فَأَلْقَىٰ عَصَاهُ فَإِذَا هِىَ ثُعْبَانٌ مُّبِينٌ
Asad Quran Translation
Thereupon [Moses] threw down his staff, and lo! it was a serpent, plainly visible;
Malik Quran Translation
So Musa threw down his staff and all of a sudden it became a real serpent.
Yusuf Ali Quran Translation
Then (Moses) threw his rod and behold! it was a serpent plain (for all to see)! 1075
The serpent played a large part in Egyptian mythology. The great sun-god Ra won a great victory over the serpent Apophis, typifying the victory of light over darkness. Many of their gods and goddesses took the forms of snakes to impress their foes with terror. Moses's rod as a type of a serpent at once appealed to the Egyptian mentality. The contempt which the Egyptians had entertained in their minds before was converted into terror. Here was some one who could control the reptile which their great god Ra himself had such difficulty in overcoming!
Mustafa Khattab Quran Translation
So Moses threw down his staff and—behold!—it became a real snake.
Piktal Quran Translation
Then he flung down his staff and lo! it was a serpent manifest;
Faalqa AAasahu faitha hiya thuAAbanun mubeenun