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The Lee County Lizard Man

We here at the South Carolina Museum are dedicated to documenting this important part of Cotton Country history.

Lizard Man Video Clip of lizard man witnesses:


Bishopville,SC. -- An orange moon rises over Scape Ore Swamp, frogs sing a deep- throated mournful tune, mosquitoes dance across a bayou fed by artesian springs, and the curious gather, waiting and watching. It is a creature bigger then life: say the few who claim to have seen it.  Looming 7 feet tall and covered with tough, scaly green skin, muscular ape like arms ending with three fingers tipped with 4 inch long black nails and long claws on three toes. The slanted eyes emanate a piercing red glow. It walks somewhat like a human. Lizard Man.  Is it a mutant from the swamp?  A rare Bigfoot?  A bear or other animal distorted by the moonlight?  A product of an overactive imagination?  A zany - and, so far, successful hoax ?  People here wish they knew.  The Lizard Man first made an appearance in June 1988.   Eye-witness accounts and new circumstantial evidence suggests that he has again come out of Scape Ore Swamp  in Lee County.  Have you seen the Lizard Man ?