Fearsome Critters Picture

European countries aren't the only ones with awesome mythological creatures. Happy (early) Independence Day!

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Jersey Devil
The Jersey Devil is a legendary creature said to inhabit the Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey, United States. It is said to be the 13th child born of a witch and the devil. The child was born normal, but quickly morphed into a demon with bat wings and a helldog's head. It killed the midwife, and flew up the chimney to haunt the village forever.

Jackalopes are said to be a hybrid of deer and a species of "killer rabbit" (think Monte Python). Jackalopes are extremely shy unless approached. Legend also has it that female jackalopes can be milked as they sleep belly up and that the milk can be used for a variety of medicinal purposes. It has also been said that the jackalope can convincingly imitate any sound, including the human voice. It uses this ability to elude pursuers. During days of the Old West, when cowboys gathered by the campfires at night, jackalopes could often be heard mimicking their voices. It is said that a jackalope may be caught by putting a flask of whiskey out at night. The jackalope will drink its fill of whiskey and its intoxication will make it easier to hunt. However, legend has it that they are dangerous if approached. It has also been said that jackalopes will only breed during electrical storms including hail, explaining its rarity.

Cactus Cat
The cactus cat was generally described as a bobcat-like creature living in the Southwest, covered in hair-like thorns, with particularly long spines extending from the legs and tail. The creature was said to use its spines to slash cacti at night, allowing juice to run from the plants. On later nights, the creature was said to return to drink the now fermented juice. The then-drunken creature was said to shriek throughout the night

Hodags have "the head of a frog, the grinning face of a giant elephant, thick short legs set off by huge claws, the back of a dinosaur, and a long tail with spears at the end". They only eat all-white bulldogs, and supposedly migrated after they ate all the bulldogs in Wisconsin. They can only be killed with dynamite.

Teakettlers resemble a small stubby legged dog with the ears of a cat. It gets its name from the sound it makes, which is like a boiling tea kettle. It only walks backwards (by choice) and steam issues from its mouth as it makes its whistle. Only a few lumberjacks in Minnesota and Wisconsin have seen one, as they are very shy, but if a boiling kettle is heard and nowhere to be found, it is sure that a Teakettler is nearby.

As its name suggests, the hidebehind is noted for its ability to conceal itself. When an observer attempts to look directly at it, the creature quickly hides again behind an object or the observer and therefore can't be directly seen: a feat it accomplishes by sucking in its stomach to a point where it is so slender that it can easily cover itself behind the trunk of any tree. The hidebehind uses this ability to stalk human prey without being observed and to attack without warning. Their victims, including lumberjacks who frequent the forests, are dragged back to the creature's lair to be devoured. The creature subsists chiefly upon the intestines of its victim, and has a severe aversion to alcohol, which is used as a repellent.
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