Scape Ore Lizard Man makes appearance

OK, you can tell it’s getting on into late summer and the news is JUST silly as hell.

The fabled Bishopville swamp creature known as Lizard Man appears to have surfaced again Sunday afternoon.

Source: Has Bishopville’s ‘lizard man’ returned? Photo apparently shows

The photo shows someone in a costume in low light at typical poor resolution. The source of the story is an email to the ABC News station.


Sarah, a Sumter woman who says she went to church with a friend Sunday morning, stepped out of the sanctuary to see the Lizard Man running along the tree line.

So she did what anyone else would do — took a picture with her phone.

“My hand to God, I am not making this up,” she wrote in an email to the ABC News 4 newsroom. “So excited!”

HONESTLY, ABCNews4, you resorted to this nonsense? For shame!

I’ve not heard that there is a movie about the Scape Ore Lizard Man in the works which might explain this scene. Is there a Lizard Man festival? The costume bears a remarkable resemblance, notably the pointy snout, to the description and artwork of RW Benjamin who ran the site Unknown Creatures and did several pieces of cryptid art. Sadly, that site is no longer on line.

lizard man_Benjamin


The legend of the Scape Ore Swamp Monster has resurfaced in the past few years thanks to mystery-themed TV shows and to Lyle Blackburn’s book on the topic. See my review of that here.

The Lizard Man story begins in 1988 when the sheriff is called regarding damage to the exterior of a car parked near a home in a rural area of Browntown, South Carolina. The damage appeared to be due to teeth marks. There was also hair and footprints on the vehicle. These remnants were later found to be attributable to a fox. But a legend was born – as people reported seeing a seven-foot tall green or brown bipedal creature with red eyes roaming the area. The sheriff related that these witnesses suggested the creature was responsible for the car. One witness, Chris Davis, gained notoriety for his encounter at 2:30 AM on a back road as he described a monster attacking him and his car. The creature was said to be upright with three fingers on its hand. The story took off from there.

There have been other reports of car damage done by a “lizard man” but those are clearly accounted for by dogs. The footprints of the Scape Ore swamp lizard man were also clearly hoaxed. What the eyewitnesses saw, if anything, is undetermined, but let’s just say an upright lizard man is NOT plausible as an explanation.

The news station here has been hornswaggled by this hoax. But something tells me they don’t care, they like the attention. Everyone loves a local monster.

  10 comments for “Scape Ore Lizard Man makes appearance

  1. Catish
    August 2, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    They need to capture that one. I need it on my balcony. To scare neighbours 😀 Yeah, ‘hand to God’ lady, you just lied with God as your witness or in his name. Whichever.

  2. August 3, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    And yet, The Atlantic did a story in 2013 about how 12 million Americans are convinced the US government is run by reptilians…

    Is it any wonder some of them would fall for a hoax like this?

  3. jockmcdock
    August 3, 2015 at 5:46 AM

    That “lizard” would have trouble walking on all four legs. Something which real lizards do rather well.

    Though some do walk on their back legs…

  4. Torkel Ødegård
    August 3, 2015 at 11:35 AM

    Looks like Vince McMahon dressed up as a Gorn!


    Case closed!

  5. Ronald H. Pine
    August 3, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    That lizard running on its hind legs is of one of two species of “basilisk” lizards, either Basiliscus basiliscus or Basiliscus vittatus, probably the latter. Lizards of this genus live in tropical Mexico, Central America, and northern South America, although I’ve heard that one species has become established in Florida. They are often referred to as “Jesus Christ lizards,” because they can, for remarkable distances, run on top of the water.

  6. the14thListener
    August 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Geez, the Boston 2015 Yeti looked more convincing and it wasn’t even trying to be real.

  7. F89
    August 3, 2015 at 9:06 PM

    Darn it, I was about to yell GORN! myself.

  8. RandyRandy
    August 4, 2015 at 6:27 AM

    Strange how so many of these artist’s renderings and reconstructions (and quite a few ‘realistic’ costumes) tend to make their respective cryptids look like they just got back from a WWE bodybuilding contest.

    Seriously – would aliens or Bigfoot or Lizard Man really be that buff? Or is this the influence of over-muscled comic book art? Even Gorn looks flabby compared with the new Lizard Man photo.

    One can assume from this trend that the best place to sight these buff bipedal cryptids might be the local Iron Man Triathlon…

  9. Ronald H. Pine
    August 4, 2015 at 2:10 PM

    I took in one of the World Championship Iron Man competitions on The Big Island recently. You don’t see many big obviously heavy-muscled guys. In fact, I don’t recall seeing any, but I wasn’t particularly looking for them. Maybe you do in those “local” ones you’re talking about.

  10. idoubtit
    August 6, 2015 at 2:04 PM

    Living with a legend has its perks for businesses in Bishopville. The lore of Lizardman brings tourists to Bishopville and when there is a recent siting, business picks up.

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