|Others||Child of hammer|
Child of gravel (translations)
|Average length||1-3 ft. long|
|Place of origin||Japan|
|Behind the Scenes|
The Tsuchinoko (literally translating to "hammerspawn") is a legendary snake-like cryptid from Japan.
The name tsuchinoko is prevalent in Western Japan; the creature is known as bachi hebi in Northeastern Japan.
Tsuchinoko are described as being between 30 and 80 centimeters in length, similar in appearance to a snake, but with a central girth that is much wider than its head or tail, and as having fangs and venom similar to that of a viper. Some accounts also describe the tsuchinoko as being able to jump up to a meter in distance followed immediately by a second jump while still in the air.
According to legend, some tsuchinoko have the ability to speak and a propensity for lying, as well as a taste for alcohol. Legend also records that it will sometimes swallow its own tail so that it can roll like a hoop, similar to the mythical Hoop snake.