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Fearsome Critters - (1910)

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Fearsome critters! - 2008

The Funeral Mountain Terrashot (Funericorpus displosissimum) is a bizarre creature & fearsome critter from the lumberjack folklore of North America in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It has a casket shaped shell which is 6–8 feet in length, and long, wobbly legs, which cause the terrashot to sway uncertainly from side to side and forward and backward as it travels along.

The strange beast was first reported by some Mormon emigrants, who observed a peculiar procession entering the desert from a certain mountain range, afterward named the Funeral Mountains.

It is said that the creatures live in little meadows and parks in the higher portions of the range, where they gradually increase in numbers, until by a strange impulse they are seized by a desire to emigrate.

They then go on a disastrous journey across the desert, walking in single line. None will ever survive the journey as they cannot take the heat of the sun. Eventually they fall over and explode due to the intense heat and leave deep, grave-shaped holes in the sand.

In "Fearsome Creatures" (2015) - the Funeral Mountain Terrashot is a six-legged fungoid, part fungus and part animal, with horns and a herbivorous diet. The spores are deadly and if inhaled, a human will turn into one. The scientific name is Morgellons explosissimus.

Funeral Mountain Terrashot

Funeral Mountain Terrashot (2015)

Further reading[]

Pyramid Peak from Ash Meadows

The meadows and Pyramid peak

"The Funeral Mountain Terrashot" from Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods (1910) by William T. Cox