The Tatzelwurm comes from Alpine folklore and is said to inhabit several areas of Europe, including the Austrian, Bavarian, Italian and Swiss Alps. Other names for this creature are Stollenwurm, Springwurm, Arassas, and Praatzelwurm.

The Tatzelwurm has been desribed as a lizard-like creature with the appearance of a cat, but with a serpent hind-end and no hind legs. Its body is hairless and covered with scales. It can grow up to six feet in length.

In 1934 Balkin, a Swiss photographer claimed he saw one near a log. A photograph was taken and the sighting interested the Berliner Illustrierte enough to sponsor an investigation into the validity of the creature.

The photograph was considered a hoax, but sightings of this creature, though rare, are still reported to this day.

Image Caption: Tatzelwurm fountain/statue in Germany. Credit: Abrasax/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)