It is also referenced in the kojiki, the oldest book about the history of Japan.
In Popular Culture
It makes an appearance in the video games Metal Gear Solid 3, Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain and Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops, in which it is edible, and you can also keep it for some unlockables. It has also appeared as an enemy in the Castlevania series which is known to include several popular cryptids. Dunsparce, the Land Snake Pokémon, is also based on the Tsuchinoko. It is also a yokai in Yo-Kai Watch, which known as "Noko" in the English localization.In the Space Dandy episode " Nobody knows the Chameleon alien, Baby" QT discovers his love for Tsuchinoko fishing, which lead him to catching an extremely rare alien that had shape-shifted into a tsuchinoko. It even appears in an online fake dead Japanese creature carcass website.