Snakes of Gor
This research is done on the series of books written by John Norman, the comments in italics are mine and my point of view.
Woman of Gor
HITH

One obvious danger lay in the road itself, and the fact that I had no light. After dark, various
serpents seek out the road for its warmth, its stones retaining the sun's heat longer than the
surrounding countryside. One such serpent was the huge, many-banded Gorean python, the hith.
One to be feared even more perhaps was the tiny ost, a venomous, brilliantly orange reptile little
more than a foot in length, whose bite spelled an excruciating death within seconds. Outlaw of
Gor, page 26

In one cage, restlessly lifting its swaying head, there coiled a great, banded hith, Gor's most
feared serpentine constrictor. It was native only to certain areas of the forest. Marlenus' hunting
must have ranged widely. Captive of Gor, page 210

Marsh Moccasin

“That is a marsh moccasin,” I said.
“Are they poisonous,” she asked.
“Yes,” I said.
“I never saw one before,” she said.
“They are not common,” I said, “even in the delta.”
“Are they poisonous like the ost?” she asked. Vagabonds of Gor, page 267

Ost

“Like the ost?” she asked.
“What?” I asked.
“Are they poisonous, the marsh moccasins, like the ost?” she said.
“They are quite poisonous,” I said, “but their venom, as I understand it, does not compare to that
of the ost.”
“Could I survive its bite?” she asked.
“Possibly,” I said. “I do not know.”
“I do not think I shall attempt to essay the experiment,” she said.
“That is wise on your part,” I said.
“Do men ever throw women to marsh moccasins, or osts?” she asked.
“Perhaps free women,” I said, "as a form of execution.” Vagabonds of Gor, page 268

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This research is done on the series of books written by John Norman, the comments in italics are mine and my point of view.
Woman of Gor