The Ziggleoppagus is known as South America’s most vicious and deadly rodent. Native to the Aplaricca Rainforest, the Ziggleoppagus dwells under heaps of brush and inside hollow tree trunks where it preys on insects when it cannot feast of human flesh. The Ziggleoppagus earned its name when native tribes noticed its quick, dodging, zig-zag hunting techniques used to confuse its prey before spewing paralyzing venom directly onto the prey’s face. While paralyzed, the rodent will eat its victim’s fingers and toes.

Weighing in at around four pounds and about a foot long, the Ziggleoppagus appears deceivingly non-threatening. It is often camouflaged with its surroundings with its plush brown and olive splotched fur coat, but can be spotted by its trademark quarter-sized glowing yellow eyes that shoot a paralyzing elixir. The Ziggleoppagus has two rows of small diamond-sharp teeth that are used to gnaw through flesh and slice bone.

It’s responsible for the death of more than 1,000 toddlers and elderly per year, as it preys on the slowest of the indigenous tribal members of the Robundi Clan who roam the Aplaricca. Toddlers often mistake the Ziggleoppagus to its amicable cousin, the Zigglepie, which are kept as pets and not poisonous.

Initially, the Ziggleoppagus was benign toward humans, only feasting on the extremities monkeys and chimpanzees. However severe rainforest destruction in the Aplaricca within the past 20 years has caused a decrease in primates as their rates of extinction doubles yearly. Consequently, the Ziggleoppagus has lost many food sources and has been forced to attack the Robundi Clan at alarming rates. Their small stature allows the Ziggleoppagus to sneak into huts where it can reach stagnant humans.

Melanie Martinez