​Erik Sprague (born June 12, 1972),[1] better known as The Lizardman, is an American freak show and sideshow performer, best known for his body modification, including his sharpened teeth, full-body tattoo of green scales, bifurcated tongue, subdermal implants and recently, green-inked lips. Rumors that he hoped to get a tail transplant have been debunked by Erik himself, who states that it would be impossible.

The Lizardman is a professional freak, performing before audiences live, and on television.

Early life

The Lizardman was born in Fort Campbell, KY, and was a Ph.D. candidate at the University at Albany before beginning his transformation.[1] He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.[1]


As a professional freak, Sprague became famous for his heavy body modifications, including tongue bifurcation and tattooing.[2] He regularly performs many classic sideshow acts such as the human blockhead, fire eating and breathing, gavage, sword swallowing, the bed of nails, the Human Dartboard, the cranial corkscrew, and the insectivore.

Sprague participates in many public and private flesh hook suspension groups and events, and is highly involved in the body modification community. He also writes articles on the Body Modification E-zine.[3] His rock band, LIZARD SKYNYRD, released an album in late 2010 and performed in many tours around the world.

Erik recently gained the official Guinness World Record for 'Most weight lifted and swung from the ear lobes' on the set of 'Lo Show dei Record' in Milan, Italy on 19 Jun 2014. He also regularly performs with other sideshow celebrities and world record holders such as The Space Cowboy.

Sprague is featured in many of the "Ripley's Believe It Or Not" books and TV shows. As part of his work with the company, there is a life size statue of him in many of the company's museums.[4]

The Lizardman has toured with The Jim Rose Circus and hosted the Jägermeister Music Tour, with bands including Disturbed, Slayer, and Slipknot.[1]

Personal life

He resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife Meghan and their pet ferrets.


Year Title Role Notes
2005 [5] Modify Himself Documentary about body modification
2007 Boxboarders! Himself
2008 Sideshow Still Alive Himself
2017 Song to Song Travel Agent Credited as Erik Sprague


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Himself Appeared in one episode
2004 Taboo Himself TV Series documentary
2008 Weird, True & Freaky Himself One episode
2010 50 Greatest Plastic Surgery Shockers Himself TV Movie documentary