Nab— As I remember my biblical stuff, it wasn’t till after the snake pulled off his con act that God said “On your belly shall you crawl etc.” But all the paintings of the incident show the snake in his current version. Do we have any concept of how the snake might have looked originally? Like a mastadon, maybe? Or is that part of the story metaphorical perhaps?
Come to think of it, wasn’t the word serpent used?