Snake, the Common, or co-Inter matrix, L. a native reptile, which is often found in bushy places, and in banks, near waters. It is from two to three, and in the south of Europe, often ten feet in length : the back is of a dusky colour, and the belly is beautifully variegated with black and bluish stripes. It has two rows of small serrated teeth, and is perfectly harmless; being destitute of the canine teeth, with which vipers and other venomous serpents are furnished. It produces numerous eggs, generally dropping them on dunghills, where they are hatched by the warmth of the sun.

The common snake feeds on small insects, frogs, and vegetable. substances; thus being of essential service to mankind : as it devours considerable numbers of field and harvest-mice.