A small hooded and poisonous serpent of Egypt.

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A small hooded and poisonous serpent of Egypt.

"And Jehovah sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died. And the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, because we have spoken against Jehovah, and against thee; pray unto Jehovah, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And Jehovah said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a standard: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he seeth it, shall live." Numbers 21:6-8 ASV
<p>Illustration of Moses holding up the bronze serpent on the staff and all of the Israelites looking upon it to be healed. Numerous people lie in various states of disease. Snakes are on the ground, coiled around arms, and biting people. Moses is pictured with horns made of rays of light. Tents and mountains can be seen in the background.

The Brazen Serpent and the Healing of the Israelites

"And Jehovah sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel…

Cobras are highly poisonous snakes belonging to the Elapidae family.

Cobra

Cobras are highly poisonous snakes belonging to the Elapidae family.

Mexican jar with serpent design sketched in the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Mexican Jar

Mexican jar with serpent design sketched in the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Illustration of Saint Patrick on the shores of Ireland, in full papal uniform, with other clergy behind him. He is holding his hand out over several men, women, and children. Women kneel on the ground, one with a basket of fish. A little boy and girl watch the saint. A boat can be seen on the water and mountains rise in the background. Snakes slither on the ground in front of Saint Patrick.

Saint Patrick Blesses the Irish and Banishes Snakes

Illustration of Saint Patrick on the shores of Ireland, in full papal uniform, with other clergy behind…

This flower vase has a unique design of animal heads at the base and serpents as the handles.

Flower Vase

This flower vase has a unique design of animal heads at the base and serpents as the handles.