Difference between revisions of "Cerastes"

From Citizendium
Jump to: navigation, search
m (Cerastes moved to Cerastes (mythology): Taking over this name for another page move.)
 
m (Add {{subpages}} and remove any categories (details))
 
(6 intermediate revisions by 5 users not shown)
Line 1: Line 1:
{{about|the mythological serpent|the genus of snakes|Cerastes (genus)}}
+
{{subpages}}
  
The '''Cerastes''' in Greek myth is a serpent that is incredibly flexible, so much so that it is said to have no spine. It can have either two large [[Ram (sheep)|ram]]-like horns or four pairs of smaller horns. The Cerastes hides its head in the sand with only the horns protruding out of the surface; this is meant to deceive other animals into thinking it is food. When the animal approaches the Cerastes, the Cerastes promptly kills it.
+
The '''Cerastes''' in [[Greek mythology]] is a [[serpent]] that is incredibly flexible, so much so that it is said to have no spine. It can have either two large [[Ram (sheep)|ram]]-like [[horn]]s or four pairs of smaller horns. The Cerastes hides its head in the sand with only its horns protruding; this is meant to deceive other animals into thinking it is food. When the animal approaches, the Cerastes promptly kills it.
  
The origin of the word is most likely from the [[Greek language|Greek]] word, ''kerata'', meaning ''horns'', and the myth is most likely derived from the habits of the snakes in the [[genus]] of the same name, [[Cerastes (genus)|Cerastes]]. Which are desert dwelling animals, which can have horn-like protrusions over their eyes, and are ambush predators, though not nearly large enough to take prey items much larger than a mouse or small lizard.
+
The origin of the word is most likely from the [[Greek language|Greek]] ''kerata'', "horns", and the myth is most likely derived from the habits of the snakes in the [[genus]] of the same name, [[Cerastes (genus)|Cerastes]]. These are desert-dwelling animals, which can have horn-like protrusions over their eyes, and are ambush predators, though not nearly large enough to take prey items much larger than a mouse or small lizard.
  
 
== References ==
 
== References ==
 
 
*[http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast532.htm Medieval Bestiary: Cerastes]
 
*[http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast532.htm Medieval Bestiary: Cerastes]
 
[[Category:Fictional snakes]]
 
 
 
{{Greek-myth-stub}}
 

Latest revision as of 09:57, 26 September 2007

This article is a stub and thus not approved.
Main Article
Discussion
Related Articles  [?]
Bibliography  [?]
External Links  [?]
Citable Version  [?]
 
This editable Main Article is under development and subject to a disclaimer.

The Cerastes in Greek mythology is a serpent that is incredibly flexible, so much so that it is said to have no spine. It can have either two large ram-like horns or four pairs of smaller horns. The Cerastes hides its head in the sand with only its horns protruding; this is meant to deceive other animals into thinking it is food. When the animal approaches, the Cerastes promptly kills it.

The origin of the word is most likely from the Greek kerata, "horns", and the myth is most likely derived from the habits of the snakes in the genus of the same name, Cerastes. These are desert-dwelling animals, which can have horn-like protrusions over their eyes, and are ambush predators, though not nearly large enough to take prey items much larger than a mouse or small lizard.

References