Isbell's book is titled The Fruit, the Tree and the serpent: Why We See So Well.
In fact I wanted to call the novel “Sex with the serpent Girl” but was overruled.
We are on the last leg of the walk, and beginning to lose hope of a serpent score.
She believed that both the smoke and fire were caused by the serpent.
No one but Achang had ever seen such a serpent, even in a museum.
That in his plate represents a swan flying away with a serpent.
Why, she had a serpent set with opals she wore as a brooch, and it brought her bad luck.
The part which the serpent plays in Brahminism is well known.
He flung the serpent into the ocean that engirdles the world.
A battle also between the owl and the serpent is noteworthy.
c.1300, "limbless reptile," also the tempter in Gen. iii:1-5, from Old French serpent, sarpent "snake, serpent" (12c.), from Latin serpentem (nominative serpens) "snake; creeping thing," also the name of a constellation, from present participle of serpere "to creep," from PIE *serp- "to crawl, creep" (cf. Sanskrit sarpati "creeps," sarpah "serpent;" Greek herpein "to creep," herpeton "serpent;" Albanian garper "serpent").
Used figuratively to express spiral or regularly sinuous, e.g. as the word for a type of musical instrument (1730). Serpent's tongue as figurative of venomous or stinging speech is from mistaken medieval notion that the serpent's tongue was its "sting." Serpent's tongue also was a name given to fossil shark's teeth (c.1600).