Fresno Nightcrawler

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The Fresno Nightcrawler is an unidentified creature caught walking through a Fresno yard in 2007 on a surveillance camera. In 2011, another sighting was reported in Yosemite park.


In 2007, a man known only as Jose woke up in the middle of the night to a dog barking. As he checked his front lawn using his surveillance camera, Jose saw what would later be called the Fresno Nightcrawler.

The creature, which walked slowly across Jose's lawn, was white, had two long legs and a head like a wishbone and appeared to be anywhere from 3 to 5 feet tall. After watching the footage, many compare its movements to a daddy long legs, noting that its legs appear to be bending backwards. It also appears to be billowy as if there is fabric draped across its body.

Jose contacted the television network Univision and a reporter did a follow up. Neither could figure out how to duplicate the tape, so she recorded the television screen playing the footage which resulted in a further distorted version. He was interviewed about the creature, but did not want to be on camera and refused to have his entire name be released.[1]

The original video is no longer available and Jose has since passed away. The oldest "Fresno Nightcrawler" video available on YouTube was posted July 30, 2010 and is an enhanced version of the original.[2]

Paranormal investigator Victor Camacho visited Jose's house a few months after and launched his own investigation. He believes the first sighting is real and gave a presentation at a Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) conference.[3]

April 3, 2011 another video was posted of supposed nightcrawlers. The video description states the following:

A retired couple was having trouble with break-ins in their Yosemite private property and aimed their security camera at the driveway to video visitors. They caught these things on their security camera and called me over to see because they know I am interested in the paranormal. They gave me this digital copy but I can't figure out what the crap they are! They remind me of the Fresno Stick-like creatures but they seem to transfer weight and there are two here. Is one a baby? What are these!? Nightcrawlers? Stickmen? Something new? What?[4]


Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files covered the phenomenon in a 2010 episode. Despite various attempts, they were unable to recreated the footage and stated it was, "unexplainable."[5]

On March 24, 2012, YouTube creator Captain Dillusion posted a video breaking down the original Nightcrawler video. He recreated the scene by walking down an alleyway with a watermelon, then edited the footage by adding distortion and cropping out his torso. [6] The recreation was done to demonstrate how simple it was to create a hoax and Captain Dillusion notes that he should have worn pants to better emulate the footage.

Similarly, on June 19, 2015, Youtuber ParaBreakdown posted his own dissection of the urban legend. He notes the creature as "bobbing as swaying as if it is on a wire." Using puppets, bed sheets and a pulley system, he recreated the footage successfully.[7]

Paranormal Theories[edit]

The Fresno Nightcrawler's classification as either a cryptid or an extraterrestrial is a contested topic among paranormalists, however the two distinctions broadly overlap. Because little is known about the figure, it is most often categorized as a cryptid, because many use the term cryptid as an umbrella term referring to unidentified beings. A search for 'Fresno Nightcrawler' lends to many articles, notably one from a local Fresno newspaper, the Fresno Bee in which paranormal investigator Victor Chamaco believes it may be a "'extraterrestrial insectoid,' approximately 3 feet tall and resembling a praying mantis." [1]

Other theorists have posited that the Fresno Nightcrawler has been confirmed by Native American myth. These theories are been largely unsubstantiated, and do not align with actual Native American myth. Sources of the rumor that Native American myth validates the existence of the Fresno Nightcrawler seems to be a statue outside of a California DMV. This photo of a wooden carving is frequently used to spread misinformation, as used in a Ranker article on the myth [8]. The photo actually shows an art statue in Yosemite Park.

Popular Culture[edit]

In online cryptozoology circles, the Fresno Nightcrawler has become known for its unique description. An article on the myth exists on Fandom, a popular site for fans to create guides and documentation on various form of media. Products featuring Mothman also often feature the Fresno Nightcrawler. While Mothman certainly has more notoriety, both are beloved as "cute" cryptids.


  1. 1.0 1.1 George, Carmen (October 19, 2018). "Bigfoot, Chupacabra, and … Fresno Nightcrawler? Walking pants bring Fresno freaky fame". The Fresno Bee. Retrieved April 1, 2020. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  2. Fresno Alien, Nightcrawler, Stick Figure Surveilence Analysis - Higher Quality, retrieved 2020-04-01
  3. Nightcrawler Caught on Video in Fresno, retrieved 2020-04-01
  4. Strange Alien Stick-like creatures caught on security camera above Fresno in Yosemite National Park, retrieved 2020-04-01
  5. Fact or Faked: Paranormal Files - Unwanted Visitors / Strange Sightings, retrieved 2020-04-01
  6. Quick D: Fresno Nightcrawlers, retrieved 2020-04-01
  7. the "Fresno Nightcrawler" video, retrieved 2020-04-01
  8. "Fresno Nightcrawlers Are Terrorizing The Dark, And They're Spreading Far From California". Ranker. Retrieved 2020-06-21.

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