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  1.   1.  Description
  2.   2.  Types
    1.   2.1  Natives
    2.   2.2  Invasive and Other
  3.   3.  Speech
  4.   4.  Uses
  5.   5.  Uses
  6.   6.  More
  7.   7.  'Souls
Latin Name --
Common Name Snake
Icon(s) Snake Snake Rattlesnake
Ring Necked Snake -- Lon&Queta@Flickr
Common Garter Snake -- Georgia Wildlife Resources Division@Flickr
Smooth Green Snake -- Wikimedia Commons
Timber Rattlesnake -- squamatologist@Flickr
Corn snake -- tom spinker@Flickr

1.  Description

Few species of snake survive within the Maritime provinces, primarily due to the cold. Nonetheless, a few do make their home in 'Souls territories.

2.  Types

2.1  Natives

Ring-Necked Snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii)

The Northern ringneck snake is a small snake bluish grey to black, with a complete narrow yellow or orange ring around its neck and an underside matching the ring. From 10 to 15 inches (25–38 cm) long as an adult, it may reach two feet in length in extreme cases.

Their favored habitat over most of their range is a moist wooded area, but they will also use the edges of wetlands or open areas in mountainous or hilly terrain. They are also often found in moist humid basements. It is not found north of Halcyon Mountain; in New Brunswick, it is found south of the Miramichi Valley.

Common Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

Most garter snakes have a pattern of yellow stripes on a brown or green background and their average length is about 55 cm (22 in), maximum about 137 cm (54 in). The habitat of the garter snake ranges from forests, fields, and prairies to streams, wetlands, meadows, marshes, and ponds, and it is often found near water. It is found at altitudes from sea level to mountain locations. Their diet consists mainly of amphibians and earthworms, but also fish, small birds, and rodents. Garter snakes are effective at catching fast-moving creatures like fish and tadpoles.

Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis)

The smooth green snake is slender. It is uniform light green on its back, with a yellow or white belly, and has smooth dorsal scales. The snake can be found in many different habitats, including marshes, meadows, the edges of streams, and open woods. It prefers to be on the ground, in opens areas without a lot of shrubs. During hibernation, the smooth green snake looks for burrows, ant hills, and other dug-out underground areas, normally gathering in large numbers. It prefers moist habitats and areas near permanent water sources, usually staying in green areas for camouflage.

Smooth green snakes rely on an environment matching their green scales for camouflage to protect themselves from predators. If threatened, a smooth green snake will usually flee. They are docile snakes, seldom bite and usually allowed humans to come close.

2.2  Invasive and Other

Timber Rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)

Generally, this species is found in deciduous forests in rugged terrain. Potentially, this is one of North America's most dangerous snakes, due to its long fangs, impressive size and high venom yield. This is to some degree offset by its relatively mild disposition. Before striking, they often do a good deal of preliminary rattling and feinting. (Note: though this snake is not native to Nova Scotia, it was included as there are no native venomous snakes).

Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus)

This commonplace snake was often kept by humanity as a pet: it is hardy and adaptable, and likely to survive in 'Souls territories as an invasive creature. It would not be found in northerly territories such as Ashes and Ashes or Northern Tides.

Wild corn snakes prefer habitats such as overgrown fields, forest openings, trees, palmetto flatwoods and abandoned or seldom-used buildings and farms, from sea level to as high as 6,000 feet. Typically, these snakes remain on the ground until the age of 4 months old but can ascend trees, cliffs and other elevated surfaces.

3.  Speech

According to our Speech Guide, this creature speaks Low Speech naturally. It is therefore not able to communicate with Luperci in its natural state. However, this creature is listed as having the ability to comprehend high speech, and may be able to learn to speak broken high speech.

4.  Uses

  • Snakeskin leather

5.  Uses

6.  More

7.  'Souls

  • Families
    • In the Kimaris family, females are given an icon of a snake.
    • Snakes play an important role in the culture of the the Orochi family.
    • The Revlis family includes a "Crowned Serpent" in their crest. The Crowned Serpent is also available to members of the Revlis family as an account icon.
    • Spirit guides of the Trombetta family tend to be snakes.
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