Wyvern

dragon of Wales and England.

Etymology: From the Old French guivre and the Latin vipera ("snake").

Physical description: Two-legged dragonlike animal. Single pair of wings. Barbed tail.

Behavior: Moves with an arching motion. Sits on its tail. Fond of sunning itself. Travels on land in search of food.

Tracks: Leaves a slimy trail.

Distribution: Llyn Cynwch, Gwynedd, Wales; Mordiford, Herefordshire; other locations.

Significant sighting: Said to have been killed in ancient times on the slopes of Moel Offrum.

Sources: Isaac Foulkes, ed., "Cymru fu": Yn cynwys hanesion, traddodiadau, yn nghyda chwedlau a dammhegion cymreig (Wrexham, Wales: Hughes and Son, 1872?); Bernard Henderson and Stephen Jones, Wonder Tales of Ancient Wales (London: Phillip Allan, 1921); F. W. Holiday, The Dragon and the Disc (New York: W. W. Norton, 1973), pp. 85-86; Janet and Colin Bord, "Llyn Cynwch, Gwynedd," Fortean Times, no. 77 (October-November 1994): 46; Karl Shuker, Dragons: A Natural History (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1995), pp. 48-51.

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