What are these two creatures?

Kane Chronicles: The Throne of Fire

I feel that they could be either tjesu heru,

Sure enough, Menshikov's staff began to writhe and grow.

Great, I thought. Another serpent.

But something was wrong with this one. Instead of a tail, it had a head on both ends. At first I thought we'd caught some luck, and Menshikov had summoned a monster with a rare genetic birth defect. Then the thing sprouted four dragon legs. Its body grew until it was the size of a draught horse, curved like a U, with mottled red and green scales and a rattlesnake head on either side. It reminded me of that two-headed animal from Doctor Dolittle. You know - the pushmi-pullyu? Except Doctor Dolittle would never have wanted to talk to this thing, and, if he had, it would probably have said just Hello, I'm going to eat you.

or the serpopards.

“Longnecks,” Carter said incredulously. “Sadie, did you see those things?”

I couldn’t find an answer. Then one of the creatures was thrown out of the pool. It slammed into the doors right in front of us, and I jumped back in alarm. On the other side of the glass was the most terrifying animal I’d ever seen. Its body was like a leopard’s—lean and sinewy, with golden spotted fur—but its neck was completely wrong. It was green and scaly and at least as long as the rest of its body. It had a cat’s head, but no normal cat’s. When it turned its glowing red eyes towards us, it howled, showing a forked tongue and fangs dripping with green venom.

We examined the back of the stone, and I had to admit I was impressed by Carter's memory. Two cat-snake monsters stood in the centre of the palette, their necks entwined. On either side, Egyptian men with ropes were trying to capture the creatures.

'They're called serpopards,' Carter said. 'Serpent leopards.'

The tjesu heru appears in The Throne of Fire, but the serpopards are from The Red Pyramid. To me, the serpopards seem to fit the cover, but they're from the wrong book, which doesn't make sense.

Is there any other canon evidence to identify the creatures?

  • From looking at the cover I'd say it's a giant version of an amphisbaena- a snake with a head on both ends.
    – Nu'Daq
    Commented Feb 6, 2022 at 2:43
  • @Nu'Daq The amphisbaena is Greek (one appears in Tower of Nero); the Kane Chronicles are Egyptian.
    – Righter
    Commented Feb 6, 2022 at 3:06

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The tseju heru make an appearance in the official graphic novelisation.

Given the similarity in design, I think we can safely say that that (allowing for the usual cover insanity) is what's being depicted on your book cover.

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  • The tjesu heru is described as not having a tail though. This one clearly does. I guess we'd call that graphic novel insanity.
    – Righter
    Commented Feb 6, 2022 at 3:05

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