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Tatzelwurm
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Artistic depiction of the Tatzelwurm.
Creature
Grouping Cryptid
Data
Country Various
Region Alpine Europe

The Tatzelwurm is a worm-like cryptid. It is reported to live in several areas of Europe, including the Austrian, Bavarian, Italian and Swiss Alps. In some circles, it is classified as a variety of lesser dragon.

It is known by several names in different regions.

  • Stollenworm (Hole-dwelling worm)[1]
  • Bergstutzen (Mountain Stump)
  • Springwurm (Jumping Worm)
  • Dazzelwurm
  • Praatzelwurm
  • Arassas (French Alps).

Reports indicate that the creature has a snake-like body between 2 and 6 feet in length, with two clawed front legs, but no hind legs. It is sometimes reported to have the face of a cat. Local folklore holds that the Tatzelwurm is able to defend itself by expelling poisonous fumes that are capable of killing a human.

One claimed photograph of the Tatzelwurm exists. It was taken in 1934 by a Swiss photographer named Balkin who took a photo of what he thought was a very peculiar log. When the camera flashed, the "log" darted away.

The general description of the Tatzelwurm (apart from size) bears some resemblance to an amphisbaenian, the Mexican Mole Lizard. Some have also suggested it might be related to Heloderma[2]

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Etymology

Tatzelworm means clawed worm, a synonymous name for the cryptid is Stollenwurm, meaning "the hole-dwelling worm".[3]

See also

External links

References

  1. ^ Karl Shuker (2003). Dragons: A Natural History. New York: Barnes & Noble Books.  
  2. ^ http://modernlib.ru/books/akimushkin_igor_ivanovich/sledi_nevidannih_zverey/read_14/
  3. ^ Shuker, Dragons: A Natural History, p. 56.

Sources

  • Karl Shuker (1995). Dragons: A Natural History. New York, New York: Barnes and Noble Books.
  • Karl Shuker (2003). The Beasts That Hide From Man. Paraview, New York. ISBN 1-931044-64-3

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English

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Etymology

From German Tatzelwurm.

Noun

Singular
Tatzelwurm

Plural
Tatzelwurms

Tatzelwurm (plural Tatzelwurms)

  1. (cryptozoology) A worm-like cryptid reported to live in the Alps.
    • 2006, Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, Vintage 2007, p. 736:
      Men had been known to quit work here, claiming that the Tatzelwurms were becoming enraged by all the drilling and explosions.

German

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Etymology

From Tatze (paw, claw) + Wurm (worm).

Noun

Tatzelwurm m.

  1. (cryptozoology) Tatzelwurm

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