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Squonk, also known as Lagrima dissolvens.

Range: Western Pennsylvania, has been seen also in Michigan, lives deep in hemlock pine forests. Until recently, believed to be extinct.

Physical description: Wrinkled, warty black skin, sparsely covered with black, matted hair, about the size of a wart-hog, with padded feet and no tail. Can live several hundred years if left undisturbed. Females produce one offspring in their lives. Young have the appearance of a mole, but live above ground.

Characteristics: Sad, depressed, gloomy. Horribly ashamed of its ugly appearance; will cry if anyone looks at him, to the point of dissolving himself in his own tears. Diurnal/nocturnal. Tends to keep to a small territory – under one mile – and does not survive if moved.

Co-endangered species: Eastern Massassauga rattlesnakes.

Recent sightings: A squonk was positively identified and documented by an Iranigami agent in western Pennsylvania this year. The last known sighting prior to that was in Michigan in 1906 by J. P Wentworth, who unfortunately attempted to capture the squonk, which then dissolved in its own tears.

What to do: If you find a squonk, don’t look at him. Do what you can to provide him with enough undisturbed range so that he can live outside the influence of human intrusions.


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