The South Carolina legend of the lizard man who terrorizes people throughout the area has returned in a series of photos and videos taken in recent days.
A man who asked not to be identified submitted a short video of what he thought was the Lizard Man Monday morning. He said he took the video in May while coon hunting but kept its existence quiet — until he saw the reports of Lizard Man outside a church.
“I saw your lizard man story and it’s given me the courage to send you a video I took in early May,” the man wrote. “Though my wife believes me that it’s real, she said she would be embarrassed that everyone would think I was a loon so I kept it a secret.”
The man said he took the video in Scape Ore Swamp just off Camden Highway in Bishopville.
In the 20-second video, the photographer ducks behind a tree as a dark figure with what appears to be a long tail walks by some 30 or 40 yards away.
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The video stops as the figure appears to turn towards the camera.
“If you’re wondering I absolutely believe it’s real. I also don’t know if it’s the same thing you posted,” he added. “When it noticed me I high tailed it out.”
The Lee County community of Bishopville has a long history of association with the legendary creature, but the summer of 2015 seems to have seen a return to action for the urban legend who has been spotted on a number of occasions. Images and video have been submitted to local news shows that seem to show a large figure with scales for skin that walks on its hind legs.
Earlier this year a woman, who only identified by her first name Sarah, claimed to have taken a single picture of the Lizard Man with her phone after stepping outside her church on Sunday, August 2. Shortly after the picture went viral, a hunter who wished to remain unidentified released a 25-second-long video that he had taken in the woods near the same area, depicting a dark figure briefly moving through the trees in the distance, saying that he filmed it in May and kept its existence a secret until Sarah released her picture
The Bishopville Cotton Museum is home to the main expert on the famed lizard man in the form of Jansen Cox who has collected a wealth of information for the museum.
Included in the collection held at the local museum in Bishopville, South Carolina are three toed tracks copied into plaster by the local sheriff’s department. Cox believes the descriptions and images provided by two local people show the legendary creature as it moves along the tree line beside South Carolina’s Highway 24 and heads over a bridge.
The legend of the lizard man has been popping up for many years throughout South Carolina and has been the subject of many TV documentaries.