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Amphisbaena

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Amphisbaena
(Creature)
Type Magical beast
CR 4
Environment Temperate hills or underground
Alignment

Source: Bestiary 2, pg(s). 25

Amphisbaenas are magical snakes that have a head at each end of their body.

Appearance

Amphisbaenas look like very large vipers, often reach lengths of 14 feet, weighing upwards of 250 pounds,[1] but specimens of nearly twice that size have been spotted along the northern shores of the Inner Sea.[2] The one thing that separates them from other oversized snakes is that they have two heads, one at each end of their body. Amphisbaena scales tend to be a very dark bluish-black colour.[1]

Habitat and ecology

According to some tales, amphisbaenas come from the blood of medusae. While this is viewed by most scholars as mere legend they do have a limited resistance to petrification, which makes them a favored pet of medusae. Unlike most snakes, amphisbaenas are very aggressive, with both heads able to act independently. They attack with quick, deadly venomous bites, whirling and twisting so their attacks can come from any direction, which keeps their opponents on guard. They even move with a strange coiling crawl, more like that of a sidewinder than the vipers they resemble. Amphisbaenas lay eggs similar to mundane snakes, and while these eggs can fetch a decent price at market, amphisbaenas are exceptionally difficult creatures to train.[1]

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