Tired of the same old fantasy creatures?Medieval legend is full of bizarre beasts that can make for great inspiration for your fantasy story.
The cerastes is even more flexible than an ordinary serpent, and has horns protruding from the top of its head. There might be two, like those of a ram, or four small horns.
A cerastes will hide itself under the sand, with only the ends of its horns sticking up as a lure. When other animals come close thinking they've found food, the serpent quickly kills and eats them.
Now imagine the possible fantasy adaptations for such a creature. Animals are lured by food...what might lure larger prey, including human beings? Perhaps water in a desert environment...or glittering treasure. Maybe such a serpent would see us as an easy meal. Or with some intelligence it might have a more sinister motive. What do you think?