Snakes are, in layman's terms, legless reptiles that move by slithering or sidewinding. They are relatively long and thin, and covered with scales. They come in all sizes and colors. Diets vary according to species and habitat and may include flesh, insects, or possibly herbs. Some, known as vipers, are poisonous--these primarily deliver this poison by injecting poison from sacs in their head through their hollow fangs when biting. Others, known as constrictors, kill their prey by squeezing it to death. Most snakes are not poisonous. Virtually all feral snakes will bite--some clamp on to you, some chew at you, and others snap repeatedly. Rattlers, cottonmouths, coral snakes, and copperheads are the only snakes you need to worry about in America (if you live in certain parts of the west, southeast, and east respectively), and these are easily identified. The other snakes you will find in North America are incapable of much more causing more than superficial cuts. The most widespread and common snake is probably the garter snake.

Despite the fact that snakes are widely reviled as icky, especially by girls, tame snakes make excellent pets. Actually, no snakes are domesticated persay, but most snake species raised with human contact are extremely sociable. A good snake only needs to be fed once a week and is very clean and low-maintenance. They are not slimy--their skin is very smooth and dry. You can cuddle with your snake and it will enjoy it just as much as you. Assuming you don't have a viper or an eight foot boa, they are safer than dogs or cats around children. While their faces are incapable showing quite as much emotion as the mammalians, the presence of a snake happily basking around ones neck, wrapping and flicking its tongue and looking with its beady eyes is a joyful experience indeed.

Long, flexible wire wrapped in rubber. Both ends covered in bristles in a coneshape. Used to clean the inside of musical instruments. Has theability to maneuver through the various curves of the slides.

A snake came to my water-trough
On a hot, hot day, and I in pyjamas for the heat,
To drink there.

In the deep, strange-scented shade of the great dark carob-tree
I came down the steps with my pitcher
And must wait, must stand and wait, for there he was at the trough before
me.

He reached down from a fissure in the earth-wall in the gloom
And trailed his yellow-brown slackness soft-bellied down, over the edge of
the stone trough
And rested his throat upon the stone bottom,
And where the water had dripped from the tap, in a small clearness,
He sipped with his straight mouth,
Softly drank through his straight gums, into his slack long body,
Silently.

Someone was before me at my water-trough,
And I, like a second comer, waiting.

He lifted his head from his drinking, as cattle do,
And looked at me vaguely, as drinking cattle do,
And flickered his two-forked tongue from his lips, and mused a moment,
And stooped and drank a little more,
Being earth-brown, earth-golden from the burning bowels of the earth
On the day of Sicilian July, with Etna smoking.
The voice of my education said to me
He must be killed,
For in Sicily the black, black snakes are innocent, the gold are venomous.

And voices in me said, If you were a man
You would take a stick and break him now, and finish him off.

But must I confess how I liked him,
How glad I was he had come like a guest in quiet, to drink at my water-trough
And depart peaceful, pacified, and thankless,
Into the burning bowels of this earth?

Was it cowardice, that I dared not kill him? Was it perversity, that I longed to talk to him? Was it humility, to feel so honoured?
I felt so honoured.

And yet those voices:
If you were not afraid, you would kill him!

And truly I was afraid, I was most afraid, But even so, honoured still more
That he should seek my hospitality
From out the dark door of the secret earth.

He drank enough
And lifted his head, dreamily, as one who has drunken,
And flickered his tongue like a forked night on the air, so black,
Seeming to lick his lips,
And looked around like a god, unseeing, into the air,
And slowly turned his head,
And slowly, very slowly, as if thrice adream,
Proceeded to draw his slow length curving round
And climb again the broken bank of my wall-face.

And as he put his head into that dreadful hole,
And as he slowly drew up, snake-easing his shoulders, and entered farther,
A sort of horror, a sort of protest against his withdrawing into that horrid black hole,
Deliberately going into the blackness, and slowly drawing himself after,
Overcame me now his back was turned.

I looked round, I put down my pitcher,
I picked up a clumsy log
And threw it at the water-trough with a clatter.

I think it did not hit him,
But suddenly that part of him that was left behind convulsed in undignified haste.
Writhed like lightning, and was gone
Into the black hole, the earth-lipped fissure in the wall-front,
At which, in the intense still noon, I stared with fascination.

And immediately I regretted it.
I thought how paltry, how vulgar, what a mean act!
I despised myself and the voices of my accursed human education.

And I thought of the albatross
And I wished he would come back, my snake.

For he seemed to me again like a king,
Like a king in exile, uncrowned in the underworld,
Now due to be crowned again.

And so, I missed my chance with one of the lords
Of life.
And I have something to expiate:
A pettiness.

- D.H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence's "Snake": An Analysis

D.H. Lawrence, in his poem, "Snake," uses symbolism to create an extended metaphor to express the incorrupt man. To do this, he uses nature as his subject and his relation to it. His use of the snake marks a symbolic meaning that could not be proven by any other measure.

The snake is his most obvious symbol; it reflects on the dangerous passions that man engulfs himself in that grow unacceptably by societ. The snake tempts one to rebel from his abandonment of "inclinations". It is hidden, and upon being exposed, may either be observed in awe, or brutally murdered. The speaker of the poem is aware of the snake, and doesn't wish to harm it--or even disregard it, but rather take in the beauty of it all.

The second symbol, the conflicting symbol, is the log which the speaker throws at the water trough. This was a representation of his logic and its shortcomings in his attempt to preserve the scene of the snake, which to him, was only evanescent. He threw it with some knowledge of the disturbance it would cause, but being incapable of exercising the freedom of his propensity, his attempts fail.

He also repeats to himself his need to kill the snake, possibly in defiance of unwritten law, and his intimidation. As he finally says, "If you were not afraid, you would kill him," (line 36) he notes on his weakness and the regret he feels for respecting danger. And though he feels he has overcome his loss by his actions, his recollection of the event and his repetition of his ideas to kill him prove that he has not gotten over this.

He emphasizes the almost surreptitious lifestyle, hidden in the darkness of life, wallowing in the emptiness of life. One of Lawrence's most dramatic lines was, "For he seemed to me like a king. Like a king in exile, uncrowned in the underworld." (lines 69 and 70), which express that the speaker knew the true nature of the snake, but feigned ignorance throughout the whole poem.

Lawrence changes his imagery throughout the entire poem to put a new perspective on each stanza. Doing so, he has clearly made use of symbolism and repetition.

-Aimee Ault

A narrow Fellow in the Grass
Occasionally rides--
You may have met Him--did you not
His notice sudden is--

The Grass divides as with a Comb--
A spotted shaft is seen--
And then it closes at your feet
And opens further on--

He likes a Boggy Acre
A Floor too cool for Corn--
Yet when a Boy, and Barefoot--
I more than once at Noon
Have passed, I thought, a Whip lash
Unbraiding in the Sun
When stooping to secure it
It wrinkled, and was gone--

Several of Nature's People
I know, and they know me--
I feel for them a transport
Of cordiality--

But never met this Fellow
Attended, or alone
Without a tighter breathing
And Zero at the Bone--

--Emily Dickinson

Snake, the small time crook on The Simpsons, went to Middlebury College in Vermont, according to his t-shirt. Evidently it was expensive; in one episode when he comes into a large amount of wealth, he rejoices, "Goodbye student loan payments!!" Snake often says "Alll riiight!" when things are going his way, and "BYE!" when he has stolen something. He keeps a pack of cigarettes rolled in his sleeve like a greaser. One time Homer Simpson got a transplant of Snake's hair and turned evil. Also, Homer bought Snake's sweet red muscle car, "Li'l Bandit," for a pittance at a police auction while Snake was in prison, and Snake came after him. Snake is named after the big tattoo of a snake he has on his arm.

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A snake is a reptile without legs, which may sometimes have a venomous bite, poisonous to humans. Other snakes kill their prey by constriction. All snakes are carnivorous.

The skin is covered in scales.Most snakes use their scales to move, gripping surfaces. They shed their skin periodically. Detailed vision is limited, but does not prevent detection of movement. Hearing is restricted to the sensing of ground vibrations. A snake smells through its nose, and the tongue passes airborne particles to special organs in the mouth for examination. The left lung is very small or even absent. The snake has two penises; for more information on a snake's sexual organs, see hemipenis.

Snake blood has an almost mythical reputation in Asia. The snake is also one of the animal symbols used in the Chinese Lunar Calendar.

Snake nodes on E2:

Species of snake:
Adder
Anaconda
Beaked Sea Snake
black mamba
Black Rat Snake
Black snake
boa constrictor
Brown snake
Bushmaster
Coachwhip snake
Cobra de capello
Congo snake
coral snake
Corn Snake
Death Adder
Eastern hognose snake
Fierce Snake
gaboon viper
green mamba
hoop snake
King Cobra
Mamba
North Eastern King Snake
python
rattlesnake
reticulated python
rhinoceros viper
Sea adder
Sea snake
Spitting Cobra
South Eastern Corn Snake
Taipan
Viper
Water adder
Water snake

Miscellaneous snake nodes:
Are King Cobras Really Smart
Baby Snakes
bungarotoxin
Chinese Lunar Calendar
How to catch a snake
How to treat a poisonous snake bite
Identifying poisonous Australian snakes
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Snake blood
snake charmer
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Snake Priest
Snakes of Hawaii
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The Water-snake
World's deadliest snakes
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Snake is a also a game that is available on most Nokia mobile phones (all of those since 1997), although the newer ones have Snake II. A purist would argue Snake II simply removes the fun simplicity of the original thereby destroying it.

The premise is this: you control a snake (a line of pixels) who has to eat some sort of fruit (represented by more pixels) and the more you eat, the longer you become making the game more and more difficult.

There are multiple levels of difficulty and on the higher ones, you travel faster but this is compensated for by the fact that you recieve more points for each apple you get.

You die if you hit yourself or a wall, and the keys are as follows:

2 = up
8 = down
4 = left
6 = right

Of course, more advanced users (not me) can use 1, 3, 7 and 9 to move diagonally, but this gets pretty complicated.

The game is stunningly addicitve, helped by the addition of a 'high score' screen which prompts the user to keep on playing until he/she beats his old record. The game's success relies on the fact that it was firstly the best game available when Nokias were released and so it was the only thing available, but also by the fact it followed the rules that all great games follow.

It was simple, the screen wasn't cluttered and there was an incentive to keep playing.

Pure genius.

Snake (?), n. [AS. snaca; akin to LG. snake, schnake, Icel. snakr, snkr, Dan. snog, Sw. snok; of uncertain origin.] Zool.

Any species of the order Ophidia; an ophidian; a serpent, whether harmless or venomous. See Ophidia, and Serpent.

⇒ Snakes are abundant in all warm countries, and much the larger number are harmless to man.

Blind snake, Garter snake, Green snake, King snake, Milk snake, Rock snake, Water snake, etc. See under Blind, Garter, etc. -- Fetich snake Zool., a large African snake (Python Sebae) used by the natives as a fetich. -- Ringed snake Zool., a common European columbrine snake (Tropidonotus natrix). -- Snake eater. Zool. (a) The markhoor. (b) The secretary bird. -- Snake fence, a worm fence (which see). [U.S.] -- Snake fly Zool., any one of several species of neuropterous insects of the genus Rhaphidia; -- so called because of their large head and elongated neck and prothorax. -- Snake gourd Bot., a cucurbitaceous plant (Trichosanthes anguina) having the fruit shorter and less snakelike than that of the serpent cucumber. -- Snake killer. Zool. (a) The secretary bird. (b) The chaparral cock. -- Snake moss Bot., the common club moss (Lycopodium clavatum). See Lycopodium. -- Snake nut Bot., the fruit of a sapindaceous tree (Ophiocaryon paradoxum) of Guiana, the embryo of which resembles a snake coiled up. -- Tree snake Zool., any one of numerous species of colubrine snakes which habitually live in trees, especially those of the genus Dendrophis and allied genera.

 

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Snake, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snaked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Snaking.]

1.

To drag or draw, as a snake from a hole; -- often with out.

[Colloq. U.S.]

Bartlett.

2. Naut.

To wind round spirally, as a large rope with a smaller, or with cord, the small rope lying in the spaces between the strands of the large one; to worm.

 

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Snake, v. i.

To crawl like a snake.

 

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