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The Argopelter is a mythical fearsome critter said to inhabit hollow trees of the conifer woods from Maine to Oregon.1 From this vantage point, the creature would await an unwary person and hurl wooden splinters and branches at the intruder.1234 Some have described the creature as being so quick that it has never been seen.2 One reference describes the creature as having a "slender, wirely body, the villainous face of an ape, and arms like muscular whiplashes, with which it can snap off dead branches and hurl them through the air like shells from a six inch gun."4 The argopelter subsists on woodpeckers, hoot owls,4 high-holesclarification needed, and dozy (rotten) wood.3 Its pups are born on February 29 and always arrive in odd numbers.3


  1. ^ a b Wyman, Walker D. Mythical Creatures of the USA and Canada. (River Falls, WI: Univ of Wisconsin Riverfalls Press,1978.)
  2. ^ a b Cohen, Daniel. Monsters, Giants, and Little Men from Mars: An Unnatural History of the Americas. (New York: Doubleday, 1975)
  3. ^ a b c Tryon, Henry Harrington. Fearsome Critters. (Cornwall, NY: Idlewild Press, 1939)
  4. ^ a b c Cox, William T. with Latin Classifications by George B. Sudworth. Fearsome Creatures of the Lumberwoods. (Washington, D.C.: Judd & Detweiler Inc., 1910

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