Cryptids is another name of unknown animals, which science has not verified. This term was coined after the term Cryptozoology gained notary. For those who don’t know what Cryptozoology is? It is the study and research of legendary creatures not proven by science. It is not the science of unknown creatures. That is zoology. This is the science of animals, that are rumored to exist, but scientists refuse to acknowledge. These animals in question are called cryptids. Some animals are no longer considered cryptids like the giant squid, which is now proven by science to exist. It’s funny, but when they are still a legend they belong to cryptozoology, when they are proven to exist, they then belong to zoology and biology.
There are different categories of cryptids. Some books categorize them differently them me, but I want to keep it as simple as can for those who are new to Cryptozoology. You’ve got large hairy humanoids, lake monsters, large birds/flying humanoids, alien animals and missed placed animals.
The first cryptid is the large hairy humanoids. The most popular being Bigfoot, the skunk ape, and the yeti. They are described as large (between 10-6 feet tall) bipedal human like creatures that are covered in reddish brown hair. They are reported to look like a Neanderthal man covered in hair and are reported in almost every part of the world. Even Europe has reports of large hairy animals roaming the forests. Stories and legends about these animals go back for centuries. They are reported to roam around mostly at night. Their size is often been associated with their location. These animals on the west coast are reported to be about ten feet tall. The ones located on the east side in Florida are reported to be about 8 to 6 feet fall. There has been some controversy if these animals are violent or not. The ones located in Texas and Arkansas are known to have a mean strike in them and have grabbed at humans or thrown rocks at them. In my opinion, if somebody was shooting at me, I’d get mean as well. Out of all the cryptids, these have gained the most popularity due partly to books and publications and the other part is television shows. They are located in nearly every state in the union except Kansas and Hawaii.
There are the three toed hairy humanoids that I’m not quite sure what category they fall into. Maybe it’s the same category as Bigfoot. These large hairy animals are largely seen in the southern states and seem to like the swamps. You have the Honey Island Swamp monster and the Fouke monster. There were some three toed tracks found in Port Richey, Florida in 1967. I’m almost of the opinion that these tracks are fakes. Some of the tracks recovered in the Honey Island Swamp were found to be faked. It just seems odd to me that every animal that is bipedal has five toes. Why do these animals only have three? It might be possible that they are not anthropoid in nature and might be something else. Unfortunately we’re not going to know until we find one of these animals and examine it.
Also another possible alien animal is the South Carolina lizard man. This strange creature was sighted at Lee County by a young kid on a lonely country road during 1988. There were three toed footprints found later in the area. Tracks were found, which later turned out to be fakes. The Lizardman has not been seen in quite a while, which leads me to think that this was all a big hoax. There is legend of a race of lizard people called the Reptilians, also called the Anunnaki, which are said to be aliens from another planet, that live in an underground base in Mount Shasta, located in California, and kidnap humans and eat them. Some people have theorized that all the people that have come up missing in national forests are victims of the Reptilians. Author/Cryptozoologist recently published an excellent book on the subject of the Lizardman.
For a complete list of all types of cryptids, I recommend “A Dictionary of Cryptozoology” by Ronan Coghlan. He has listed every kind of cryptids from all over the world. It is without a doubt the most complete of hidden animals I’ve read. The only thing I don’t like is that there are no pictures or illustrations in it.