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A Manticore is a legendary creature similiar to a sphinx but described as a lion with the head of an old man, rows of incredibly sharp teeth and a tail that can fire deadly quills at its victim.

A Manticore is often seen as dangerous and predatory, using its quills to poison or paralyse a victim before devouring them with its many rows of teeth - many people used to blame missing people on this beast and it may of had some inspiration from the rare phenomena of man-eating lions and tigers.

Manticore can be also be depicted as having wings, horns or both and although they are usually described as having the paws of a normal lion some depict them with the feet of dragons - the tail can either resemble that of a scorpion or that of a dragon.

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