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The sigil of House Lynderly depicts green serpents.

The snake is similar to a real life snake.

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] viper,[6] water snake,[7] and white snake.[8]

According to Ser Eustace Hightower, a hundred different sorts of snakes lives on the continent of Sothoryos.[9]


Westerosi sigils depicting snakes include those of Houses Gargalen, Lynderly, Paege, Saltcliffe, Wydman, and Wyl.[10]

Snakewood is the seat of House Lynderly as well as a forest in the Vale of Arryn.[11][12]

A serpent god is worshipped in the lost city of Lyber.[13]

Dornishmen are fond of adding snake venom to their wine[9] and food.[14] As a result they are often compared to snakes by other Westerosi.[9]

Slender pole boats, known as serpent boats, are used to move through Braavos's canals.[15][16][17]

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.[18] Lord Corlys Velaryon was the greatest seafarer the Seven Kingdoms had ever known.[19] He was best known as the Sea Snake, a nickname he got from his ship.[20] Lady Serala of Myr was known as The Lace Serpent.[21] Prince Oberyn Martell earns 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.[22] Oberyn's eight bastard daughters are collectively known as the Sand Snakes.[14]


After being captured, Ser Aemon Targaryen was put naked in a crow cage above a pit filled with vipers by Lord Wyl.[23]

Prince Oberyn Martell taught his daughter, Tyene Sand, how to milk viper venom.[6]

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." being one of them.[24][7][25]

A Storm of Swords

Lady Olenna Tyrell refer to Oberyn Martell's longtime paramour as the serpent's whore.[26]


  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 Feast for Crows, Chapter 21, The Queenmaker.
  7. 7.0 7.1 A Clash of Kings, Chapter 14, Arya IV.
  8. A Dance with Dragons, Chapter 20, Reek II.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Fire & Blood, The Long Reign - Jaehaerys and Alysanne: Policy, Progeny, and Pain.
  10. The Citadel: Heraldry
  11. A Feast for Crows, Appendix.
  12. The Lands of Ice and Fire, Westeros.
  13. The World of Ice & Fire, Beyond the Free Cities: The Grasslands.
  14. 14.0 14.1 A Feast for Crows, Chapter 13, The Soiled Knight.
  15. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 6, Arya I.
  16. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 26, Samwell III.
  17. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 34, Cat Of The Canals.
  18. Fire & Blood, The Year of the Three Brides - 49 AC.
  19. Fire & Blood, Heirs of the Dragon - A Question of Succession.
  20. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Jaehaerys I.
  21. A Feast for Crows, Chapter 9, Brienne II.
  22. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 38, Tyrion V.
  23. The World of Ice & Fire, The Targaryen Kings: Baelor I.
  24. A Game of Thrones, Chapter 50, Arya IV.
  25. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 13, Arya II.
  26. A Storm of Swords, Chapter 53, Tyrion VI.