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Illustration of a Runespoor from the beast size chart

Bright orange, three-headed snakes once popular among Dark Wizards

Runespoors fact file




Has three heads, bright orange scales and black stripes. Can grow up to seven feet in length.

Magic Abilities

Its eggs are used in potions that stimulate mental agility

Typical Habitats

The forests of Burkina Faso, Africa


Was once a popular pet among Dark Wizards and Parselmouths

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A three-headed serpent, the Runespoor commonly reaches a length of six or seven feet.


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Paper model of a Runespoor

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The Runespoor rarely reaches a great age, as the heads tend to attack each other. It is common to see a Runespoor with the right head missing, the other two heads having banded together to bite it off.

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