CRYSTAL SERPENT1
This serpentine creature glides through the earth as through it were water. Its iridescent scales radiate a faint amber-green glow.

Crystal Serpent (CR 1; XP 400)
N Small magical beast (earth)
Init +2; Senses darkvision 60 ft., low-light vision, tremorsense 60 ft; Perception +0
Defense
AC 16, touch 13, flat-footed 14
(+2 Dex, +3 natural, +1 size)
hp 8 (1d10+3)
Fort +5, Ref +6, Will +0
Immune electricity; Resist acid 5
Offense
Speed 30 ft., burrow 20 ft.; earth glide
Melee bite +2 (1d4+1 plus 1d4 electricity)
Special Attacks shock
Statistics
Str 12, Dex 14, Con 17, Int 8, Wis 10, Cha 5
Base Atk +1; CMB +1; CMD 13
Feats Lightning Reflexes
Skills Stealth +10
Languages Terran
Ecology
Environment desert
Organization solitary, pair, or nest (3-8)
Treasure standard
Special Abilities
Shock (Ex) The bite of a crystal serpent carries a piezoelectric shock that deals 1d4 points of electricity damage.

Crystal serpents resemble fat 3 ft. long snakes of more normal variety, except that they are composed of minerals and crystals, speckled with tiny geodes, with gem-like eyes. It is likely that they once were denizens of the Elemental Plane of Earth, but now live and breed on the Material Plane, hunting small animals by erupting from sand and stone, biting and shocking them to death. They have also been known to coil around stalagmites and enjoy dripping minerals; they otherwise dislike and avoid water. Crystal serpent eggs look like tiny, beautiful geodes, and are laid underground in clutches of 4-10, though the young are quite prone to cannibalism of their siblings. Collecting the pretty ‘gems’ seems to be profitable for casual spelunkers until they hatch; the young can deal a nasty shock for 1 hp of damage if handled. These creatures are fairly intelligent and will converse with beings that are bigger than they are and can speak with them, and do not pose a threat. They enjoy treats of acidic food and may respond with local information about their environment or even nearby mineral deposits. Dwarves sometimes employ them in this regard, calling them ‘sniffer snakes’, though they are prone to escaping to pursue their own whims.

ON PORPHYRA
Crystal serpents are common hazards in the southwestern deserts of Siwath, Simoon and Ghadab. Though the Creeper’s Rift lies within this region the crystal serpents seem unable to breach the godswall that surrounds it. Arcane spellcasters who are devoted followers of Drothos, Enor Ashlord, or Najim may select a crystal serpent as a familiar at 5th level with the Improved Familiar feat.