... the Haselwurm, a white serpent with a golden crown, was believed to live under a very old hazel tree, one that had been invaded by a mistletoe. ... those who find this snake and eat of her flesh will receive wondrous powers. They will have command over the spirits, they will have the ability to become invisible, and they will know all of the hidden healing powers of all herbs. Paracelsus was said to have eaten such a snake, and ¨that is why when he went out into the fields the herbs spoke to him and told him which evils and illnesses they were effective for.¨ (from Müller-Ebeling et al, Witchcraft Medicine, 2003)

Hazelworm (Anguis fragilis), Nationaal Park Zuid-Kennemerland 01-06-2014