Greek god of medicine, the son of Apollo and the nymph Coronis.

Aesculapius

Greek god of medicine, the son of Apollo and the nymph Coronis.

Greek god of medicine, the son of Apollo and the nymph Coronis.

Aesculapius

Greek god of medicine, the son of Apollo and the nymph Coronis.

A small species of venemous serpent found in the European Alps.

Asp

A small species of venemous serpent found in the European Alps.

"A venomous serpent, the name of which has come down from ancient times; the vague descriptions of ancient authors, however, causing uncertainty as to the species. It is very generally supposed to be the Naja Haje, the El Haje or Haje Nasher of the Arabs, which is very common in Egypt and Cyprus, and often appears in hieroglyphic and other sculptures as one of the sacred animals of ancient Egypt." — Chambers' Encyclopedia, 1875

Asp

"A venomous serpent, the name of which has come down from ancient times; the vague descriptions of ancient…

A legendary reptile reputed to be king of serpents and said to have power of causing death by a single glance.

Basilisk

A legendary reptile reputed to be king of serpents and said to have power of causing death by a single…

A black snake attacking a nest of brown thrushes.

Black Snake and Brown Thrushes

A black snake attacking a nest of brown thrushes.

"In popular language, the name of all those large serpents which kill their prey by entwining themselves around it, and constricting it in their coils; but by zoologists of the present day, limited as the name of a genus to a very small portion of their number, all of which are natives of the warm parts of America." — Chambers, 1881

Boa

"In popular language, the name of all those large serpents which kill their prey by entwining themselves…

Found in India, this species of bokadam is nonvenemous.

Karoo bokadam

Found in India, this species of bokadam is nonvenemous.

This Serpent antique bracelet is in the form of a viper. It came from Pompeii, Rome.

Antique Serpent Bracelet

This Serpent antique bracelet is in the form of a viper. It came from Pompeii, Rome.

This wood carving shows an arrangement of the vine in Gothic form. The center is Virgin and Child with a serpent right below them.

Wood Carving

This wood carving shows an arrangement of the vine in Gothic form. The center is Virgin and Child with…

The Serpent Cast a form created by both a viper and lizard. It was typically used for symbolic and decorative purposes, designed by Eberhard of Heilbronn in Germany.

Serpent Cast

The Serpent Cast a form created by both a viper and lizard. It was typically used for symbolic and decorative…

Serpent is a word of Latin origin, meaning something that creeps. It was typically used for symbolic and decorative purposes.

Serpent Cast

Serpent is a word of Latin origin, meaning something that creeps. It was typically used for symbolic…

"The boa constrictor grows to great size, and greatly resembles the python in its habits." — Goodrich, 1859

Boa constrictor

"The boa constrictor grows to great size, and greatly resembles the python in its habits." — Goodrich,…

The dipsas cyanodon is a harmless tree snake, found in India.

Dipsas cyanodon

The dipsas cyanodon is a harmless tree snake, found in India.

"Cadmus and the Dragon. (From a vase-painting at Naples.)" — The Delphian Society, 1913

Cadmus and the Dragon

"Cadmus and the Dragon. (From a vase-painting at Naples.)" — The Delphian Society, 1913

"Common Eel (Anguilla vulgaris)."-Whitney, 1902

Common Eel

"Common Eel (Anguilla vulgaris)."-Whitney, 1902

"Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." Genesis 3:23 KJV

Adam and Eve Driven out of the Garden of Eden

"Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was…

Its color is olive-gray or brown above, with black bands and spots, and checkered black and white beneath. The usual length is three feet. It is nearly related to the American water-snake, and haunts moist places, feeding on frogs, fish, and insects. The soft eggs are about one inch long, and are laid in manure heaps, in rich soil, or on heaps of weeds.

Grass Snake

Its color is olive-gray or brown above, with black bands and spots, and checkered black and white beneath.…

An African species of hooded snake, the asp has a deadly bite.

Naia Haje

An African species of hooded snake, the asp has a deadly bite.

The head of a snake.

Coluber Head

The head of a snake.

Heracles and Achelous.

Heracles and Achelous

Heracles and Achelous.

A hindu snake charmer.

Hindu juggler

A hindu snake charmer.

"Hygea and Aesculapius." —Bulfinch, 1897

Hygea and Aesculapius

"Hygea and Aesculapius." —Bulfinch, 1897

Found in India, the purple leptophis is violet and green, with a golden luster.

Purple leptophis

Found in India, the purple leptophis is violet and green, with a golden luster.

"The persecution which Latona experienced from Juno is alluded to in the story. The tradition was that the future mother of Apollo and Diana, flying from the wrath of Juno, besought all the islands of the Aegean to afford her a place of rest, but all feared too much the potent queen of heavan to assist her rival." —Bulfinch, 1897

Leto or Latona

"The persecution which Latona experienced from Juno is alluded to in the story. The tradition was that…

Loki goes into Asgard with his daughter, Hela, and his pets, Jormundgand the serpent, and Fenris the wolf. The people of Asgard are afraid of Hela because one side of her body was black and one side was white. They were also afraid of the wolf and the serpent and had various plans to get rid of Hela, Jormundgand, and Fenris.

Loki and his Pets

Loki goes into Asgard with his daughter, Hela, and his pets, Jormundgand the serpent, and Fenris the…

Roman goddess of wisdom

Minerva

Roman goddess of wisdom

A statue of Minerva, with a serpent depicted at the goddesses' feet.

Minerva

A statue of Minerva, with a serpent depicted at the goddesses' feet.

A flock of mocking-birds attacking a rattlesnake in a tree, which was threatening a nest.

Mockingbirds attacking a rattlesnake

A flock of mocking-birds attacking a rattlesnake in a tree, which was threatening a nest.

An oriole attacking a serpent on a branch.

Oriole and serpent

An oriole attacking a serpent on a branch.

This is a print by German artist Johann Otmar in 1502 . It depicts St. Francis reading a bible outside between trees. In each corner of the print are symbols of the four Evangelists: top left, St. John represented by the eagle; top right, St. Mark represented by the lion; bottom left, St. Matthew represented by the winged man; and bottom right, St. Luke represented by the ox.

Johann Otmar

This is a print by German artist Johann Otmar in 1502 . It depicts St. Francis reading a bible outside…

"Pythons are the largest known serpents, which are found only in India and the islands of the Indian Archipelago." — Goodrich, 1859

Python

"Pythons are the largest known serpents, which are found only in India and the islands of the Indian…

A female python guarding her clutch of eggs.

Python and eggs

A female python guarding her clutch of eggs.

Dissection of head of rattlesnake; showing fangs (f) and poison sac (p).

Rattlesnake

Dissection of head of rattlesnake; showing fangs (f) and poison sac (p).

A poisonous snake, known for using its "rattle" to warn off predators.

Rattlesnake

A poisonous snake, known for using its "rattle" to warn off predators.

"The common snake of Europe... frequents woods, bogs, and other sheltered situations in the vicinity of water." — Goodrich, 1859

Common ring-snake

"The common snake of Europe... frequents woods, bogs, and other sheltered situations in the vicinity…

The deliverer sculpture is a sequel to the faithful friend story by the sculptor. It shows the boy caressing the dog for saving his life from the serpent.

Deliverer Sculpture

The deliverer sculpture is a sequel to the faithful friend story by the sculptor. It shows the boy caressing…

The Faithful Friend Sculpture is a story told by the sculptor. It depicts a boy and his dog attacked by a serpent, and the faithful dog defends the boy by destroying the serpent.

Faithful Friend Sculpture

The Faithful Friend Sculpture is a story told by the sculptor. It depicts a boy and his dog attacked…

The bicolored sea-snake is found in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, especially in the vicinity of Tahiti.

Bicolored sea-snake

The bicolored sea-snake is found in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, especially in the vicinity of Tahiti.

The Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a bird of prey known for hunting snakes and other reptiles.

Secretary Bird

The Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius) is a bird of prey known for hunting snakes and other reptiles.

The serpent is a bass wind instrument, curved to somewhat resemble a wriggling serpent.

Serpent

The serpent is a bass wind instrument, curved to somewhat resemble a wriggling serpent.

The serpent is "a musical instrument, properly of the trumpet family, having a cupped mouthpiece, a conical wooden tube bent to and fro several times and usually covered with leather, and nine fingerholes very irregularly disposed." -Whitney, 1911

Serpent

The serpent is "a musical instrument, properly of the trumpet family, having a cupped mouthpiece, a…

"The prey of a serpent is oven thicker than the serpent itself, and to admit of its being swallowed, the throat and body are very dilatable. The bones of the head are adapted to the necessity of a great expansion of the mouth and dilation of the throat." — Chambers, 1881

Serpent Head

"The prey of a serpent is oven thicker than the serpent itself, and to admit of its being swallowed,…

"Argent, a serpent nowed proper. NOWED. This word signifies tied or knotted, and is applied to serpents, wiverns, or any animals whose tails are twisted and enfolded like a knot." -Hall, 1862

Serpent Nowed Proper

"Argent, a serpent nowed proper. NOWED. This word signifies tied or knotted, and is applied to serpents,…

Miraculous escape from the royal serpent of Ceylon. Caption bellow illustration: "In dreadful anticipation of the worst, I looked around, when I saw a monstrous serpent of enormous size crawling slowly out of the opening I had just entered but a few minutes before."

Escape from the Serpent of Ceylon

Miraculous escape from the royal serpent of Ceylon. Caption bellow illustration: "In dreadful anticipation…

The skull of a serpent with visible teeth.

Serpent Skull

The skull of a serpent with visible teeth.

"And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived." Numbers 21:9 KJV

The Brazen Serpent

"And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had…

A cobra, or hooded serpent. This species can be found in India.

Hooded serpent

A cobra, or hooded serpent. This species can be found in India.

"A signet ring has a square revolving bezel on which are four serpents interlaced." —The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Signet Ring

"A signet ring has a square revolving bezel on which are four serpents interlaced." —The Encyclopedia…

Structure of internal anatomy of a snake.

Snake

Structure of internal anatomy of a snake.

A snake chasing a frog.

Snake and frog

A snake chasing a frog.

A girl amazed by the sight of a bicycle made out of a snake and spider-webs.

Snake Bike

A girl amazed by the sight of a bicycle made out of a snake and spider-webs.

A snake slithering on the ground.

Snake slithering

A snake slithering on the ground.

"Four to five feet long; color yellowishgray, cleaning with a pale golden hue, and dotted with whitish and black; native of Mexico." — -Goodrich, 1859

Golden tree snake

"Four to five feet long; color yellowishgray, cleaning with a pale golden hue, and dotted with whitish…

A common green snake coiled in a small tree.

Green Snake

A common green snake coiled in a small tree.

A snake with a rattle for its tail. Rattles its tail to scare off enemies.

Rattle Snake

A snake with a rattle for its tail. Rattles its tail to scare off enemies.

A tree snake of the dendrophis genus coiiled around a tree trunk.

Tree Snake

A tree snake of the dendrophis genus coiiled around a tree trunk.

The Serpent Symbol is a snake signifying the essence of eternity.

Serpent Symbol

The Serpent Symbol is a snake signifying the essence of eternity.

"The muzzle of H. tentaculatus is furnished with two soft prominences, covered with scales, the use of which is not ascertained. The tail is long and pointed." — Goodrich, 1859

Herpeton tentaculatus

"The muzzle of H. tentaculatus is furnished with two soft prominences, covered with scales, the use…

"After his return Triptolemus built a magnificent temple to Ceres in Eleusis and established the worship of the goddess, under the name of the Eleusinian mysteries, which, in the splendor and solemnity of their observance, surpassed all other religious celebrations among the Greeks." —Bulfinch, 1897

Triptolemus

"After his return Triptolemus built a magnificent temple to Ceres in Eleusis and established the worship…