Snakes are legless reptiles that are only mentioned in DreamWorks Dragons franchise.
Snakes are reptiles belonging to the Suborder Serpentes. They have no legs and are thought to have evolved from burrowing lizards. Snakes are also known for their "unhingable" jaw, which allows them to swallow prey much larger than their heads, like small mammals, birds, reptiles, eggs, and insects. Many snake species are also able to inject venom through their fangs, which can fold down in the mouth when not in use. Venom is actually modified saliva used in hunting and in defense. The potency of venom varies greatly between species from a minor irritant to deadly to humans. Sea snakes have the most deadly venom in the world.
There is no current function for the snake in DreamWorks Dragons universe.
In reality, snakes can be eaten by humans, used for their skins, and even kept as pets, such as the Ball Python and Corn Snake. Snake venom is used in medical research, as well as formulating antivenom treatment to counteract a poisonous snake bite.
|“||Hey! That cloud looks like a snake. [src]||”|
|— Snotlout during treasure hunting|
|“||In a perfect world, if it eats the flowers [ Blue Oleander ], maybe its venom can be used as an antidote, like with snakes and spiders. [src]||”|
|— Fishlegs about Scauldron venom|
When the Dragon Riders search for an island to set up a new outpost in "When Darkness Falls", they arrive on Dragon's Edge. Tuffnut believes there is something sinister lurking on the island after dark, and discusses what that might be. Ultimately, the dragon riders discover that it is the resident Night Terrors.
|“||What if there were... snakes out there in the dark! Hm? Giant snakes? Snakes big enough to swallow a man whole and then barf out his bones? [src]||”|
|— Tuffnut trying to scare Snotlout|
|— Ruff and Tuff about Snotlout's bite|
|“||Is it more like a giant fish? Or a big snake?||”|
|— Astrid asking Fishlegs|
During Loki Day in "Shock and Awe", Tuffnut pranks Ruffnut by digging a hole and putting a snake inside it. After falling in it, Ruff is bitten by the snake.
|“||Just wait 'till she sees the snake I put down there! [src]||”|
|— Tuffnut explaining the prank to Snotlout|
In "No Dragon Left Behind", the Slitherwing Dragons were mistakes as snakes by Fishlegs and when the Slitherwings show there wings, Hiccup mentioned that those are not snakes.
|“||Oh, right, -like I knew that there were giant snakes here. Those are my favorite. [src]||”|
|— Fishlegs mistakes a Slitherwing as a snake|
|“||Uh, by the way, those are not snakes! Those are Slitherwing dragons. [src]||”|
|— Hiccup correcting Fishlegs|
An image with a snake appears in Loki's Mirage during the part Food Chain.
Snakes are mentioned in the quest "The Return of the Dreadfall". Tuffnut says that he once put a nest of snakes in Snotlout's bed.
|“||Remember when we put the nest of snakes in his bed? He didn't even notice that they were spelling out his name!||”|
|— Tuffnut about his prank|
Snakes are also mentioned in the quest "The Wolves Are Coming!" as a food source of the Wild Boars.
|“||I've even see them snatching a snake or two!||”|
|— Snotlout about the Wild Boars|
Snakes are mentioned by Hiccup in the quest "The Newest Dragon Eye Lens", which is part of the "Call of the Death Song".
|“||That's just like a snake. They show no sign of an outer ear, but their inner ear gets a signal from their muscles, skin and bones; and thats how they "hear".||”|
|“||Looks like this storekeeper has a collection of things on sale other than Harald's trash. I bet it's a load of snake oil medicine, all meant to swindle dragon hunters out of their money.||”|
A metal man-made snake is an object that you can get from Trader Johann in order to complete collections.
Snakes are also mentioned in Colorcrunch's description.
|“||In nature, colorful serpents are often the deadliest, and this flashy Thunderpede is no different. He attacks with a full spectrum of smashing power.||”|
|— Dragons: Rise of Berk|
Rattlesnakes are mentioned in Syringaca's description.
|“||His colorful, egg-like appendages clatter like a rattlesnake's. [src]||”|
|— Dragons: Rise of Berk|
|“||After his escape, Padraig went home and became a holy man dedicated to this peculiar deity, then returned to Erin to preach about how the three leaved shamrock is the perfect metaphor for how his god is three people in one, and how snakes are bad.||”|
|— Dragons: Titan Uprising|
Snakes are mentioned in St. Paddy's Toothless's description.
As an epithet
Ruffnut compares Gruffnut with a snake.
|“||He just blows into town and before anyone can get too close, he slithers off like the snake that he is!||”|
|— Ruffnut about Gruffnut|
Astrid also calls Harald Forkbeard a snake.
|“||I should have known that we were letting a snake into our midst.||”|
Snotlout calls Harald a snake too.
|“||Look: there's that snake Harald, taunting us with his new victory! I'd like to send him slithering for a hole to hide in, just like we did at Berk.||”|
In a communication with the Entertainment News Site, Empire Online, DreamWorks Animation character designer Simon Otto, describes Barf and Belch (and by extension, the Hideous Zippleback species) as being "influenced by cobras in the way their head and tail movements are fluid and mesmerising, but they walk more like horned lizards or komodo dragons."
Simon Otto states that "Nightmares also have snake-like attributes in their behavior."
According to Simon Otto, Toothless (and perhaps the Night Fury species, was inspired by multiple animals, including snakes: "His [Toothless'] personality, appearance and behavior is a mix between a horse, wombat, kangaroo, bat, snake, dog, cat, panther and a bird of prey."
This Mystery Class dragon is based off some species of venomous snakes.
|“||Giant winged snakes with venomous scales and fangs, Slitherwings are truly the stuff of nightmares! Like regular snakes, a Slitherwing’s bright coloration indicates its venom level.||”|
- Snake on Wikipedia
- How To Create Your Dragon: The Inspirations Behind The Creatures. Empire Online. (Published on July 10, 2014)