Scrounger

Scroungers are strange creatures that can be found all over the world.  They originate not from another dimension, like many of the creatures in this text, but from another point on the spectrum.  Also, for some reason they only appear in places where humans have not set foot in a very long time, usually several decades. 

They are odd creatures to behold, with characteristics of both reptiles and insects.  They are able to grow to nearly a full yard in length and are entirely covered in large, smooth scales.  They are brown in color, with subtle patterning that allows them to blend into the dirt and mud, although they usually prefer to hide in tall grass.  They have no tail and no neck and their bodies are angular and segmented, somewhat like the exoskeleton of a millipede.  They have six short legs, each ending in a large, frog-like foot that allows them to scale trees, walls and other vertical surfaces.  Their heads are wide and snake-like, with large, brown eyes, a blunt nose and huge, toothless mouths. 

Scroungers aren’t aggressive and live on bugs, small rodents and reptiles and even smaller scroungers.  But they have been known to bite if provoked, so it’s best to keep your distance.  Although they have no teeth, their saliva contains a potent toxin that causes intense pain, nausea and vomiting, hallucinations and even permanent blindness.

Approach with caution.  Or, better yet, don’t do it at all. 

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