Pictures of Chupacabra are difficult to come by since many of the "real" Chupacabra images circulated have turned out to be mange-ridden coyotes. The public is left to wonder what this mythical creature may really look like. There are numerous "eyewitness" descriptions that artists have used to create their own illustrations.
Are these images a fair representation of the Chupacabra? Who can say, but looking at them certainly fires the imagination about the possibilities. The following images are not actual photos of Chupacabras, but renditions based on eyewitness descriptions.
Some eyewitnesses who swear they've had Chupacabra sightings claim the Chupacabra is dog-like and hairless with very small ears, something like the image pictured here. However, other witnesses describe a more vicious and unusual creature.
A Type of Wild Dog?
Another dog-type Chupacabra image incorporates the dark leathery skin and lack of fur mentioned in so many accounts of the creature. These reports also claim the creature had very long fang-like cuspids (also known as canine teeth).
A Demon, Perhaps
Does this image, with its glowing red eyes, offer a glimpse of what the creature may truly look like? Some of the early chupacabra reports described the creature as having a frightening demonic appearance.
A Genetic Experiment Gone Awry?
Sharp fangs and lizard-like skin are more staples of Chupcabra descriptions. Some people speculate the animal is the product of genetic experimentation being carried out in secret by the U.S. government.
A Living Gargoyle
Although this is an image of a stone gargoyle, some people think the general description of the Chupacabra is quite similar to these stone monsters. Is the Chup a living gargoyle, and could it have traveled across the ocean from Europe only to live a secretive existence in North and South America?
Is This the Goat Sucker?
Some reports claim the Chup has a semi-human form, and that it can either fly or leap great distances. Add to this image the claims that the creature sucks the blood of livestock, and it's easy to see why this legend has gained such traction in the public's imagination.
Puerto Rico Chupacabra
In the 1990s, a wave of Chupacabra reports swept Puerto Rico. Witnesses described the creature as having wings. Unlike the creature seen in the Southwest that's been compared to a hairless coyote with a few strange features, such as elongated canine teeth and longer back legs.
According to National Geographic, the 1990 Chupacabra reports described the creature as a bipedal. Eyewitnesses claimed the blood-sucking creature stood three feet tall and its spine had spikes running the entire length.
The famous Cuero Chupacabra was discovered dead in the road by Dr. Phyllis Canion (Texas). Dr Canion had the animal preserved by a taxidermist to display in her home.
Bipedal Spike Spine Chupacabra
The contrast between the original report of Chupacabra in Puerto Rico and the ones seen in southwestern United States raises the question, "Is the Chupacabra evolving or are these two different creatures?" Many Chupacabra enthusiasts believe these are two distinct creatures. Other people believe the Southwest Chupacabra is nothing more than a misidentified mangy coyote.
Coyote with Mange
It's easy to see how a coyote with mange could be misidentified as a Chupacabra due to its strange appearance. The parasitic mite infestation causes the coyote to lose its hair, leaving it with gray leathery skin.
Blood Sucking Chupacabra Characteristics
The terrifying tales of the Chupacabra's nocturnal attacks on livestock in Puerto Rico set off a wave of similar reports that spread across the southwest United States and continues to this day. This elusive cryptid with its strange physical characteristics remains a controversial topic.