There are numerous species of Snake common to the Old World, including the terrifying Giant Rattler and the huge Rock Serpent. Ordinary Snakes are bad enough at the best of times, but Giant Snakes are more fearsome in proportion to their size. Most Snakes may attack by biting or by constriction, but they may not do both in the same round. The bite attack may or may not be venomous, at the gamesmaster's option (about 40% of Giant Snakes are venomous). Some venomous snakes may spit poison up to 10 yards and a successful hit will blind the victim for D6 rounds.
Giant Rattlers are an especially large and fearsome form of Giant Rattlesnake. Unless surprised or attacking with surprise, the Giant Rattler will usually announce its presence by shaking its tail in a most distinctive warning. They have no constriction attack, but have a venomous bite each round.
Rock Serpents are giant snakes which are found on craggy ledges and cliff faces. They feed mostly on birds and their eggs and are able to climb almost sheer vertical surfaces with ease. They take no damage from falls or jumps - making it possible for the creature to hurl itself on a victim from the top of a high cliff or ledge, which always counts as a surprise! Rock Serpents have one bite attack per round, which is not venomous, but they usually swallow dead or unconscious victims whole. It takes 1 round to swallow a man-sized victim, who will suffer 1 W in each subsequent round, irrespective of all modifiers.
Vipers are typical of several species of non-monstrous poisonous Snakes which inhabit the Old World. They prefer a cool woodland environment, hibernating during the winter and being most active in the summer. Vipers prey mainly on small rodents and birds, but will attack a creature of any size, if disturbed or threatened.
Giant Snakes can reach almost any length. The profile given is for a relatively small animal of about 15 feet; larger snakes add +1 S, +1 T, and +5 W for each additional 10 feet of length. Vipers grow to a length of about 5 feet and are distinguished by a dark 'V' pattern on the head and a line of black diamond shapes running along the back.
All Snakes have poor eyesight, but are able to sense warm-blooded creatures accurately within 20 yards. Lanterns or torches will confuse a Snake, reducing its I by D6 x 10 points for that round. The BS score given here is for venomous spitting snakes only. Snake venom is usually extremely deadly - affected characters who fail a test against Poison will die in agony within D3 rounds.