We've all heard of the folklore behind cryptids like Bigfoot and Chupacabra, but there are plenty of other unexplained creatures that are potentially lurking in a wilderness near you.
Below are five lesser known cryptids that only a serious enthusiast would have heard of, but nobody in their right mind would want to bump into on a dark night.
5. The Enfield Horror
Habitat: Enfield, Illinois
First sighting: 1973
Biological Class: Possible mammal
Why it's so scary: With a reported superhuman ability to jump huge distances and a record of the creature leaving deep six-toed claw marks on a house, The Enfield Horror really lives up to its name.
If that's not enough, the eyewitness description of the beast is just as chilling, it reads:
It had three legs on it, a short body, two little short arms, and two pink eyes as big as flashlights. It stood four-and-a-half-feet tall and was grayish-colored. It was trying to get into the house!
4. The Flatwoods Monster
Habitat: Braxton County, West Virginia
First sighting: 1952
Biological class: Possible extraterrestrial
Why it's so scary: Hideous hissing, an unexplained "sickening" metallic stench and a height of 10-foot puts The Flatwood Monster firmly in terrifying territory.
3. Loveland Frog
Habitat: Loveland, Ohio
First spotted: 1955
Biological class: Amphibian
Why it's so scary: Although no threatening behavior has been reported from the Loveland Frog, the visual description of the beast is pretty vile, it reads:
The creature was three to four feet tall, 50 to 75 pounds, leathery skin, possibly wet - matted hair on its body that made it look textured, possible tail, a head and face like a frog or lizard, and could leap over the roads' guard rail.
2. Beast of Bray Road
Habitat: Elkhorn, Wisconsin
First spotted: Late 1980s
Biological class: Mammal
Why it's so scary: You've heard of werewolves, right?
Habitat: The Pacific Ocean
First spotted: 1990
Biological class: Possible marine mammal
Why it's so scary: The Ningen's sheer size and slightly humanoid features make it a chilling unknown. Descriptions of the creature, who has ben spotted by Japanese fishermen, reads:
It is a humongous, “blubbery, whale-like creature,” whose smooth, pale form vaguely resembles the head, torso and appendages of a human being. Many observers have also reported that these animals have no distinct facial features save for two, huge eyes and a mouth-like slit