Cleopatra snake bite story 'impossible' say scientists at Manchester University

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 suspected culprit – a cobra – couldn’t possibly have been small enough to be concealed in a small basket, as the story claims.

Cleopatra snake bite story 'impossible' say scientists at Manchester University

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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  • bella

    SUPER COOL! It might have been a cobra that was different then the one we know today. Like an unevolved one.

  • shane

    cool

  • NGK FAN

    What if it was a very venomous,small and un-discovered species of snake?

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  • Millie

  • isabella

    i found that very interesting. i hope one day the scientists will find it out.

  • Kamil

    My friend Comari is the king. because king is his last name!

  • Kamil

    Love you!

  • Kamil

    I love snakes! Snakes are my favorite animal in the wold they are awesome!

  • KATRINA4

    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 didnt want her in the hands of the Roman Empire

  • iloveguineapigs

    serious?

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  • POPER

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  • MUNCHYNESS

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  • Jessica

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  • Idksojsutstop

    How long ago was she found dead?

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  • Keralina

    Wow! Then how did she die??!!

  • Sru

    Awesome

  • Allison_23

    Cool beans! :P

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    hi

  • acool

    awsome lol

  • BATGIRL

    So how DID she die??????

  • puppygirl

    I read in a book that it was a cocktail of poison, so thats what I think happened to her. I also read she was a wife of ceaser.

  • Lachlan10

    Awesome fact

  • poppy-panda

    Cant wait

  • josh12

    unbelievable

  • SarahNoodle123

    WOW! CANT WAIT TO FIND OUT WHAT REALLY HAPPENED.

  • lepord

    how could they be right its not like they have they have the body you never know but did you know acutely she was not that pretty.So you know what i mean please tell more

  • Gracetiger

    Bit weird if cleopatra and her servants died from a snake bite

  • Jeisha_Hernandez

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  • Mohadesa

    So cool

  • pooppoop

    COOLL NOT

  • Ninevah

    Super Research!

  • Katie

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • EMILEE

    Cool

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  • uainin11

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