The Snoligoster (sometimes mistaken for the Snallygaster which is in a similar area) is a long amphibious creature from lumberjack folklore of North America, known as a fearsome critter. It dwells in swamps in the south, but it is especially common around Lake Okeechobee, Florida. The Snoligoster will eat any meat, but it prefers human flesh. When it catches someone, it will use its tail to toss the unfortunate victim onto the spike on its back (it will store the carcasses on its spike until it is hungry). Once it is ready to eat, it will drill a hole in the ground with its propeller tail, and scrape the bodies off of its spike into the hole. It will then proceed to grind the unlucky victims into a pulp, and then inhale and/or drink them. Sometimes the Snoligoster will just use its tail as a club to batter targets too evasive to stab.


The Snoligoster is a large, crocodilian creature. The three unique things about the Snoligoster are the fact that it has no legs (or fins), it has three bony plates on its tail (almost exactly like a propeller), and it has a big spike on its back. The creature just wiggles its tail back and forth, causing the propeller like plates to spin, enabling the creature to move through the dense swamps. Its also is covered in long, thick hair. It is about as long as three normal sized men lying down.


Mr. Inman F. Eldredge was hunting a runaway slave in the swamps of Florida. He saw the slave, dead and impaled on what he first thought to be a skinny Cyprus tree. Suddenly, the tree started to walk away. Eldredge then promptly ran away. Even when the public knew about the Snoligoster, they still decided to leave it alone, so that it would be a warning to all the evil-doers and runaway blacks not to hide in the swamps.

Further reading

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


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