Snivy is a reptilian Grass-type Pokémon. Most of its body is green in coloration, while it has a cream-colored underside. A yellow stripe runs down the length of its back and tail, and it also has yellow markings around its large eyes. Yellow, curved structures protrude from its shoulders and bend backwards. These structures resemble leaves or small wings, as well as a fleur-de-lis when viewed from the back, and give Snivy the appearance of wearing a collar. In spite of being snake-like in appearance, it has fully-developed limbs. Its slender arms are the same green color as the rest of its body and have three fingers, while its tiny feet match its underside in coloration and have no digits whatsoever. It has a large, palmate leaf with three prongs on the end of its tail.
It absorbs energy in the sunlight to grow more powerful, which also sharpens its movements and agility.
It is a smart Pokémon with a cool demeanor. It usually basks in the sun and undergoes photosynthesis with its tail, which droops when it loses energy.
Mostly they live in tall grass in forests, or in trees.
Ash's Snivy first appeared in BW007. She knows Attract, much to the dismay of Ash, who tried to catch her with most of his team being male. She was defeated by Mamepato due to both of them having the same gender and Ash successfully captured her.
Snivy, the Grass Snake Pokémon. It appears in the rarest tall grass. When it spins his tail, it can throw a lot of energy!
This concludes the entries from the Best Wishes series.
In the manga
The Unova Starters
In the Pokémon Adventures manga
Snivy is also featured along with the other starter Pokémon in the Pokémon Adventures manga as one of the starters in Professor Araragi's lab. While talking on the phone to Makomo, Tepig spilled some Berry Juice on Snivy, causing it to fight with Tepig. Eventually Oshawott joined in on the commotion until the three starter Pokémon had managed to make a mess of her office, after which Araragi returned them to their Poké Balls, commenting that she was worried that the three might be too much for their future Trainers.
Ken Sugimori has said that Snivy's personality was meant to be similar to that of European (particularly French) royalty, specifically mentioning The Rose of Versailles anime as inspiration. The Rose of Versailles was also the inspiration for two characters of the day in the anime.
Snivy may be based on Oxybelis fulgidus, a slender snake with a pointed head that inhabits Central America and South America. Its color scheme resembles Opheodrys aestivus, the North American grass snake that is likely the namesake of Snivy's species designation. The Pokémon's combination of snake- and lizard-like features is also similar to that of the skink, more specifically the Neoseps. Neoseps heavily resemble snakes but have small, stubby legs. Its head and general body shape, as well as its protrusions on its shoulders, may be based on the birds of paradise flowers or false birds of paradise. Snivy and its evolutionary line may also be based off of the Serpent in the Garden of Eden story from the Old Testament. God had cursed the serpent to crawl on its belly and lose its legs for leading mankind to sin. Snivy's hidden ability also suggests this.
Snivy could possibly be a combination of snake, snide, sly and ivy. It may also come from snark, a snide remark, or snicker, a sly or snide laugh. Also, it may come from envy, one of the seven deadly sins, possibly as a reference towards its possible origin. Tsutarja is possibly derived from ツタ tsuta, Japanese ivy, and 蛇 ja, snake.
In other languages
French: Vipélierre - Derived from vipère (viper) and lierre (ivy).
German: Serpifeu - Derived from serpent and efeu (ivy).