For a list of all snakes, see list of snakes.
| A burning red snake which dwells in pools of lava. It spits gobs of molten rock at passers-by.
“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.”
Lava snakes are lava-dwelling snakes that spit fire at you if you come within their line of sight, much like a fiery equivalent to electric eels. They can be found anywhere that lava occurs, except for the early portions of the Dungeon.
Tips & Tricks
Lava snakes are only worth 48 XP and leave no corpse; you can afford to skip them over. They have high EV, so a wand of cold will often miss them. Use a wand of paralysis or wand of polymorph instead.