Vicious Serpents of Legend - Terrifying Mythical Snake Monsters - Odd Nugget
Twisting and writhing their way through the wheels of time, the incredible snake beasts described in this post have certainly earned their right to be remembered.
From snakes with wings to insect-eating monsters of yore... The serpentine creatures covered below are everything you never ever want to encounter and more.
Keep your distance from these brutes or face the consequences. Unless of course you speak parseltongue...
Amphiptere in Europe
Whether or not this mythical winged serpent ever actually existed is hard to say for sure...
The amphiptere was mostly used as a heraldic ornament steeped in occult symbolism. Basically, drawings of these snakes were used as parts of official seals and crests in Europe.
Amphipteres were said to have snake bodies and yellow-green feathers, but as with another creature on this list, they were often depicted as something closer to a chicken.
Medieval illustrators must have loved chickens...
Ikuchi in Japan
This sea-dwelling creature of Japanese legend resembles an eel, but it's missing its head.
It isn't a gory mess of blood spurting all over the place, though... Apparently, it just doesn't have a head.
I know, it's weird...
According to stories told about this mythical sea-beast, it's pretty long - like multiple kilometers long - and it oozes adhesive oil.
Mind you, not everyone agrees with this description, as Negishi Shizumori's "Mimibukuro" points to this serpent-like creature actually going around in a loop. Kind of like a water-dwelling ourobouros.
The immense length and borderline mindless behavior of the Ikuchi lead to it geting tangled up on boats' bows, covering them in copious amounts of gross, sticky oil.
Amphisbaena in Ancient Greece
This bizarre being sports two heads and an appetite for insects.
The Amphisbaena is more than just a mouthful, it gorges itself on mouthfuls of ants, earning the name "Mother of Ants". Though I doubt many mothers would willingly eat their own babies.
This creature comes from the Greek legend surrounding Medusa, whose bloody, dripping head wrought havoc wherever the blood fell, in the form of freakish monsters.
Besides the mystery of how one of its heads handles potty time, a number of things are strange about the Amphisbaena...
It not only eats ants, but also dead bodies, scavenger style.
Interestingly, it has also been depicted with two chicken feet and wings.
Oh, and its two heads apparently spit deadly venom. Cause, why not, right?
Meeting any of the slithery serpents above isn't likely to be a whole lot of fun.
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