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Curtail me thrice, I am a youth;
Behead me once, a snake;
Complete, I'm often used, in truth.
When certain steps you'd take.

Who or what am I?


Source: Gurgaon Times

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Answer is

ladder

"Curtail me thrice, I am a youth;"

lad

"behead me once, a snake;"

adder

"complete, I’m often used, in truth, when certain steps you’d take."

ladder

Source: Google

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