It is not particularly surprising, really, that most magi-herpetological studies have been done by Parselmouths. When dealing with snakes, particularly venomous ones, and particularly magical venomous ones, being able to talk to, and reason with the snake is often the difference between life and death.

While some serpents, such as Ouroboros snakes, are generally harmless, there are some, such as the Dipsa – which are so venomous, and the bites of which are so tiny and fleeting, that one may not notice they have been struck – and the  Alicante which is known for its often parasitic preference in living. What is worse the magical nature of the venom of many magical snakes means they cannot easily be countered – Uraeus venom is a spectacular example of this.

As such this volume contains not only the findings of assorted wixes, but also excerpts of translated conversations with each of the magical snakes discussed in this volume.

 — Excerpt from Magical Snakes of the World by Vesta Scale.

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Hydra (Mythology)

  • A multiheaded serpent, usually depicted as limbless in older art (though later art adds limbs).
  • Begins the fight with multiple heads, with the number varying depending on the retelling, though nine is common.
  • Regrows two heads for every one cut off, unless the neck is burned.
  • Toxic, burning blood.

Hydra (Disney’s Hercules)

  • Has two arms.
  • Begins the fight with only a single head.
  • Regrows three heads for every one cut off.
  • Blood does not seem to be especially deadly.


  • Both fight and are slain by Heracles/Hercules.
  • Both are crushed under rocks.
  • Daughter of Echidna and Typhon.



Truly immense snakes, these creatures should not be mistaken for Bashe, as they are not quite of a size to eat an elephant. Instead Changshe are incredibly long, capable of winding around whole hills if they so wish. Some magizoologists have tried to argue that it is from Changshe that Basilisks got their immense length, others have argued that Changshe got their size from Basilisks. Others still, including several Parselmouths, report that Changshe stories contain no mention of snakes which could kill by sight, either in their ancestry or their descendants, and think it far more likely that the creatures are entirely separate in their origins.

Changshe are found in the mountains of China and often share territory with Long dragons, even devouring the remains of their meals. In this manner they find a kind of symbiosis; the Long provides the food, the Changshe ensures that large predators which might attempt to challenge or hunt the Long do not have any lingering carcasses to feed on. Many find the Changshe to be thus unremarkable, with no particularly evident or showy magic. To do so ignores some simple things, but ones which are so often ignored. Changshe are magical for their size could not be reached so quickly without magic, nor could they so easily survive mountains, and, further, if one attacks a Changshe one will find they are incredibly spell-resistant; if one truly wishes to take down a Changshe the best bet is to aim for the eyes or open mouth.

Garterkan by 000Fesbra000

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Smaugust Day 18: Chaos Dragon 🖤

A being of pure chaos and destruction, rumored to be the mother of all dragons. She can take any form imaginable and can destroy any type of matter. It is said in ancient texts; when she finally breaks free from her 10,000 year prison it will be the end of all life as we know it.


Smaugust Day 17: Mango Dragon ❤️🧡💛🍐

Mango Dragons are a tropical species that lives almost exclusively in trees and form tight nit communities. They care and watch over their young for the first 6 years of their life. The “fruits” under its wings are used to feed their young and can be thrown at predators.