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Left to right, top to bottom: a young Indian cobra, Kaa from The Jungle Book (1967), an amphisbaena from Dungeons & Dragons, an emerald tree boa, a European water snake, and the titular dragon from The Bride of the Lindorm King.
Tropes pertaining to snakes, serpents, and slithery reptiles in general.
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  • Basilisk and Cockatrice: The basilisk of antiquity was depicted as the king of serpents, and many modern works follow suit.
  • Feather Boa Constrictor: Wearing a snake as though it's a fashion accessory, typically like a scarf.
  • Feathered Serpent: A snake or snake-like creature with feathers and/or avian wings.
  • Knotty Tentacles: Despite the name, this often involves snakes getting tied or tangled up like ropes.
  • Orochi: An eight-headed and -tailed serpent from Japanese mythology.
  • Our Hydras Are Different: The Lernaean Hydra was a many-headed snake, and modern hydras often sport ophidian traits.
  • Ouroboros: A snake biting its own tail; a symbol of infinity and cycles.
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  • Scaled Up: Characters taking on a more reptilian form, oftentimes a snake.
  • Sea Serpents: Giant, serpentine sea monsters.
  • Segmented Serpent: Snakes and similar creatures whose long bodies are depicted as a series of discrete segments.
  • Serpent of Immortality: Snakes associated with immortality, rejuvenation, rebirth and youth.
  • Snake Versus Mongoose: The traditional mortal enmity of snakes and mongooses.
  • Snake Charmer: A character who can hypnotize snakes, usually with flute music.
  • Snake People: Snake-like humanoids; these may have legs or they may slither on serpentine tails or trunks.
  • Snake Pit: A large hole with snakes in it, perfect for disposing of meddlesome do-gooders.
  • Snakes Are Sexy: Snakes associated with sexual themes.
  • Snakes Are Sinister: Snakes portrayed as creepy or evil creatures.
  • Somewhere, a Herpetologist Is Crying: When snakes are depicted with Artistic License – Biology.
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  • Sssssnake Talk: Sssspeaking by holding your ssssibilantssss like a hissssing ssssnake.
  • Tsuchinoko: A mythical Japanese creature resembling a fat, burrowing snake.

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