Also known as Idrus
- Medieval (culture)
- Aquatic (attribute)
- Reptilian (attribute)
- Neutral (behaviour)
A serpent that appears in the medieval bestiaries. This beast lived in the River Nile of Egypt and had three heads. It was the enemy of the crocodile. To kill a crocodile it would roll in the mud. Believing it to be another creature that was easy target, the crocodile would swallow the triple-headed beast. Once inside the Hydrus would burst from the crocodile’s stomach killing it instantly. This beast is not to be confused with the Greek Hydra, which is a different creature.
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