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The sigil of House Lynderly depicts green serpents.

The snake, or serpent, is a limbless carnivorous reptile.

Breeds and range

Different species of snakes exist in the known world, such as banded snake,[1] black adder,[2] cobra,[3] milk snake,[4] spitting snake,[5] striped snake,[6] viper,[7] water snake,[8] and white snake.[9]

According to Ser Eustace Hightower, a hundred different sorts of snakes live on the continent of Sothoryos.[10]


Westerosi sigils depicting snakes include those of Houses Gargalen, Lynderly, Paege, Saltcliffe, Wydman, and Wyl.[11]

Snakewood is the seat of House Lynderly in the Vale of Arryn, named for the nearby forest.[12][13]

The Milk Snakes are one of the Vale mountain clans of the Mountains of the Moon.[14][15]

A serpent god is worshipped in the lost city of Lyber.[16]

Dornishmen are fond of adding snake venom to their wine[10] and food.[17] As a result, they are often compared to snakes by other Westerosi.[18][10]

Princess Arianne Martell owns an ornate snake bracelet with copper and gold scales.[17]

Slender pole boats, known as serpent boats, are used to move through Braavos's canals.[19][20][21]

A mystery knight known as The Serpent in Scalet entered the tourney at the Golden Wedding and was ultimitely revealed to be Jonquil Darke, the bastard daughter of Lord Darklyn.[22]

Lord Corlys Velaryon was the greatest seafarer the Seven Kingdoms had ever known.[23] He was best known as the Sea Snake, a nickname he got from his ship.[24]

Lady Serala of Myr was known as The Lace Serpent.[25]

Prince Oberyn Martell earned his nickname The Red Viper after using poisoned blades during a duel to first blood with Lord Edgar Yronwood, killing the old lord in the process.[26] Oberyn's eight bastard daughters are collectively known as the Sand Snakes.[17]

Stonesnake is a veteran ranger of the Night's Watch.[27]

Senerra She-Snake is a pit fighter in Meereen.[28]


After being captured by Lord Wyl, Ser Aemon Targaryen was put naked in a crow cage above a pit filled with vipers.[29]

Prince Oberyn Martell taught his daughter, Tyene Sand, how to milk viper venom.[7]

Recent Events

A Game of Thrones

After fleeing King's Landing, Arya Stark repeats to herself phrases Syrio Forel taught her. "Quick as a snake" is one of them.[30][8][31]

A Storm of Swords

In the riverlands, Arya Stark and the brotherhood without banners camp overnight at High Heart. They meet with the ghost of High Heart to hear her tell the future. The old woman says she dreamed of a maid at a feast with purple serpents in her hair, venom dripping from their fangs.[32]

Lady Olenna Tyrell refers to Oberyn Martell's longtime paramour, Ellaria Sand, as the serpent's whore.[33]

A Dance with Dragons

During her walk of atonement, Cersei Lannister sees a whore with a huge striped snake draped about her breasts and shoulders.[6]


  1. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 6, The Merchant's Man.
  2. The Citadel. Heraldry: Houses from Dorne
  3. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 68, The Dragontamer.
  4. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 13, Bran II.
  5. A Clash of Kings, Chapter 40, Daenerys III.
  6. 6.0 6.1 A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 65, Cersei II.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  8. 8.0 8.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 14, Arya IV.
  9. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 20, Reek II.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  11. The Citadel: Heraldry
  12. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  13. The Lands of Ice and Fire, Westeros.
  14. The World of Ice & Fire, The Vale.
  15. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 31, Tyrion IV.
  16. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Grasslands.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  18. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 54, Cersei I.
  19. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 6, Arya I.
  20. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 26, Samwell III.
  21. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
  22. Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  23. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  24. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  25. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
  26. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  27. A Clash of Kings, Appendix.
  28. The Winds of Winter, Barristan I
  29. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  30. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 50, Arya IV.
  31. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 13, Arya II.
  32. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 43, Arya VIII.
  33. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.