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Lamia

Found in Greek mythology, the Lamia is an evil serpent with the head and upper torso of a woman.  She preys on human flesh and sucks the blood from children.

A female vampire is also known as a lamia.

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Lizard

photo courtesy of John White

There are numerous lizards. Everything from teeny-tiny to huge monsters. Some have horns and some are even legless. Most lizards have scaly elongated bodies with tapering tails and moveable eyelids. However, there are lizards with short thick tails and some void of scales. Lizard tongues also vary, some are forked and some are clubbed-shaped.

Notable lizards

Monitor lizard
A large tropical carnivore found in Africa, Asia, and Australia. The Komodo dragon is a monitor lizard that lives only on Komodo, a small Indonesian island.

Gila monster
One of two known venomous lizards. (The other is the beaded lizard.) The Gila monster is native to the deserts of the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. They have large heads, thick bodies, thick tails, and bead-like scales that cover their bodies.

Gecko (picture below)
A small tropical or subtropical lizard whose toes are expanded and padded with setae allowing them to scale walls and scurry about ceilings. They are harmless.

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Millipede

Millipedes are any arthropod with a cylindrical body and between 20 and 100 (or more) body segments. Usually each segment has two pairs of legs. These creatures are herbivores and nonpoisonous.  They take their name from the Latin mille for thousand andped for foot.

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Mummy

Mummification is the ancient practice of preserving the dead by Egyptians.  The process includes removing the organs and fluids of the deceased.  The body is then wrapped and placed in the tomb where can it rise to a higher plain.  Mummified cats have been found as well.

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Necromancer

A necromancer is one who communicates with the dead in order to predict the future.  They are believed to have the ability to animate the dead.  It is also a name used for sorcerers, magicians, and wizards.

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Newt

A newt is a small aquatic salamander. Salamanders have elongated bodies, four feet, and a long tail but they have no scales. An old wife’s tale suggested that the salamander could live in fire without harm. There are many varieties. In America, the Diemictylus viridescens is one of the most prolific species.

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Nightshade

Nightshade, the genus Solanum, includes many species of plants such as tomatoes and potatoes. However, Solanum nigrum refers to deadly nightshade, a poisonous perennial plant. The plant contains large amounts of alkaloid atropine. It is a low branching weed with reddish, bell-shaped flowers, and shinny black berries. The extracts of the leaves and roots were once used by women to dilate their pupils, giving this plant the nickname Belladonna (beautiful lady in Italian). This plant has also been used as a poison, a sedative, and as a hallucinogen. It is a native of Europe but now grows wild in the United States.

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Ogre

An ogre is a hideous giant in legends and fairy tales that eats human beings. In Greek mythology the Cyclops, a one-eyed giant, would be a type of ogre.

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