According to medieval legend, the dracontopes were a especially large, strong, fire-breathing snake with a long neck and were were generally portrayed with a girl's face and a dragon's tail. This must therefore have been the serpent that the devil used to seduced and deceived Eve. writes that the snake had the face of a girl. In paradise the snake lay hidden, so that Eve saw the face only - the rest of the body was concealed by branches and leaves. The devil spoke by the mouth of the snake and misguided Eve with his lies.