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What is the apt word to be used when a snake has its head looking straight towards us and shows its tongue outside vociferously, probably when it is about to bite?

As user @J.R. suggested "mesmerizes" seems to be somewhat near. But I need something more than that, especially when like the snake is in a attempting position to bite someone.

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Run...........! – Edwin Ashworth Jan 21 '13 at 11:23
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I think you should provide a litte more context by editing your question. For a cobra, I believe that's called a threatening position. But there are also instances in literature where a snake mesmerizes its prey, so such a snake could be undulating as well. This depends on if we are watching a snake charmer, or if we are in danger of getting bit. – J.R. Jan 21 '13 at 11:35
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Possibly reared. – tylerharms Jan 21 '13 at 12:10
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@Lucky: notice I said "by editing your question." A comment is not an edit; it forces everyone else to read through this discussion to get a clarification you probably should have provided in the first place. – J.R. Jan 21 '13 at 12:15
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Most snakes must be coiled to a degree in order to strike. – Hot Licks Dec 29 '15 at 18:44
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I believe the word you're looking for is hooded.

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Not all snakes are hooded, it is specific to cobras. – KeyBrd Basher Jan 22 '13 at 10:26
    
You're right. Though I believe the original poster has a picture in mind of a hooded snake. So it seems. – Sathyaish Jan 22 '13 at 10:36

There is a phrase which suits the mentioned scenario: "ready to strike". The complete phrase(literary) goes like this

......coiled and ready to strike.

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I would suggest rear up:

The snake reared up, ready to strike.

Based on: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/reared

7. (of a person) to start up in angry excitement, hot resentment, or the like (usually followed by up).

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Thanks anyway but it was already suggested by tylerharms in his comments. :) Also the (of a person) makes me think its only for people and not animals. Correct me if I'm wrong. – Lucky Dec 31 '15 at 16:52
    
I missed it in the comments. "Reared up" was my first thought and I've only read/heard it used for animals; see 6. to rise on the hind legs, as a horse or other animal. Snakes are legless, but it's the same movement. – StuperUser Dec 31 '15 at 17:41

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