Another debated part of the snake-in-the-garden account is the curse issued onto the snake. You see, the snake was being inhabited by Satan. We know this because all creatures at Creation were “very good”. Afterward Satan rebelled and indwelled in the snake long enough to deceive Eve.
But, if the snake was just a puppet why was it cursed? For letting Satan indwell in itself it was allowing Satan to deceive Eve. The same thing will happen with the Antichrist. He will be indwelled by Satan and will later be thrown (the Antichrist first, Satan later) into the lake of fire. The snake was cursed because it allowed Satan to indwell him.
As far as the curse itself goes the commonly accepted view is that the snake had legs before the curse and then he was cursed and God took away his legs. However, this isn’t the only answer.
Naturally, the removal of legs from a whole species of animals would probably leave some kind of “mark” behind that it once existed there. We have legless lizards and lizards with legs but no snakes that have legs or any remnants of legs.
Some would think this isn’t a problem for Creationists because God could have easily erased all memory of the legs and He probably would have but the whole traditional theory doesn’t add up.
The curse God issued on the snake actually states the following:
Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.
The phrases “thy belly” and “and dust shalt thou eat” are the most important part of this curse.
The first phrase could easily be used to support the leg-be-gone theory but it could have a different meaning. The reference to the belly could support the idea that snakes, before the curse, could and would glide in the air. Most likely in more of a flying matter than the few snakes that glide today.
If this is the case then the statement that “dust shalt thou eat” makes even more sense. Since God “cast” snakes out of the trees (for the flying matter at least) they would now find themselves eating of the ground and dust that would have been avoided when in the trees.
This theory can also be reinforced with the fact that the snake was probably in the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil when he tempted Eve. We can’t know for sure but it would make a convincing little bite for Eve (Eve said God said they couldn’t even touch the tree or they would die,God did not say this but Eve obviously believed He had. If Eve saw the snake in the tree she would have been impressed and it would have thrown another shadow on God’s truth).
Where are the leftovers from the curse?
We still see some snakes gliding today. But, if all snakes really could glide from tree-to-tree and they actually lived their whole lives in trees than this would be perfectly acceptable according to the Bible.