How to Draw an Eastern Ribbon Snake

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Eastern Ribbon Snake in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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

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How to Draw an Eastern Ribbon Snake - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the Eastern Ribbon's egg-shaped head.

Step 2: Next, draw the face of your snake by making a small circle on the left side of its head. To separate the face from the rest of the body, draw an imperfect line from the tip of the head, below the eye and around to the right side of its head.

Step 3: Then, draw the body by making one line from each side of the snake's head. Have each line mirror the other. Wrap the body of your snake around itself several times.

Step 4: Now, draw the tail by making your lines narrow and come together for the rounded tip of your snake's tail.

Step 5: The final step for drawing the Eastern Ribbon Snake is to draw thick lines down its entire body. These lines are what give the the ribbon snake its name.

Interesting Facts about the Eastern Ribbon Snake

Eastern ribbon snakes are found throughout the eastern United States. They are semi-aquatic and are frequently found at the edges of water. These are slender snakes that range from 16 to 28 inches long. They have three light yellow stripes along their brown bodies, and their belly is plain yellow. Eastern ribbon snakes eat fish and amphibians. They shelter in thick vegetation or in burrows. This snake hibernates underground during the winter.

Did you know?

  • Females give birth to between 3 to 26 live young.
  • The Eastern ribbon snake is shy and non-venomous.
  • Predators of the Eastern ribbon snake include: otters, raccoons, minks, herons, snapping turtles, large fish, and other snakes.
  • Habitat loss is a threat to the Eastern ribbon snake.
  • Their tail makes up one-third of their total body length.
  • There are four subspecies of the Eastern ribbon snake.
  • The Eastern ribbon snake is also known as a Northern ribbon snake or a Peninsula ribbon snake.

Lesson plan note: Make a spinning snake: Cut a spiral into a white paper plate, leaving the middle a little thicker to represent a snake’s head. Give each child their own paper plate snake and have them color them from head to tail. Attach a string to each snake’s head. Hang each child’s snake on the ceiling for all the children to see.