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Tsuchinoko
Tsuchinoko
Naming
Others Child of hammer
Child of gravel (translations)
Original ツチノコ
Physiology
Body type Serpentine
Average length 1-3 ft. long
Intelligence
Sentience Sentient
Sapience Sapient (sometimes)
Ecology
Place of origin Japan
Habitat Land
Diet Carnivore
Locomotion Slithering
Status DD
Behind the Scenes
Universe Real


The Tsuchinoko (literally translating to "hammerspawn") is a legendary snake-like cryptid from Japan.

OverviewEdit

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.

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.

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