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Manticore

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Published: March 20, 2012
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Is it a lion?
Is it a human?
Is it a scorpion?

No it's a rodent.
Yes, surprisingly, the real manitcore is a rodent, his next relative is the maned rat from africa. And like this very interesting creature, the manticore eats the bark of Acokanthera oppositifolia and apply his, now toxic, saliva onto his tail bristles and mane. The bristles are loosely connected with the skin and are sometimes shoot through the air when the manticore swing his tail.
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dylan613Hobbyist Artist
So is this the next largest rodent alive today, along with the capybara? :)
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l o n g  t a i l

Nice!
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EmijpHobbyist General Artist
I like your very accurate profiles of Crypto animals. Like these animals are VERY much real, and that you've found them.
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Constrict0r12Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very, may I repeat, VERY creative.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Thanks :lol:
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CrownedDracuStudent Traditional Artist
i would not want to meet this thing in a dark alley.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Nobody would like that =D
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jummblHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, really cool! I thought Acokanthera oppositifolia was a South African plant, though? Am I wrong, or wasn't the manticore myth from eurasia and india?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
The german Wikipedia article states that it's common in arabia and africa...
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jummblHobbyist Digital Artist
Weird... the English Wikipedia article told me south Africa. I just skimmed though, so there's a chance I misread it!
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This is amazing, you just earned yourself a follower!:) (Smile) 
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horse14tHobbyist Digital Artist
How do you explain the 3 rows of teeth thing?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Manticores can bit very fast and strike several times when they feel endangered, the bite marks look like must more teeth than the animal actual have.
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horse14tHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh okay, cool
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I'd make it more carnivorous. In fact, I'll write my own scientific...legendary beast...thingy.
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I realy like your works, and they're realy funny!! Most of them almost make me believe the animal/monster is real xD because your explanation for the reason of the myth are realy great!!
And I don't wanna be a hater or anything but this one :/ I just didn't realy like it as nothing to do with a Manticore! I know you're suposed to make it credible but... there's no sign of lion body, scorpion tale, wings, or human face... the only thing you did was the bristles... even the size is super small. Sorry it's just my opinion.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
How I explain in one of my journals, I don't try to harmonize the myth and the science =) I respect your opinion, it's something which everyone must decide for themselves.
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;D anyway you just won a follower
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There were a lot of things that got lost in translation, weren't there?
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
For exmaple...?
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Well, for example, some people still think that this creature instead has the head of a human and the body of a lion.
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HyrotrioskjanProfessional General Artist
Something which I want to change =)
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