Glasshopper

Item #: SCP-XXXX

Object Class: Euclid

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-XXXX is contained in a standard, 5x5x5 meter concrete cell with a solitary door and in-wall lighting, covered on the inside by thin metal plating. No foreign objects or protruding fixtures are to be placed in the cell. Persons entering the cell must wear the appropriate body armor designed for this specific purpose, with anti-whiplash strappings securely fastened (any complaints about limited movement of head or limbs are to be ignored; the straps are to be used, no exceptions). Such persons are not allowed to bring any objects, including recording devices, weaponry, or even pen and paper, with them.

SCP-XXXX is only to be fed with jello or pudding. It prefers strawberry and vanilla, respectively.

Description: SCP-XXXX was captured in █████████, ████-██-██, and has since been kept in a cell at ████████. The cell is constantly being reevaluated, and SCP-XXXX has been moved to a new cell on more than one occassion. Movement procedures involve highly advanced restraints and containment of SCP-XXXX in a sealed steel box for transport. Only personnel trained to handle SCP-XXXX specifically are to be used in such transport.

The "Glasshopper" is a bipedal lifeform about 1.5 meters in height and 120kg in weight. The name was given based on the two most distinctive features of SCP-XXXX: It hops around wildly, being capable of clinging to vertical walls for up to 20 seconds and very fond of hopping from wall to wall without ground contact. However, when doing so, it often smashes hard against walls, seemingly on purpose, shattering parts of its physical form. This scatters bits and pieces of itself around the cell.

The nickname "Glasshopper" is colloquial, it is not made of glass. All study of bits of SCP-XXXX indicates that it, or at least its outer layers of mass, is entirely organically produced crystalline matter. In other words, it grows a crystal mass on its body just as humans grow skin and hair. Because SCP-XXXX does not react to tranquilizers or other methods of incapacitation at all, thorough study of its body has been impossible. Observation of the shattering of multiple layers of its crystalline "skin" have revealed a softer, more malleable structuer underneath, but even when actively smashed by personnel to reveal this subcrystalline body, only basic information has been obtained. The softer body seems to also be of a crystalline nature, but that is the limit of knowledge at this time.

Problems arose with containment when it became apparent that SCP-XXXX is intelligent, at least to the level of apes and chimpanizees. It is capable of using simple tools, but mainly uses its own shattered skin. One such use is for SCP-XXXX to scatter precisely calculated size crystalline skin across a surface and then spin or rub against it, excessively and constantly. This allows it to effectively "sand down" any such surface, destroying it completely. SCP-XXXX has thus destroyed surfaces made of reinforced concrete, and can go through steel at 0.3 centimeters per day. This is the main reason for restricting visitors or cell designers from bringing items of any sort into SCP-XXXX's cell: It will smash them and use the bits to grind surfaces. Removinig bits from the cell is difficult, and more bits mean more grinding material.

During early captivity, SCP-XXXX was thought to be hostile to humans or other living beings entering its cell (and by presumed extention, its proximity in the wild). Several guards were picked up by SCP-XXXX as it flung itself against walls, maiming or killing the guards. However, primate psychologist Dr ███████ has examined SCP-XXXX's behaviour closely and concluded that it is only "playing". From this it has been assumed that the violent flinging of others is part of growing up for creatures like SCP-XXXX. This is important information for the tracking and capturing of other Glasshoppers in the wild. A MTF team, Upsilon-8 a.k.a. "Bodybaggers", is permanently assigned to the area in which SCP-XXXX was captured, but have yet to find other samples of its species.