Cleopatra snake bite nothing more than a myth, according to scientists!

Cleopatra may not have died of a snake bite, say scientists

Scientists have revealed that the Ancient Egyptian queen, Cleopatra, may NOT have died of a snake bite!


Cleopatra was the last female pharaoh of Egypt, and her legendary story has become one of the most hotly debated of all the Ancient Egyptian facts and secrets!


When the Roman Empire took control of Egypt in 44 BC, Cleopatra decided to take her own life rather than surrender it to the new Roman Emperor, Octavian


As tradition has it, the queen smuggled a snake into her pre-built burial chamber, where she used its venom to kill herself and her two most faithful servants, Charmion and Eiras.


But new research has cast doubt on this story...


Clever snake experts and Egyptologists down at the University of Manchester have said that the supected culprit - a cobra - couldn't possibly have been small enough to be concealed in a small basket, as the story claims.


Cleopatra snake bite 'impossible' say scientists

Cleopatra's legendary last moments might all be a fib!


A cobra is typically 1.5m long, and experts say that it would have been difficult to sneak a snake of that size into Cleopatra's tomb without raising a few eyebrows!


They believe that even if the snake had been smuggled in, it would have been 'impossible' to use a snake bite to kill two or three people.


Andrew Gray, an expert on amphibians at Manchester Museum said, 'Not only are cobras too big, but there's just a 10% chance you would die from a snake bite: most bites are dry bites that don't inject venom.'


Snakes save their venom for when they most need it - during hunting and for protection - so the scientists don't believe that one snake would have delivered three fatal bites one after the other - yikes!


So how did Cleopatra die? Well, scientists are still deciding! Many believe she may instead have taken a cocktail of poison - but who knows if we'll ever discover the last queen of Egypt's dying secret?





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Cleopatra killed herself because the Roman Empire wanted to attack Egypt and the only person in power was Cleo. So (as myth told) Cleopatra killed herself because she didn't want her in the hands of the Roman Empire
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I read in a book that it was a cocktail of poison, so that's what I think happened to her. I also read she was a wife of ceaser.
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