The Manticore had the deformed head of a human, similar to that of an ogre. Inside it’s over-sized mouth were three rows of shark-like teeth. This enabled them to eat prey very efficiently.
Its body was that of a huge, muscular lion with a generous hairy mane around its neck. Along with this – it was equipped with extremely long and deadly sharp claws.
The tail was that of an enormous scorpion. On top of being poisonous it could shoot venom filled spikes at its victims from a fair distance.
A little scary? Why yes – the Manticore could kill and devour a human in just a few quick bites.
This monstrous beast was greatly feared. But, not only because of its fatal powers though. The fear was fueled by the fact that it had a hunger and taste strictly for human flesh.
Why does the description of this ferocious creature vary from story to story? Because not a single known victim unfortunate enough to encounter this man-eating beast ever escaped to tell about it.
Young Martichoras were hunted so that their tails could be crushed with a stone. This would leave the young unable to grow poisonous spines.
What about their nasty teeth and claws? Sounds like they would still be left capable of causing gruesome fatalities.
Manticore - In The Movies
PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS
2013 Starring Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Alexandra Daddario, Jake Abel, Leven Rambin & Douglas Smith. In this movie Luke, the Camp Leader and son of Hermes commands the Manticore to guard his group while on their journey to obtain the Golden Fleece.
The Manticore chases off & also engages in battle against Percy and his group of adventurers Tyson, Grover & Annabeth who are also trying to obtain the sought-after Golden Fleece. Its powers are required to help Thalia recover from the poison that Luke used on her to break the barrier protecting Camp Half-Blood.