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The verb used in Latin for the movement of snakes is serpere, "to creep", or labi, "to slip". The former emphasizes the slowness of the movement, the later the smoothness. The elegist Propertius writes non squamoso labunturventre cerastae "no horned snakes slip on scaly bellies"; Ovid writes per iniectis adopertam floribus ingens serpit humum "The vast [serpent] creeps over the flower-strewn ground".

In the present tense, the forms are:

serpo - labor - I slither

serpis - laberis - you (singular) slither

serpit - labitur - he, she, it slithers

serpimus - labimur - we slither

serpitis - labimini - you (plural) slither

serpunt - labuntur - they slither

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