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Didn't he use a snake skin, for his, umm... you know... better drink my own...???
He swallowed the snake to swallow the spider. He swallowed the spider to swallow the fly... I wonder what he'll swallow next?
Context. Every language has this kind of ambiguities, just in different places. Even the fact that English uses he or it doesn't give you much information. You still don't know which he or it. And if you would say "he" to the lion eating a serpent it wouldn't be a big loss.
He and it are both "il" in french, so to say "he likes apples" it would be "il aime des pommes" but "it likes apples" would be the same, it's confusing, i know :P
It could be both, depending on the context, I think. For example when it was about another animal eating the snake, the English would use 'it', but the French would still use 'il', or 'elle' if it is a female animal.