: Thunderbird, Flatwoods Monster, Bessie, Buru

Upcoming: -PENDING- (Many informative sites have changed over the years)

Scheduled Next Submitted: Burrunjor, Nahuelito, U-28 Creature

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 (now Cryptopia!)
Unexplained Mysteries

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] - the largest known living species of squid
16) Con-Rit - [Unknown Invertebrate]
17) De Loy’s Ape - [Hominid] - unknown primate/hominid identified only by a single photograph and exploration report
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] - a North American tall-tale
26) Giant Anaconda – [Unknown Herptile] - reports of enormous snakes emerge from the remote tropics
27) Giant Owl - [Avian] - surprisingly giant owls or owl-men reported in the UK
28) Gigliolis’ Whale - [Ocean/Unknown Mammal]
29) Hibagon - [Hominid]
30) Hodag - [Hoax] - an American tall-tale creature with sharp horns, spines, glowing eyes, and legs that don't bend
31) Hogzilla - [Unknown Mammal/Confirmed] - an aberrantly large wild hog shot and killed in the Southeastern US
32) Jackalope - [Hoax/Mythology/Chimera] - an American tall-tale critter, desert hare with antlers
33) Kasai Rex - [Hoax]
34) Khemr Stegosaur - [Hoax]
35) Kongamoto - [Avian]
36) Lizardmen - [Outsider]
37) Loch Ness Monster - [Fresh Water] - the famous lake monster of Scotland!
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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Suchuman6 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist
The coelacanth and colossal squid aren't cryptids, anymore. Anyway, great picture!
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why they're confirmed. :thumbsup:
Several of the creatures depicted here were originally part of an old commission and were meant to serve as map markers for where different creatures had been reported or discovered. So while I might not have gone for them back when this project started, I had them by the time it really started building up so I thought I might as well include them. 
thesketchydude13 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
just as a suggestion...what about the U-28 creature?...or the bear lake monster?...anyways...great work :D keep up the great content :)
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The U-28 mystery is one of my favorite "weird carcass" reports from years past, the only thing keeping it from the list was the sparse information on it at the time this project started up; the less description there is of a given creature, the tougher it is for me to make. I'm too visual for my own good. :dummy:
thesketchydude13 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I know how you feel :XD: I am also to visual for my own fact, I will usually search every corner of the internet when it comes to finding information and pictures of certain I've been recently trying to find pictures or sketches of the Enfield horror and the Bear lake monster...also...this might help on the U-28 creature:… it kind of reminds me of a prehistoric sea crocodile
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
That's pretty handy. :D
thesketchydude13 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
there is also this (which was believed to be drawn by one of the crew members)… 
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Now that's good, it looks like a nothosaurus or some sort of primitive crocodilian. :eager: Megalania and Buru are going to have company soon!
thesketchydude13 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
it does indeed look like a nothosaurus (cant believe I forgot about that...) also...have you by any chance heard of the Bear lake Monster or the white river monster? (or heck...what about the slide-rock bolter?)
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't remember the slide-rock bolter but a quick search makes me think that I'd read about it at one point. Leave it to old lumberjack tales, that would be a weird addition. :D

I have heard of the Bear Lake Monster but the descriptions never agree on a head. I would have to put them into a hat and pick one. Hmm...
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The-CheetahReta Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
suggestion: Cherokee devil
or wampus beast
also i think you l eft out the jersey devil in your description! :)
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I did forget it. Huh :iconwatplx:
Thanks for pointing that out. More critters to look up as well :D
The-CheetahReta Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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:
Suchuman6 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist
What was it before?
SynapticBoomstick Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
"Homonid", had seen it used a lot in books and on information sites when referring to large unknown apes. It was more an issue of spelling since I never did find a real difference. :shrug:
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 General 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?
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