The Chupacabra is a reptile-like being. It has leathery or scaly greenish-gray skin, with a row of sharp spines reaching from its neck to the base of the tail. It stands three to four foot high and hops similarly to a kangaroo. It has a dog or panther link nose and face, a forked tongue with large fangs. It screeches when alarmed and has a strong sulfuric scent to it. When the Chupacabra screeches its eyes glow red and makes the witness overcome by nausea.
Another description is a strange breed of wild dog, mostly hairless and has a pronounced spinal ridge and eye sockets, fangs and claws.
The first reported attacks were in March 1995 in Puerto Rico. It was reported that eight sheep were killed and had three puncture wounds to the chest. They were all completely drained of their blood. A few months later in August, it was reported that 150 farm animals and pets were attacked and killed in the town of Canovanas.
In 1975 there were similar killings in the town of Moca. These killing were attributed to the vampire of Moca. Animals had been killed and their bodies bled dry through small circular incisions.
The Chupacabra has been sighted in America, Russia, Philippines, Chile, Mexico and others.
There have been many photos of an animal that is thought to be a Chupacabra. A lot of these photos have come from Texas. In July 2010, Hood County, TX animal control officers shot what was reported to be a Chupacabra. Texas A&M University scientists conducted test and indentified the animals as a coyote-dog hybrid with mange and internal parasites.
October 2010 University of Michigan biologist Barry O’Connor said that all of the Chupacabra’s reported were coyotes infected with a parasite Sarcoptes Scabiei, symptoms which explain the features of the Chupacabra. The coyotes would have little hair, thickened skin, and a foul odor. Animals with the parasite would be greatly weakened and would prefer to attack farm animals because they are easier prey than wild animals.
In 2010 Benjamin Radford revealed that Madelyne Tolentino, the original eyewitness, had described a creature she had recently seen in the film Species as the Chupacabra. Radford believes the popular image of the Chupacabra, one appearing on thousands of books, magazines and websites is in fact based on a science fiction film and seriously undermines the credibility of the Chupacabra as a real animal.