The Jaculus, derived from the Latin word meaning thrown, also known as the amphiptere, Greek for winged both ways, is thought to be a winged serpent believed by many Middle Eastern communities to be the hoarder of all the knowledge in the universe. Some researchers have made the connection between the Jaculus and the larger in size coatl of Aztec Mythology and the even larger still Wyverns of medieval times.
The Jaculus was first described by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History book as being a snake like creature which can hurl itself from trees, making it not only dangerous to the feet but making it able to fly through the air like a missile from a catapult. The Jaculus is also described as being roughly 9 feet in length, have a pair of relatively small wings situated near the top of its spine, and a twin set of tongues, one of which is allegedly barbed.
Rumored to dwell in Arabian spice trees, Frankincense in particular, the Jaculus is thought to use the tree as a vantage point for lunging down onto its prey. The Jaculus is also said to collect shiny objects, such as precious gems and gold, leaving some investigators to speculate that the creature may not be a winged serpent at all, but more of a serpentine shaped bird. Considering the connections made between modern birds and ancient reptiles in recent years this theory may not be as far fetched as it sounds.
However it is more likely that the legend of the Jaculus spawned from the over exaggerated accounts by early explorers regarding the Southeast Asian flying snake known as the Chrysopelea paradisi or Paradise Snake, these strange reptiles employ a unique form of flight, during which they flatten there bodies and hurl themselves into the air, gliding to the ground or near by branch.
No evidence of the Jaculus existence has been found to date; however the creature can be found in several countries mythology under different names and may have some basis in reality. If the theory which suggests that the Jaculus is simply the misidentification of the Paradise Snake is correct then this creature may come out of myth and into reality under the guise of a new name.
No documented sightings of the Jaculus could be located at this time.
The Stats (Where applicable)
Classification: Hybrid / Serpent
Size: Roughly 9 feet in length
Location: Saudi Arabia
Movement: Winged flight and undulating movement
Environment: Arabian Spice Trees