Of the Week

Minhocão

Written by Zavier Colon

Cryptid of The Week: Week 11

Welcome back dear reader to the eleventh installment of Cryptid of The Week. This may well be the final installment of Cryptid of the week and if it is I would like to take a second to thank all of you for reading my articles up until now. We just celebrated the 10th Cryptid of the week article last week ad ow that the year is wrapping up this may very well be my final Cryptid article. So once again thank you all for reading.

 

For this week’s Cryptid we are journeying to the rain forests of South America and examining the great Minhocão. The Minhocão (which roughly translates to “Big Earthworm” from Brazilian Portuguese) is said to be a giant earthworm-like Cryptid which lives within the South American rain forests mainly within and around the vicinity of Brazil. It’s physical description is depicted as a giant worm like creature with a scaly black hide as well as a pair of stalks similar to that of a snail with eyes fixed at the end. It is believed to have been a subterranean creature meaning it lived as well as moved around underground by burrowing. The result of the Cryptids underground movement is the production of enormous trenches. The common consensus by the analysis of various underground trenches by Cryptozoologists (Cryptozoology is the study of undiscovered or yet to be proven species) is that the Cryptids diameter can range between 10 and 12 feet however accounts of its length can range from 75 all the way up to 150 feet. These tunnels were often discovered during the rainy season leading Cryptozoologists to believe that the creature was often more active during this time due to softer easier to dig soil, and possibly hibernated during more arid months. The creature was often blamed for the collapse of buildings when an underground air pocket developed suddenly causing a sinkhole. The Minhocão is believed to have gone extinct as there have been no new reported sightings in over 130 years. Cryptozoologists however believe that they may have discovered evidence that the creature may have existed and possibly may still be around. This was caused by the recent rediscovery of the Giant Caecilian which is a 5-foot long serpentine amphibians that greatly resemble the Minhocão. While there had only previously been two preserved specimens of the species which were taken in the late 1800’s the species was rediscovered in 2011 by engineers working on a dam in Brazil. They are black as well as being one of the only know amphibians to have scales with some variants of the species having a pair of sensory stalks that protrude from the head. They are amphibian creatures and often emerge from their burrows when it rains. This is a perfect match both physically and behaviorally to the stories of the Minhocão and Cryptozoologists who had been studying the creature have been torn between two theories regarding the Minhocão. There is one side which believes that the Giant Caecilian is the Minhocão and the stories were merely exaggerated to the point where it became a nearly mythical creature and then there are those that believe the Giant Caecilian is a relative of the Minhocão and that the Minhocão is an even larger iteration of the species.

Photo of the Giant Caecilian

 

The debate between the two sides continues to this day and is considered one of the harshest divisions of theory in cryptozoology. With all that said and done I would like to once again thank you all for reading my articles from those who just joined to those who have been reading since my first Cryptid I truly appreciate you all. I hope I can continue to write even after the ed of the school year and I hope that you all continue to tune in. Now as always stay safe out there for these are trying times.

Both images are originally from: https://cryptidarchives.fandom.com/wiki/Minhoc%C3%A3o

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Zavier Colon