Hydrus Ladontus Picture

The Egyptian Hydra (Ladon)

Length: 30ft
Weight: 3-5 tons
Height: 10ft
Location: Morocco, Egypt, Israel, Saudi Arabia, Argentina
Period: Eocene - Quaternery

Hydras evolved from the same ancestors as modern snakes, which first appeared in the late cretaceous period. Then, as now, the suffered from the mutation in which one is born with multiple heads. However, 65 million years ago, many of these creatures found an advantage to having multiple heads when it came to hunting, sleeping, & other activities that would otherwise benefit having another set of eyes looking out.

On average, a usual hydra is born with an even number of heads, but they will lose one of them in the first 2 weeks following hatching. Out of all the heads left, the one closest to the center will become the dominate head. This implies that he has the largest set of horns or crests, controls most of the body, sets the pace for the heart-rate, & eats all of the food while the others maintain watch. This even allows the head to continue eating the kill even as the other heads fight off the scavengers trying to take it away from them.

Unfortunatly, in contrast to the myths, they don't grow two heads back upon being severed. Once it's removed, it's gone for good. In fact, it's often how territorial disputes are settled. Whoever seperates the opponants dominate head wins the territory. Often, many hydras loose their heads completly until only one remains by the end of their lives.
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