The Hydra's finally done!
The Lernaean Hydra is the water serpent monster who makes its home in the lake of Lerna in Argolid. It is one of the children of Echidna and Typhon, making it related to other Greek monsters like Cerberus, the Chimera, and the Nemean Lion. The exact number of heads it had varies. In later stories the Hydra had regenerative properties, for every head cut off a new head (or several) grew in its place. It's breath and blood is so poisonous that even its smell is dangerous, it pollutes any waterway it touches. Heracles, or Hercules, was sent to kill this serpent for his second labor. To protect himself against its poisonous fumes, Heracles covered his nose and mouth before entering its swamp. To lure the Hydra out, he shot flaming arrows into its cave. Heracles is either shown decapitating the heads with a sickle, sword, or his iconic club. When the heads kept growing back he called upon his nephew, Iolaus, for help. As Heracles hacked away a head Iolaus scorched and sealed the stump with firebrand. To finally defeat the Hydra, Heracles hacked away the last original head that made it immortal. He used the Hydra's blood to poison his arrows and complete his second task. Hera, who raised the serpent to kill Heracles, was so devastated when it died that she put it in the sky as the constellation Hydra.
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