Reed snakes were small and very thin, usually no more than 4 feet (1.2 meters) long with bodies no thicker than the stem of a small flower. Their dull green scales allowed them to blend in with grass.
A bite from a reed snake released a deadly toxin into the bloodstream of its prey. Due to their size, they only attacked sleeping prey, including humanoids. The bite from a reed snake was usually fatal and caused great pain in the victim, beginning as a slight sting at the site of the bite and eventually radiating throughout the whole body. A neutralize poison spell neutralized the effects of the venom, and diamond cure was recommended as an antivenom.
- Ed Greenwood, Eric L. Boyd, Darrin Drader (July 2004). Serpent Kingdoms. (Wizards of the Coast), pp. 84–85. ISBN 0-7869-3277-5.
- Donald J. Bingle (April 1995). “The Hill of Lost Souls”. In Elizabeth T. Danforth ed. Elminster's Ecologies Appendix I (TSR, Inc), p. 22. ISBN 0-7869-0115-2.
- Donald J. Bingle (April 1995). “The Hill of Lost Souls”. In Elizabeth T. Danforth ed. Elminster's Ecologies Appendix I (TSR, Inc), p. 21. ISBN 0-7869-0115-2.