A reptile of the medieval period’s legends and folklore, the amphisbaena’s name is derived from the Greek word meaning “to go both ways”. It is a formidable adversary, able to run and fly(if winged) in both directions, clutch with its eagle-like talons, and bite with venomous fangs. It has glowing eyes that can penetrate the darkness.
it is thought to be inspired by an actual reptile, that lives in Lybian deserts,that can run both ways and has a tail (that is raises like a head at the threat of danger) that resembles a head–the worm lizard.
This imposing figure greets you at the bottom of the staircase in the Haunted Mansion at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World. At Disneyland, it has a greenish, aged-copper patina, while at Walt Disney World, it is a deep crimson red!
If this looks like a wingless griffin to you, your assumptions are correct. In British heraldry, a male griffin is shown without wings, its body sometimes covered in formidable spikes. In 15th-century and later heraldry this particular beast may be called an alce or a keythong. The female griffin, possessing wings, is more commonly used.