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Why do people think the serpent in Genesis was 'the devil'?

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In Genesis, the serpent tempts Eve. Nothing in the book suggests that the serpent was 'the devil' in disguise, nor does it imply 'the devil' was controlling the serpent. Further, when it was all over, God punished the serpent and it's offspring to crawl on their bellies and 'eat dust' - which would obviously make no sense if it was really the devil in disguise.

Why then, when the story clearly states it was a serpent, and never makes any mention of Satan or any devil, do so many people equate the serpent with 'the devil'?