Photo appears to show SC’s urban legend known as ‘Lizard Man’

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BISHOPVILLE, S.C. — A new photo appears to show one of South Carolina’s urban legends known as Lizard Man.

A woman in Sumter told WCIV she spotted the fabled creature Sunday morning as she stepped out her church’s sanctuary.

She snapped a photo with her phone and immediately sent a photo to WCIV.

“My hand to God, I am not making this up,” she wrote to the station.

Sarah said she was just a mile or so from where Lizard Man was spotted in May.

According to WCIV, a man sent the station a video he took in May of what he thought was the Lizard Man. The man who sent the video said he had planned to keep quiet about his sighting until he saw the other reports.

“I saw your lizard man story and it’s given me the courage to send you a video I took in early May,” the man wrote to WCIV. “Though my wife believes me that it’s real, she said she would be embarrassed that everyone would think I was a loon so I kept it a secret.”

The man took the video in Scape Ore Swamp in Bishopville.

In the video, the man ducks behind a tree and a dark figure with a long tail can be seen from afar.

“If you’re wondering, I absolutely believe it’s real,” he told WCIV.

The video was taken in the same area where most of the Lizard Man sightings have occurred during the past 30 years.

Lizard Man was first spotted by 17-year-old Christopher Davis in the summer of 1988 when he stopped on a road near the swamp to change a flat tire at 2 a.m.

Davis reported running to his car after seeing a 7-foot beast charging him. He said the beast jumped on the hood of the car, leaving scratch marks on the roof.

Lizard Man has been a legend ever since.

For awhile sightings trailed off, but Lizard Man resurfaced once again in 2011 when a couple reported that their car was mauled overnight.

Now, the creature has resurfaced once again.