The Watersnake (female)

Hydra Constellation

The Brighter Stars of Hydra

The Story

Hercules' Labors

The monstrous Hydra figures in the second Labor of Hercules.

No Problem Losing Its Head...

The Hydra was a multiheaded snakelike monster that lived in the marshes near the town of Lerna. The Hydra was the result of a mating between the monster Typhon and the Echidna, which was a creature that was half snake and half woman. The Hydra was difficult to kill, because when one head was cut off, two more heads grew back out of the stump of the old one.

Slaying the Hydra

Hercules was able to slay the monster with the aid of his charioteer Iolaus, who burned the stumps with a torch as Hercules cut off the heads of the monster. It was said that one of the heads of the monster was immortal. So after cutting off that head, Hercules buried it under a large rock.

The Poison Arrows

After slaying the monster, Hercules cut open its body and soaked the heads of this arrows in the poisonous blood of the monster's body.  

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Dept. of Physics, Astronomy, and Engineering Science,
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