Snake

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Snake
(Creature)
Some take snakes as animal companions.

Snakes or serpents, are limbless reptiles found in temperate and tropical environments throughout Golarion. They come in two main varieties: poisonous snakes, known for their highly venomous bites, such as the viper, asp, or emperor cobra; and the large and muscular constrictor snakes, such as anacondas, giant anacondas, and pythons. Snakes of both kinds are common familiars among magic-users.23

Certain particularly notable varieties exist beyond the two main groupings, including sea snakes,4 the sevencoat serpents that mimic more dangerous snake species,5 the enormous titanoboas,6 the two-headed amphisbaena,7 and the highly intelligent psyche serpents.8

In religion

Snakes are present in the myths, legends and religious symbolism of multiple cultures within and around the Inner Sea region. In Ancient Osirion, snakes were associated with and symbolized both the evil deity Apep and the benevolent Wadjet.9

Snakes of various types are among the sacred animals of many additional deities, including Asmodeus;10 Lissala;11 Ydersius;12 the empyreal lord Picoperi;13 the archdevil Geryon;14 the infernal dukes Eaqueo,15 Furcas,16 and Titivilus;17 the demon lords Abraxas,18 Areshkagal, and Socothbenoth;1920 and the Great Old One Yig.21

References

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  5. Erik Mona, et al. “Chapter 5: The World” in Campaign Setting, 215. Paizo Inc., 2008
  6. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 6, 185. Paizo Inc., 2017
  7. Paizo Inc., et al. “Monsters A to Z” in Bestiary 2, 25. Paizo Inc., 2010
  8. Josh Colon, et al. Occult Bestiary, 44. Paizo Inc., 2015
  9. Logan Bonner, et al. “Monsters A-Z” in Bestiary, 303. Paizo Inc., 2019
  10. Amanda Hamon, et al. Animal Archive, inside back cover. Paizo Inc., 2013
  11. Richard Pett, et al. Into the Nightmare Rift. Paizo Inc., 2012
  12. Neil Spicer, et al. Sanctum of the Serpent God. Paizo Inc., 2011
  13. Amber E. Scott. “Lords of the Empyrean” in Chronicle of the Righteous, 20. Paizo Inc., 2013
  14. F. Wesley Schneider. Geryon, the Source of Lies” in Scourge of the Godclaw, 68–69. Paizo Inc., 2016
  15. F. Wesley Schneider, et al. Kobold Quarterly 22, 9. Kobold Press, 2012
  16. F. Wesley Schneider & Jerome Virnich. Furcas (Infernal Duke)” in Hell Unleashed, 38. Paizo Inc., 2015
  17. F. Wesley Schneider. Princes of Darkness, Book of the Damned Volume 1, inside back cover. Paizo Inc., 2009
  18. Paizo Inc., et al. “Chapter 1: Fiendish Divinities” in Book of the Damned, 10–11. Paizo Inc., 2017
  19. James Jacobs. Demon Lords of Golarion” in Descent into Midnight, 56. Paizo Inc., 2009
  20. James Jacobs, et al. “Bestiary” in Descent into Midnight, 83. Paizo Inc., 2009
  21. James Jacobs. “The Elder Mythos” in In Search of Sanity, 73. Paizo Inc., 2016