Dragons: Ancient Greek Dragons

The dragons of ancient Greece were like huge serpents. They had no wings or legs.  The English word dragon comes from the Greek word “drakon.” This word originally meant huge serpent.


Ancient Greek dragons lived in caves near water. They often guarded springs, shrines and treasures. They had excellent eyesight and often slept with their eyes open.


They could grow up to forty metres in length and their body contained poisonous black gore. They had a golden crest on top of their head that flashed light and a triple-forked tongue that absorbed nutrients to make venom.


They would kill their victims by injecting venom into them with their fangs, or by squeezing them to death. They also made a blood-chilling hissing sound.


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