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Snakes are a class of monster in NetHack represented by the overall symbol S. They are generally poisonous and have the capability to hide under items dropped on the ground.

The snake, S, is also the second-weakest member of this class (next to the garter snake). It is poisonous if eaten.

If a snake is created during the initial level generation process, NetHack will generate a random item for the snake to hide under.[1] This method of item generation accounts for a significant portion of the items in the archeologist quest.

In the dungeon you will encounter the following kinds of snakes:

Body parts

Snake also refers to the grouping of body parts for the forms of snakes. It affects the messages referring to the appropriate body parts as follows:

Body part[2] Description
Arm Vestigial limb
Eye Eye
Face Face
Finger Large scale
Fingertip Large scale tip
Foot Rear region
Hand Scale gap
Handed Scale gapped
Head Head
Leg Rear region
Light headed Light headed
Neck Neck
Spine Length
Toe Rear scale
Hair Scales
Blood Blood
Lung Lung
Nose Forked tongue
Stomach Stomach

Encyclopedia entry

Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
And the Lord God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

[ Genesis 3:1-6,13-15 ]


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