How do you say SNAKE in Italian?

Snake in Italian


Serpente is how you say snake in Italian.

OriginFrom the Latin word serpens, from serpĕre, “to slither”


Snake in Italian: Different forms

Like most nouns in Italian, serpente has two articles (definite or indefinite articles) and two numbers (singular or plural).

Un serpente
A snake

Dei serpenti
Some snakes

Il serpente
The snake

I serpenti
The snakes

a venomous snake showing its fangs

You can also say serpe, but serpente is more common. Serpe has a negative connotation.

La serpe
The snake

Snake in Italian: Examples

Il serpente sibila.
The snake hisses.

I serpenti mi terrorizzano.
Snakes terrify me.

Ho appena toccato un serpente.
I just touched a snake.

Ho paura dei serpenti.
I’m scared of snakes.

a rattlesnake

Serpente a sonagli

Serpente dagli occhiali

Pelle di serpente

The pelle di serpente is a hide that is used to make bags.

For example, you can say:

Tom è stato morso da un serpente a sonagli.
Tom was bitten by a rattlesnake.

Ho trovato una pelle di serpente in soffitta. Come c’è finita lì?
I found a snakeskin in the attic. How did it get there?

A snake can be venomous:

Serpente velenoso
Venomous snake

Qual è il serpente più velenoso al mondo?
Which is the most venomous snake in the world?

Some common verbs that are used with snake in Italian are strisciare (to slither), attorcigliarsi (to twist around), guizzare (to dart) and sibilare (to hiss).

Of course, snakes can also mordere, to bite.

Morso di serpente
Snake’s bite

Finally, the snake that bites its tail (il serpente che si mangia la coda) in a neverending cyrcle is called uroboro (ouroboros).


a red ouroboros

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