The Crawfordsville monster was a dragon-like cryptid that was sighted over Crawfordsville, Indiana, in 1891. The creature writhed as though in great pain, "squirmed in agony", and sounded a "wheezing, plaintive noise" as it hovered at 300 feet.


Witnesses described a violently flapping "thing" with a flaming red "eye", twenty feet long and eight feet wide. Descriptions of the creature vary, with some accounts suggesting that it had no head, and others describing it as having glowing red eyes and hot breath. Accounts generally agree that it is a large rectangular creature, possibly eel like in appearance, with several undulating fins down the sides of its body. Witnesses at the second appearance described the creature as writhing and squirming, and as producing a wheezing sound, as if it were in pain.

Possible Explanations

Hypotheses include:

  • Flock of killdeer (CONFIRMED)


Evidence includes:

  • Eyewitness testimony


  • What is strange about the creature is that it has an eye in its mouth, three jaws, and it appears to be a cyclops. It also seems to be eel-like in shape, with feathery protrusions coming out of its sides and back.
  • The commonly-accepted explanation for the Crawfordsville Dragon is that it was a simple misidentification of a flock of killdeer, a species of bird.