Snivy (the Grass Snake Pokémon) is an exceptionally rare Grass-type Pokémon found among grasslands and forests within the Unova region. Smug and confident in appearance, Snivy are interesting creatures that effectively combine traits from two different forms of life in order to make themselves a threat on the battlefield. They might technically be among the weakest of known Grass-type starter Pokémon, but these critters can certainly make things difficult for opponents with their powerful Leaf Tornado attack!
Much like Leafeon, the members of the Snivy family contain both plant and animal cells within their bodies, making proper classification somewhat difficult. While they are technically reptilian and are closely related to snakes, these creatures obtain most of their nutrition through photosynthesis; however, they are still known to hunt for small prey at night when they need extra energy. Much like snakes, the members of the Snivy family spend the majority of their time basking in the warmth of the sun; this is not only because they are cold-blooded and need the warmth to survive, but also because they can internally boost any solar energy taken in and use it to power up their attacks and accelerate their movement. At full strength, the members of this family can move unbelievably fast, making it hard for opponents to keep up with them. It should be noted, however, that this is their only way of dealing with particularly troublesome foes; aside from a few exceptions, the members of the Snivy family can only learn Normal and Grass-type offensive moves and are thus highly limited in their combat roles without the use of TMs.
Snivy, like their evolved forms, are quite calm and intelligent, specializing in using sneaky tactics and unorthodox strategies to win most of their battles; the fact that they do so while exhibiting a distinct air of smugness can make them difficult to battle against and equally difficult for trainers to control. Most of their photosynthesizing cells are located within their tails, while the rest of their bodies are much more like traditional reptiles; perhaps not surprisingly, the presence of a drooping tail usually means that a Snivy is not feeling well. Snivy also possess small arms and legs that serve as nothing more than vestigial objects; though they can use their limbs as well as any normal quadruped, they gradually lose them as they grow and develop and instead replace them with much stronger muscles within their main torso in addition to vines, which they learn to use adeptly than their hands within a few days after being born. Snivy rarely ever lose their cool in battle and possess a certain air of confidence that serves to infuriate opponents, granting them a slight tactical advantage in nearly every battle; otherwise, however, they are fairly limited in their combat tactics and are unable to do much of anything against many types of opponents without a little help from allies, making them a poor choice for trainers not willing to take a few risks early-on in their training.
Though they might not be the strongest fighters out there, Snivy are fun Pokémon that can give young trainers a taste of the benefits planned tactics can bring in battle. They might not have the power needed to defeat many creatures through brute strength alone, but they can definitely make their opponent think twice about underestimating them. At the very least, enjoy these critters while they are young; once they start evolving, what little cute demeanor is in them will vanish faster than they can move!