For a list of all snakes, see list of snakes.
| A largish venomous brown snake. It usually lives near water, and is an able swimmer.
“The latter lived in the country, and before his house there was an oak, in which there was a lair of snakes. His servants killed the snakes, but Melampus gathered wood and burnt the reptiles, and reared the young ones. And when the young were full grown, they stood beside him at each of his shoulders as he slept, and they purged his ears with their tongues. He started up in a great fright, but understood the voices of the birds flying overhead, and from what he learned from them he foretold to men what should come to pass.”
Water moccasins are larger and stronger than the adders found early on, but are otherwise very similar. They move fast, inflict poison with their bites, and move quickly through water. They commonly appear in the Lair and the Snake Pits, and may appear in the middle-Dungeon. They can also be generated as allies with the spell Sticks to Snakes.
Tips & Tricks
- Ideally, you should be equipped to survive poison by the time you encounter them. If you find yourself having difficulty handling moccasins, be extremely wary of the Lair, as black mambas are far, far deadlier.
Prior to 0.6, water moccasins were called brown snakes.