The amphisbaena is an imaginary creature
of historical Greece —a toxic snakeor lizardlike being with a head at every finish of its physique. It could be an ancestor to the pushmi-pullyu character within the Doctor Doolittle books or to the cartoon character Catdog.
In medieval bestiaries, that are catalogs of actual and imaginary animals and birds, the amphisbaena is described as a serpent (or generally as a lizard or perhaps a cross between a hen and a snake) with a head at every finish of its physique and brightly shining eyes. Its title is Greek for “goes both ways,” and the assumption in such a creature goes again no less than to the ﬁrst century B.C.E.in Greece and Rome.
The amphisbaena is claimed to eat ants, which maybe provides a touch as to its true origin.Anteaters have tails that may very well be mistaken for a second head.
For the amphisbaena to journey swiftly, it held one head within the different’s mouth and rolled. If it was chopped in half, the 2 components joined up once more. Unlike true reptiles, the amphisbaena may survive in chilly temperatures.
The creature additionally was believed to have medicinal properties. According to custom, carrying a dwell amphisbaena would defend a toddler within the womb—though how this was decided is difﬁcult to say. Wearing a useless amphisbaena was supposed to remedy rheumatism.
There is an actual amphisbaena that was named for the legendary one. This amphisbaena is a kind of legless lizard discovered within the tropical Americas that burrows within the earth. Unlike its imaginary cousin, it has just one head, however its tail is claimed to resemble a head.