What Are Creeper Shrooms
There’s a lot of debate as to whether this strain actually deserves the title of strain or not.
Let me explain what happened.
The Keeper was a frequent user on the mushroom cultivation forum Shroomery.org where he would often sell spores to other growers. He would brand the products he sold as “Keepers X” and at one time had a decent selection of strains to choose from.
However, starting around 2014, the Keeper started receiving a lot of flack for allegedly rebranding already infamous and ubiquitous mushroom strains and jacking up the price (in some instances, as high as $80 for a spore syringe that would normally cost around $15–$25).
As a result of this, it’s unclear whether Keepers Creepers (the original name) was truly a unique strain or not. Many experts speculate it’s actually the Cambodian strain rebranded. Others suggest they might be a copy of either the Hawaiian strain or Tasmanian strain.
Regardless, Keepers Creepers is still around, but most vendors have dropped the name (and the obnoxiously high price) and just sell them as “Creepers.”
Creeper shrooms are consider to be quite potent. Most users describe the trip they produce as unlike anything else they’ve ever experienced. Some trip reports suggest that the experience is a bit “darker” than they’ve experienced with other strains — they have a tendency to quite literally “creep up on you.”
Whether this is due to the influence of the mushroom’s name or something else, nobody knows.
The Difference Between Strains & Species
There is some confusion about the terms “strains” and “species” in the world of magic mushrooms, but they refer to very different things.
The term “strain” refers to a genetic sample of mushrooms that have isolated to have distinct phenotypical differences. The traits that are commonly repeatable within a strain include stem length and width, cap size, cap shape, psilocybin and psilocin content, and growth patterns.
The term “species” in magic mushrooms refers to a genetically unique sample of mushrooms. Species can exhibit unique and repeatable characteristics as well, but they are attributed instead to differences in genetics and not growing conditions.
Most plants cultivated by humans have strains. Consider heirloom tomatoes or the difference between a Granny Smith apple from a Macintosh apple. Likewise, there are virtually endless strains of cannabis, kava, and kratom.
All of the strains listed for these plants are unique but remain classified within one individual species (Solanum lycopersicum, Malus pumila, Cannabis sativa, Piper methysticum, and Mitragyna speciosa, respectively).
Magic mushrooms are the same. When we discuss a magic mushroom strain, we’re referring to phenotypically distinct members of the Psilocybe cubensis genus. Other species of psychoactive fungi include Psilocybe argentipes, Psilocybe azurescens, Psilocybe mexicana, Panaeolus cambodginiensis, Gymnopilus aeruginosus, and literally hundreds of others.
Where to Buy Creeper Shroom Spores
Despite the Creeper strain not being quite as popular or sought-after as many other strains, spore samples for collecting or cultivating these shrooms are readily available.