Gargoyles (Family: Bestialapidae)Edit
Possibly a species of pygmy domesticated dragon, gargoyles actually cannot fly but are extremely agile and able to leap great distances, which may give them the illusion of flight. In fact, their movement is very similar to a monkey swinging through a jungle canopy. While not aquatic in makeup, they are efficient and excellent swimmers.
Only active at night, the gargoyle has adapted itself to remaining still for long periods of time so as to better guard the buildings on which it perches. With a stony skin that mimics brick and plaster, gargoyles are not affixed to building tops, but grip hold of them with incredible strength. Even though there may appear to be many gargoyles on a rooftop, only one will be a living creature.
They always look for the highest roots possible, usually on cathedrals, skyscrapers or other tall buildings.
- Spitting Gargoyle (Ecclesiahalitans despuens)
- Greater Gargoyle (Scientific Name Unknown)
- Dwarf Gargoyle (Ecclesiahalitans nanus)
- Long-Necked Gargoyle (Ecclesiahalitans longicolleus)
Arthur Spiderwick encountered at least four individual Gargoyles while working with the Field Guide: one Spitting Gargoyle in an unknown location, one Greater Gargoyle living on a giant cathedral in the German city of Cologne, one Dwarf Gargoyle of a bank in New York City, and one Long-Necked Gargoyle that lived on an old cathedral in Paris (possibly Notre Dame).