Small beast, unaligned

Armor Class 13 natural armor
Hit Points 13 (3d6+3)
Speed 25 ft., swim 25 ft.

13 (+1) 15 (+2) 12 (+1) 1 (-5) 10 (+0) 3 (-4)

Senses tremorsense 60 ft., passive Perception 10
Challenge 1/4 (50 XP)


  • Bite. Melee Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, reach 5 ft., one target. Hit: 5 (1d6 + 2) piercing damage and 5 (2d4) poison damage.
  • Spit Venom. Ranged Weapon Attack: +4 to hit, range 20/60 ft., one target. Hit: 9 (2d8) poison damage.


Central and South America and the Caribbean are the home to a wide variety of venomous and constrictor snakes. In addition to the titanic and truly monstrous menaces described elsewhere in this book and the mundane reptiles commonly known on Earth, however, there are a variety of unusual serpents drawn from myth and legend.

Chimalcoatl. Also called the “shield snake,” this thick, 8-foot-long gray and red serpent is unique for the broad, fleshy oval section on its back that resembles nothing so much as a round shield. This oval section has a flexible bony skeleton undergirding it and a vividly colored iridescent pattern that shifts and changes as the chimalcoatl moves. Its appearance is seen as an omen, with the changing patterns on its back indicating whether it brings weal or woe, prosperity and good fortune or death and war.

Tililcoatl. These curious snakes have dark black to purple scales, but their most distinguishing feature is that their body forks after about 2 feet of length into two separate tails, each another 2 to 3 feet in length. One of its tails contains its stomach and digestion and the other a venom sac which holds a potent toxin it stores and can spit at its enemies.

Velachif. This bright golden snake is only 3 feet long but is both poisonous and venomous. Its bite can be deadly to small creatures. Its flesh is considered a fine delicacy, but proper preparation is essential to remove the poison sacs that line each flank. An intact velachif can be sold for 5 to 50 gp to the right buyer. Xicalcoatl: This strange serpent is only 2-3 feet long, with scales of brown, bronze, and black with variegated scales on its belly. Its strangest feature, however, is a rounded protuberance they develop in adulthood that looks like a jicara, a drinking gourd or cup, with a smooth surface and the appearance of painted designs and patterns. The xicalcoatl can release pheromones that simulate the scent of brewed coffee or cocoa, and they lie in wait either in the grass or floating just below the surface of a pool, using the jicara as a lure. Creatures curious to see or fascinated by the aroma may be drawn into the water, at which point the xicalcoatl surges through the water at great speed creating a vortex that drags its victim into the water, drowning it.

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