What would you call to "slither up" in Italian?

It is a verb that describes vertical movement of a snake.

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Suggestion: arrampicarsi.

Thank you.

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    This is the exact kind of questions to answer which dictionaries have been invented.
    – DaG
    Nov 1, 2016 at 15:57
  • Maybe "ergersi". It's not frequently used but I think it depends on the context. Nov 2, 2016 at 15:25
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    @FrancescoCerofolini: Veramente “ergersi” significa “drizzarsi, elevarsi”...
    – DaG
    Nov 2, 2016 at 18:15
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    The Oxford dictionary doesn't support a translation like "arrampicarsi”; I can't see hints for “vertical movement” in the description of the word.
    – egreg
    Nov 3, 2016 at 7:55

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Actually the verb "strisciare" is an inaccurate translation. You can use it with the adverb "sopra" or the preposition "su" (translated with the word "up") to explain the movement of a snake slithering ON something. If you want to say that a snake is slithering UP something you have to use the verb "salire". Ex. Il serpente sta strisciando sull'albero. = The snake is slithering on the tree. Il serpente sta salendo sull'albero. = The snake is slithering up the tree.

Sometimes you can hear the verb "arrampicare" referred to a snake but it's unformally used. In fact the verb "arrampicare/si (it's a reflexive verb)" should only be used for animals with arts as a direct translation of "to climb".

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