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Slithy is a property which monsters can have. It is explained in the code as meaning having a "serpent body", but some non-serpentine monsters also have the property, such as jellyfish and sharks.[1]


Slithy monsters have no legs, so they cannot kick,[2] wear boots,[3][4] ride a steed,[5] or jump (except with the jumping spell).[6]

A slithy monster which is medium-sized or smaller can move through iron bars.[7]

List of slithy monsters

The following monsters are flagged as slithy:


The word "slithy" was invented by Lewis Carroll, and appears in the first line of his famous nonsense poem "Jabberwocky":

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe ...