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Fungal Snake
         

Horrible slithering monstrosity

Fungal Snake
“I wouldn't be goin' out there if I was you, friend. Them fungal snakes are mighty mean, I'd at least bring a friend or two before you go wanderin' around them swamps.” — unknown crawler country bumpkin

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  • Strength-7
  • Intelligence-1
  • Charisma-1
  • Endurance-8
  • Agility-2
  • Luck-4

Danger Level: Highly Dangerous

Likes: Assimilation, puddles that are deeper than they look, uninformed explorers
Dislikes: Extreme cold or heat, fire, other fungal snakes

Attack Method: Coiling and crushing their prey.

Attributes
Environment: Swamps, lakes, jungles
Lifespan: Unknown, thought to live indefinitely.
Height: 20 - 30 ft from tip to tail
Diet: Carrion, Garbage, Small insects

Rarity: Rare

Original Creator: ZombieMaggotQueen
Physical Description

From far away, they appear to be an extremely large snake, but with closer inspection, fungal snakes are a mass colony of mushrooms and molds forming together to make a large, slithering body. These colonies are tightly rooted together, tightening and contracting to simulate muscle so that it may have mobility. The head of the snake is the main control system of the entire colony, if one were to behead it the entire body will fall apart, however attempting to decapitate a fungal snake is a feat that not even some of the sharpest tools can accomplish due to the high density of mushrooms that make up it's flesh.

Fungal snakes may have a mouth or lack one all together, however it has no purpose beyond snaring prey and lacks teeth or a digestive system. They may possess from 1 to 8 pseudo eyes all along their bodies; while their eyesight is extremely poor they are able to pick up on bright lights and colors. Fungal snakes normally come in shades of greys and washed out colors, however brightly colored snakes have been bred in captivity.

Behavior

Starting as just single spores, it takes years for a full grown fungal snake to form together. They're on a constant search for food, its main diet consisting of decaying material. While a scavenger at their core, fungal snakes do seek prey, trapping anyone that gets too close to their domain and leaving the body to be consumed when deemed 'ripe' enough for consumption. Fungal snakes thrive in humid and damp environments, but hunger may drive them into more urban territories so they may feed on garbage as a last resort.

Incredibly territorial, upon meeting another of their kind they will coil around each other tightly, trying to assimilate one another into their colonies. This fight can last from days to months of the two violently thrashing and squeezing the other until one gives up, and allows the other snake to pull it into its mass.

Subspecies

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Special

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Trivia

• It is said that fungal snakes started to spread to other planets on spores carried by the ships that brought the Crawlerz into the space age. These spores are microscopic, and almost impossible to detect. While harmless to most living species, these spores can float around for eons, even surviving in space before landing in the perfect conditions to grow a new fungal snake.

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