In 1779 a small, two-legged, lizard-like creature was allegedly spotted in the Alps. The man who saw it died shortly after his encounter and people began referring to the creature as the Tatzelworm. Following his encounter there were several more sightings throughout the area. It became a popular local legend and the subject of many paintings and stories.
The Tatzelworm is thought to be brown in color with clawed feet. It’s often described as resembling a log. Many say the Tatzelworm is a lizard but some legends classify it as a small dragon. Some believe it gives off an unpleasant odor, which may be toxic to humans. While it is generally thought to be shy, it may attack if it feels threatened.
Sightings have mostly stopped happening, so if this creature did exists it’s likely that it may have gone extinct. But its legend lives on through retelling of the stories that brought it into the spotlight.
Coleman, Loren and Jerome Clark. “Cryptozoology A to Z. The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature.” Simon and Schuster. 1999