How To Draw A Snake

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Snake in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

The images above represent how your finished drawing is going to look and the steps involved.

Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Snake.

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How to Draw a Snake - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start by drawing the long curvy head. It looks like a very thin "J" shaped hook. At the tip of the head add a tiny eye.

Step 2: Continue drawing both sides of the "J" line back into the curvy body. Make the body the same width as the head.

Step 3: Continue to add another left handed curve to the body. Keep it the same width as the head.

Step 4: Add another curve towards the right to make the end of the body.

Step 5: Keep curving both lines back to the right to start the thin pointy tail.

Step 6: Finish drawing the tail. Bring the two lines together to a sharp point.

Step 7: Finally add the "U" shaped scale patterns all along the body.

Interesting Facts about Snakes

Snakes are leg-less, scaled reptiles, or Squamata, and are believed to be descendants of lizards. The few snake fossils that have been found suggest that snakes existed up to 125 million years ago.

Approximately 3,400 species of snakes live across most continents, except Antarctica.

Did you know?

  • Snakes can be as short as 3.9 inches and as long as 29 feet.
  • Snakes have long point teeth called fangs that sometimes have venom in them.
  • Only a few types of snakes, such as cobras and vipers, use venom to kill prey. Most snakes do not have enough toxic venom to poison humans.
  • The King Cobra is the largest venomous snake, growing as long as 18 ? feet.
  • Non-venomous snakes wrap around or constrict their prey.
  • A snake’s skin is made up of scales, and unlike worms, is smooth and dry, not slimy.
  • All snakes shed their skin, which called molting. Young snakes molt up to four times a year and old snakes shed their skin up to twice a year.
  • Most snakes lay eggs, which hatch into baby snakes, while some snakes keep their eggs inside them.
  • All snakes are meat-eaters and will eat small animals, birds, fish, insects – even other lizards and snakes!

Snakes have been symbolized in mythology, worshiped in some religions, used by snake charmers in side shows and kept as pets.

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