The black water snake is never aggressive unless provoked.
It glides effortlessly through the water but is equally at home on dry land.
It rarely attacks but when it does its poison is fast-acting and fatal.
Those who are pure of heart have nothing to fear
from this guardian of our emotional well-being.
HAPPY NEW LUNAR EAR, FOLKS!
Silver serpent on onyx wand from the Sacred Valley of the Incas