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Green chupa
Type Chupacabra
First Sighting March 1995
Last Sighting 2013
Country Puerto Rico, Mexico, Southwestern US, Paraguay.
Habitat Remote Deserts in Southwestern North America, and jungles of Puerto Rico.
Possible Population Large (Increasing)

El Chupacabra is a cryptid that is renowned for its attacks on livestock, hence the Spanish name "the goatsucker." It supposedly eats chickens, goats, and other farm animals and pets. It has been reported all over the Americas, specifically the Southwestern United States, Mexico and Puerto Rico. There are two common versions of the chupacabra. There is a reptilian kind - the true chupacabra - and a canid kind, which are also called blue dogs. There have been more than 2,000 sightings of both types.  When it sucks blood, it allegedly makes an odd noise.

Sightings and History

Main article: History of El Chupacabra

Their first known attacks were in March of 1995 in Puerto Rico. Eight sheep were discovered dead, each completely drained of blood. Investigators found three strange puncture wounds in the chests of the animals. Despite the odd circumstances, authorities could only attribute the killings to a known predator - a fox, perhaps. Others, however, recognized the similarities in these deaths to the enigmatic cattle mutilations which had been taking place in the American southwest with increasing regularity.

The woman who first sighted the monster, Madelyne Tolentino, had an eyewitness description that was the basis for the most famous drawing of the chupacabras in the world.

El chuppa

In Canóvanas, about 30 citizens claimed to have seen the chupacabras, swearing that it had swooped down from the sky and leapt over treetops. It wasn't until November 19, 1995 that a detailed description of the chupacabras came from an eyewitness. On that autumn night in Puerto Rico, the creature struck again. Farmers awoke to a horrifying scene: dozens of turkeys, rabbits, goats, cats, dogs, horses and cows... dead, with no explainable cause. Just the mysterious markings left by the blood-drinking chupacabras.

But in the north-central city of Caguas, a startled homeowner caught the world's first fleeting glimpse of the goat sucker. Described as having huge red eyes and hairy arms, the creature allegedly broke into the bedroom of the house through a window, tore apart a child's stuffed Teddy bear, and left a puddle of slime and a single piece of rancid meat on the windowsill before disappearing.

Chupa dog

Through the end of 1995, the chupacabras had been blamed for more than 1,000 mysterious animal deaths - all resulting from blood loss through one or more puncture wounds. In that time, several more eyewitnesses came forward, consistently describing the creature as being monkey-like, but having no tail. They characterized it has having large oval red eyes that sometimes glowed, gray skin, a long snake-like tongue, fangs, and long spinal quills that may double as wings. Those who saw it say the chupacabras stands between four and five feet tall, hops like a kangaroo, and leaves a foul, sulfur-like stench. At the site of some deaths, unidentified three-toed tracks were found. Zoologists could think of no known animal that adequately fits this strange portrait. Later sightings across Mexico and the United States described strange, hairless dog like creatures sucking the blood of chickens, cattle, goats and other livestock, until the Chupacabra became widely known across the world.

There is also police cam footage of a Chupacabra. It is a video taken in August of 2008 in DeWitt County, Texas, by two police officers. The footage shows a canine-like animal running on the side of the road. The animal in the video appears to be fur-less with a long snout and pointed ears. It is possible that the animal could be a coyote or other canine infected with mange.


Chupacabra on police camera

The footage.


A frame from the footage, showing the animal’s head.


In Hood County, Texas, in July 2010, local animal control officers shot and killed an alleged Chupacabra. Texas A&M University scientists conducted tests on it and found it to be a coyote-dog hybrid with mange and internal parasites.

Chicken Killer

What may be the only photo of a Chupacabra in action

Mange is a class of contagious skin diseases caused by parasitic mites seen primarily in domesticated animals. This has led many to believe that the canine Chupacabra sightings are animals infected with mange.

Others believe the reptile Chupacabra to be an alien creature.


The most common description of the chupacabras is a strange breed of wild dog. This form is mostly hairless and has a pronounced spinal ridge, unusually pronounced eye sockets, fangs, and claws.


Chupacabra Mystery Finally Revealed

It is claimed that this breed might be an example of a dog-like reptile. Unlike conventional predators, the chupacabras is said to drain all of the animal's blood (and sometimes organs), usually through three holes in the shape of an upside-down triangle or through one or two holes.

Another description of the chupacabras, although not as common, describes a reptile-like creature, appearing to have leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin, sharp spines or quills running down its back and in some cases, leathery wings. This form stands approximately 3 to 4 feet (1 to 1.2m) high, and stands and hops in a similar fashion to a kangaroo, originating in the earliest Puerto Rican reports. In at least one sighting, the creature was reported to hop 20 feet (6m). This variety is said to have a dog or panther-like nose and face, a forked tongue, and large fangs. It is said to hiss and screech when alarmed, as well as leave behind a sulfuric stench. When it screeches, some reports assert that the chupacabras' eyes glow an unusual red which gives the witnesses nausea.

Types of Chupacabrians 

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In Popular Media

The many forms of the Chupacabra have been featured in many TV shows, movies, games, and even anime!

  • In 2005, the SYFY original movie Chupacabra: Dark Seas or Chupacabra Terror featured a humanoid version of the Chupacabra that kills soldiers and passengers on a cruise ship after smugglers attempted to sneak it into the U.S.
  • In 2013, Another SYFY original movie titled Chupacabra vs The Alamo, featured the more seen canine version of the Chupacabras, attacking a town in Texas and killing most of the residents.
  • In 2014, the comedy series Mike Tyson Mysteries, had an episode where Mike Tyson and the gang go to help an author finish his story but are attacked by a humanoid Chupacabra.
  • In the series Grimm, an episode titled Chupacabra included the infamous creature yet instead of being reptilian-like, it appears as a werewolf-like creature.
  • In 2017, a movie titled Chupacabra Territory, featured small humanoid monkey-like Chupacabras that attack a group of campers who are attempting to document the Chupacabra and its attacks in California.
    • This movie had 2 inaccuracies about the Chupacabra. One would be the Chupacabra being in California instead of Mexico, Texas, or even Puerto Rico, especially since the design is based off of the Puerto Rican version. The other inaccuracy is the Chupacabra having the ability to control people with its spit.
  • In one of the popular animes of 2017 known as Sakura Quest, one of the characters dresses up as a humanoid Chupacabra throughout most of the series.
  • A chupacabra appears in the cartoon Captain Underpants, where it chases a gym teacher.
  • A chupacabra is an animal agent of O.W.C.A. in the cartoon Phineas and Ferb. It is never shown in full.


Chupacabra sighting