Snake Quotes

47 Snake Quotes Exploring The World of These Limbless Reptiles

Over 3,000 species of snakes exist petty much everywhere except New Zealand, Iceland, Ireland, Greenland, and Antarctica. As several snake quotes talk about, due to their dangerous nature, people attach negative connotations to these slippery limbless reptiles - probably because their bites kill between 81,000 to 138,000 a year, and thousands more get permanent disabilities.

However, in actuality, they have diverse backgrounds across cultures. For example, two snakes coiled around a winged staff have been a symbol of medicine. Another is their representation of rebirth and eternity due to the shedding of their skin.

Run through our curated list of snake quotes to uncover the mysteries and beliefs attached to these reptilians.

Related: You might also like to check out our compilation of turtle facts and nature quotes.

Best Snake Quotes

Snakes may lack limbs, external ears, eyelids, and a lung to complete a pair, but this makes them distinctive. In addition, they compensate for lacking these features with another unique quality. Compared to our spine, which only has 33 stacked vertebrae, snakes have a whopping 100-450 vertebrae.

Discover more about serpents' anatomy after you read our best snake quotes that sum up society's perception of them.

"Kill the snake of doubt in your soul, crush the worms of fear in your heart and mountains will move out of your way." -Kate Seredy #trvst #quotes #bethechange #changetheworld #snake #movingon
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"Kill the snake of doubt in your soul, crush the worms of fear in your heart and mountains will move out of your way."

- Kate Seredy

"Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again." -Gautama Buddha #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #socialimpact #snake #change
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"Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again."

- Gautama Buddha

"He that has been bitten by a snake is afraid of a rope." -Edward Albee #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #beinspired #snake #doubt
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"He that has been bitten by a snake is afraid of a rope."

- Edward Albee

"Like a snake sheds its skin, we are capable of getting rid of assembled habits, creating space to call matters into question." -Erik Pevernagie #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #thinkgreen #snake #fear
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"Like a snake sheds its skin, we are capable of getting rid of assembled habits, creating space to call matters into question."

- Erik Pevernagie

Quotes About Snakes Slithering In Nature

Scientists hypothesize that snakes first appeared 128.5 million years ago. Fossil evidence suggests they descended from lizards. Researchers theorized they evolved from either burrowing terrestrial lizards or aquatic lizards. A study in 2015 concluded snakes are likelier to have originated on land1.

Evolution is a curious thing that makes our planet complex and beautiful. Track the ancestry of other animals after you read the following snake quotes about their slippery and slimy nature in the wild.

"Have you ever held a snake? They are so strong. You can see why there are so many myths about them: they are unlike any other creature. It's extraordinary how that little brain can keep everything moving in different directions." -Michelle Paver #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #impact #snake
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"Have you ever held a snake? They are so strong. You can see why there are so many myths about them: they are unlike any other creature. It's extraordinary how that little brain can keep everything moving in different directions."

- Michelle Paver

"I think the most alarming animals I have encountered are really poisonous snakes." -David Attenborough #trvst #quotes #socialchange #changetheworld #snake #poisonous
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"I think the most alarming animals I have encountered are really poisonous snakes."

- David Attenborough

"The relationship with a snake is not like what we have with dogs, like how we can sort of cuddle a dog." -Danny Green #trvst #quotes #socialchange #gogreen #snake #dangerous
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"The relationship with a snake is not like what we have with dogs, like how we can sort of cuddle a dog."

- Danny Green

"I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it." -Steve Irwin #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #ecoconscious #snake #life #animalconservation
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"I have no fear of losing my life - if I have to save a koala or a crocodile or a kangaroo or a snake, mate, I will save it."

- Steve Irwin

"People get very passionate about saving the whale, but when something like a Florida indigo snake is endangered there are not a lot of people out there holding up placards." -Gary Larson #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #snake #people #animalconservation
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"People get very passionate about saving the whale, but when something like a Florida indigo snake is endangered there are not a lot of people out there holding up placards."

- Gary Larson

More Quotes To Remind You To Be Careful Of Snake Bites

Aside from strangulation, snakes are dangerous because of their bites. The most venomous snake in the world is the Inland Taipan which resides in South Australia; its venom can attack the cardiovascular and nervous systems.

Another famous snake to be wary of is King Cobras due to their impressive hunting and defense mechanisms. And also Black Mamba with their fast-acting venom.

Read the following quotes about snakebites' dangers and how we should still treat these animals with kindness.

"You know, you can touch a stick of dynamite, but if you touch a venomous snake it'll turn around and bite you and kill you so fast it's not even funny." -Steve Irwin #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #bethechange #snake #snakebites #venom
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"You know, you can touch a stick of dynamite, but if you touch a venomous snake it'll turn around and bite you and kill you so fast it's not even funny."

- Steve Irwin

"I've probably saved thousands of peoples' lives with my educational message on snake bites, how to get in around venomous anything." -Steve Irwin #trvst #quotes #impact #bethechange #snake #snakebites
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"I've probably saved thousands of peoples' lives with my educational message on snake bites, how to get in around venomous anything."

- Steve Irwin

"Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous." -Chanakya #trvst #quotes #impact #planetearthfirst #snake #snakebites #poison #venom
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"Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous."

- Chanakya

"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake." -W. C. Fields #trvst #quotes #bethechange #planetearthfirst #snake #snakebites
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"Always carry a flagon of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."

- W. C. Fields

"I don't have any irrational fears. Obviously, if I was walking through the outback, and I saw a snake, I wouldn't go up and stroke it, but I wouldn't run screaming from it, either." -Ophelia Lovibond #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #socialimpact #snake #fear
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"I don't have any irrational fears. Obviously, if I was walking through the outback, and I saw a snake, I wouldn't go up and stroke it, but I wouldn't run screaming from it, either."

- Ophelia Lovibond

"No, snakes are no problem. I'd go to any country, anywhere, any snakes, not a problem." -Steve Irwin #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #snake #nature
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"No, snakes are no problem. I'd go to any country, anywhere, any snakes, not a problem."

- Steve Irwin

Metaphorical Quotes About Snakes You Can Use Every Day

To eat their prey, snakes devour them whole. In 2018, Floridians saw a Burmese python swallowing a young deer. This shocking sight is possible due to their jaw anatomy. Snakes can unhinge their jaw with the help of the surrounding ligaments. Unlike us, who can only open our mouths to 26 degrees, snakes can extend their jaws to an incredible 160 degrees.

Swallow these metaphorical quotes about out slithering friends you can use daily in your conversations.

"Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way." -Jean Anouilh #trvst #quotes #bethechange #dogood #snake #strike
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"Propaganda is a soft weapon; hold it in your hands too long, and it will move about like a snake, and strike the other way."

- Jean Anouilh

"We must enlist our own snake and strike like a cobra against their vitals with an attack on Washington." -Robert E. Lee #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #impact #snake
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"We must enlist our own snake and strike like a cobra against their vitals with an attack on Washington."

- Robert E. Lee

"Everybody has ways in which they've been lucky in life, and everybody also has ways in which they've definitely rolled snake eyes." -Tana French #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #dogood #snake #snakeeyes
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"Everybody has ways in which they've been lucky in life, and everybody also has ways in which they've definitely rolled snake eyes."

- Tana French

"The snake kills by squeezing very slowly. This is how the civilized world slowly, slowly pushes into the forest and takes away the world that used to be." -James Cameron #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #takeaction #snake #world #forest
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"The snake kills by squeezing very slowly. This is how the civilized world slowly, slowly pushes into the forest and takes away the world that used to be."

- James Cameron

"I'm one of those people who snake through the crowd, keep my head low. I'm not looking for attention." -Julian Lennon #trvst #quotes #socialchange #beinspired #snake #people
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"I'm one of those people who snake through the crowd, keep my head low. I'm not looking for attention."

- Julian Lennon

"In social matters, pointless conventions are not merely the bee sting of etiquette, but the snake bite of moral order." -Florence King #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #socialchange #snake
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"In social matters, pointless conventions are not merely the bee sting of etiquette, but the snake bite of moral order."

- Florence King

"I'm like a snake sleeping on a rock. I won't bother you unless you poke a stick at me." -Harlan Ellison #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #beinspired #snake
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"I'm like a snake sleeping on a rock. I won't bother you unless you poke a stick at me."

- Harlan Ellison

"You can't play a guy who's just a snake, because what do you draw on?" -J. K. Simmons #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #thinkgreen #snake
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"You can't play a guy who's just a snake, because what do you draw on?"

- J. K. Simmons

"Meditation isn't snake oil. For some people, meditation might be the most efficient way to reduce stress and cultivate mindfulness. But it isn't a panacea. If you don't meditate, there's no need to stress out about it." -Adam Grant #trvst #quotes #collectiveaction #socialchange #snake #snakoil
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"Meditation isn't snake oil. For some people, meditation might be the most efficient way to reduce stress and cultivate mindfulness. But it isn't a panacea. If you don't meditate, there's no need to stress out about it."

- Adam Grant

Snake Quotes About Lies And Betrayals

Snakes in many cultures and literature have become synonymous with lies and betrayals. This averse definition likely stems from their hunting tactics. Snakes are ambush predators that stalk and give their victims slow, agonizing death. Thanks to Jacobson's Organ, they can "smell" their surroundings through their tongues. In addition, some snakes have pit organs that allow them to detect infrared waves from their warm-bodied prey, making them effective hunters at night. 

Continue to respect these legless carnivorous reptiles while remaining cautious as you read the following snake quotes.

"Truth is as straight as an arrow, while a lie swivels like a snake." -Suzy Kassem #trvst #quotes #dogood #bethechange #snake #lies
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"Truth is as straight as an arrow, while a lie swivels like a snake."

- Suzy Kassem

"To the unspoiled, even a snake bite is a loving kiss. But to the spoiled even a loving kiss is a snake bite." -Mikhail Naimy #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #planetearthfirst #snake #betrayal #lies
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"To the unspoiled, even a snake bite is a loving kiss. But to the spoiled even a loving kiss is a snake bite."

- Mikhail Naimy

"It's good to see the snakes revealing themselves. They weren't actually hidden at all. People hide behind the masks, but eventually you see them for who they truly are." -Amaka Imani Nkosazana #trvst #quotes #bethechange #beinspired #snake #betrayal #lies
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"It's good to see the snakes revealing themselves. They weren't actually hidden at all. People hide behind the masks, but eventually you see them for who they truly are."

- Amaka Imani Nkosazana

"The snake produces poison in its body to poison its enemies! But man is a strange snake; he produces poison in his mind to poison his fellow men!" -Mehmet Murat ildan #trvst #quotes #takeaction #thinkgreen #snake #poison
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"The snake produces poison in its body to poison its enemies! But man is a strange snake; he produces poison in his mind to poison his fellow men!"

- Mehmet Murat ildan

"Well, yeah, you listen to a talking snake and there's gonna be trouble." -Mike Mignola #trvst #quotes #beinspired #collectiveaction #snake #betrayal #lies
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"Well, yeah, you listen to a talking snake and there's gonna be trouble."

- Mike Mignola

"When a woman teams up with a snake a moral storm threatens somewhere." -Stacy Schiff #trvst #quotes #impact #bethechange #snake #betrayal #lies
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"When a woman teams up with a snake a moral storm threatens somewhere."

- Stacy Schiff

"Snakes hide in grass, people behind their lies." -Nopain #trvst #quotes #dogood #beinspired #snake #people #lies
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"Snakes hide in grass, people behind their lies."

- Nopain

"The snake grins through his fangs, admiring Eve's playacting." -David Mitchell #trvst #quotes #impact #thinkgreen #snake #betrayal #lies
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"The snake grins through his fangs, admiring Eve's playacting."

- David Mitchell

Noteworthy Snake Quotes From Various Authors And Poets

The recurrence of snake symbolism is evident in literature dating back to ancient times. Satan famously disguised himself as a snake in the bible. In Hindu mythology, snakes represent freedom since people cannot tame them. Also, Eastern Asian mythology links snakes to lucky fortunes and dragons, which they treat with high regard.

Check out these interesting snake quotes from the arts and literature.

"Snake's poison is life to the snake; it is in relation to man that it means death." -Rumi #trvst #quotes #gogreen #socialimpact #snake #life #literature
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"Snake's poison is life to the snake; it is in relation to man that it means death."

- Rumi

"The snake stood up for evil in the Garden." -Robert Frost #trvst #quotes #ecoconscious #planetearthfirst #snake #literature #RobertFrost

"The snake stood up for evil in the Garden."

- Robert Frost

"There's a snake lurking in the grass." -Virgil #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #takeaction #snake #literature #Virgil
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"There's a snake lurking in the grass."

- Virgil

"Every great story seems to begin with a snake." -Nicolas Cage #trvst #quotes #dogood #collectiveaction #snake #story
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"Every great story seems to begin with a snake."

- Nicolas Cage

"What is with these guys? Where's the thrill in watching snakes eat? I certainly didn't thrill in watching humans eat." -Patrick Jennings. #trvst #quotes #socialchange #beinspired #snake #literature
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"What is with these guys? Where's the thrill in watching snakes eat? I certainly didn't thrill in watching humans eat."

- Patrick Jennings.

"Method is more important than strength, when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake, a crow once managed To have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads." -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow #trvst #quotes #planetearthfirst #socialimpact #snake #literature
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"Method is more important than strength, when you wish to control your enemies. By dropping golden beads near a snake, a crow once managed To have a passer-by kill the snake for the beads."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"He was a poison snake, and I was another, and on such terms we pleased ourselves." -Madeline Miller #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #ecoconscious #snake #literature
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"He was a poison snake, and I was another, and on such terms we pleased ourselves."

- Madeline Miller

Philosophical Snake Quotes To Think About

Snakes, in general, are not extinct. However, human activities- habitat loss, climate change, snake disease, and human persecution- still threaten their population. As of the time of writing, the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List list 88 critically endangered and 186 endangered snakes.

After reading the rest of the snake quotes, let us recognize their purpose in our natural ecosystems and respect their existence no matter what beliefs are attached to them.

"A snake knows more about what is happening around than any other creature, because it has no ears to listen to gossip - only direct perception." -Jaggi Vasudev #trvst #quotes #bethechange #gogreen #snake #philosophical
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"A snake knows more about what is happening around than any other creature, because it has no ears to listen to gossip - only direct perception."

- Jaggi Vasudev

"Not all the snakes are poisonous and not all the poisons are deadly! Keep this in mind when bitten." -Mehmet Murat Ildan #trvst #quotes #bethechange #dogood #snake #philosophical
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"Not all the snakes are poisonous and not all the poisons are deadly! Keep this in mind when bitten."

- Mehmet Murat Ildan

"The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can't wake up." -D. H. Lawrence #trvst #quotes #changetheworld #socialchange #snake #dreaming #philosophical
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"The world of men is dreaming, it has gone mad in its sleep, and a snake is strangling it, but it can't wake up."

- D. H. Lawrence

"I want to give up my bearings, slip out of who I am, shed everything, the way a snake discards old skin." -Khaled Hosseini #trvst #quotes #thinkgreen #socialchange #snake #philosophical
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"I want to give up my bearings, slip out of who I am, shed everything, the way a snake discards old skin."

- Khaled Hosseini

"The crookedness of the serpent is still straight enough to slide through the snake hole." -Abraham Verghese #trvst #quotes #dogood #bethechange #snake #philosophical
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"The crookedness of the serpent is still straight enough to slide through the snake hole."

- Abraham Verghese

"Death consists, indeed, in a repeated process of unrobing, or unsheathing. The immortal part of man shakes off from itself, one after the other, its outer casings, and - as the snake from its skin, the butterfly from its chrysalis - emerges from one after another, passing into a higher state of consciousness." -Annie Besant #trvst #quotes #takeaction #dogood #snake #transformation #butterfly #philosophical
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"Death consists, indeed, in a repeated process of unrobing, or unsheathing. The immortal part of man shakes off from itself, one after the other, its outer casings, and - as the snake from its skin, the butterfly from its chrysalis - emerges from one after another, passing into a higher state of consciousness."

- Annie Besant

"An indigo snake leaves a lasting impression." -Padgett Powell #trvst #quotes #socialimpact #impact #snake
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"An indigo snake leaves a lasting impression."

- Padgett Powell

"When you're a snake charmer, you're gonna get bit." -LaVar Ball #trvst #quotes #dogood #socialimpact #snake #philosophical
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"When you're a snake charmer, you're gonna get bit."

- LaVar Ball

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