This patient predator takes full advantage of its quasicorporeal structure as it lies in wait for prey, its "spring loading" jaws spread wide mere millimeters beneath the ground, behind a wall or just within any object large enough to conceal its bulk.
When a living or paraliving bioform treads within striking distance, the monster releases its tense jaw muscles and solidifies its particle matrix to clamp shut on the victim like a crushing vice. With the rest of its body still molecularly enmeshed in its hiding place, the Snappergeist becomes a virtually immovable trap, and if prey proves exceptionally bothersome, the ectosaur can deliver several thousand volts of electricity through its luminous tongue.
Less intelligent prey is often lured directly to the monster's maw as its tongue flicks in and out of visibility.
Snappergeist slime is lime green and somewhat runny, with a taste and smell like bile.
The Snappergeist has few interests outside hiding and feeding, but has been known to raid kitchens and pantries for between-prey snacks, belching loudly in the night.
A Snappergeist's hiding spot may appear slightly damp with residual slime, and a sensitive enough creature may detect subtle, moist puffs of "breath" coming from what otherwise resembles a solid surface.
TRAP JAWS: the Snappergeist has incredibly powerful jaws that clamp, crush and hold with seemingly limitless strength.
ELECTROSHOCK: the monster's tongue can produce a paralyzing shock to subdue tougher prey.
CONCEALMENT: a Snappergeist is exceptionally adept at hiding behind surfaces for extended periods.
Contents copyright Jonathan Wojcik