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What's the difference between "snake" and "serpent"? Because somehow the bible seems to use the word "serpent" more often.


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"Serpent" and "snake" have the same meaning, but "serpent" is more old fashioned and used in literary contexts, which is why it is more commonly used in the bible. "Snake" is more common to use in every day conversation as it is more casual.

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