Snake, sixth in the Chinese zodiac, is often respectfully referred to as “Little Dragon.” This is because the mythical figure of the dragon is said to have originally been modeled on the snake. According to one Chinese legend, Fu Xi, the Descendant of the Dragon, and Nv Wa, the Descendant of the Snake, were the original father and mother of the Chinese people.

The traditional Chinese opera The Legend of White Snake tells the story of Bai Shejing, a magical snake who was able to transform herself into a beautiful woman named Bai Niangzi. Despite her great supernatural powers, Bai Niangzi was gentle and beautiful, and yearned for the freedom of human love. One day, she and her handmaiden Xiao Qing (originally a snake named Qing Shejing) were walking along the banks of West Lake in their human forms, when they encountered the scholar Xu Xian. Bai Niangzi and Xu Xian fell deeply in love. Although they encountered many obstacles, and Bai Niangzi was imprisoned for many years under Leifeng Pagoda, she never wavered in her love.

People tend to be afraid of snakes, as reflected in the saying “Bit once by a snake, scared by a piece of rope for ten years.” “Insatiable as a snake swallowing an elephant” describes extreme greed. “Adding feet to a drawing of a snake” means ruining something with superfluous additions.


Clever and adaptable Snake is the only coldblooded animal in the Chinese zodiac. Snake corresponds to Virgo in the Western zodiac. People born in the Year of the Snake are cool and collected by nature. They are eloquent and tenacious, inspired and resourceful, and are unwilling to accept defeat.

However, people born in the Year of the Snake also tend to be self-important and suspicious, and need to work on cooperating with others. They have a vulnerable side to their personality, and can be easily hurt emotionally.

People whose birthdays fall during the following periods are born in the Year of the Snake:


The first date indicates Lunar New Year’s Day. The second date indicates the last day of the lunar year.

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