How to Draw an Eel

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Eel in 5 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 Eel.

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How to Draw an Eel - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw an eel! Start with half an oval, tracing it so that it's laying on its side. Add a thin line in the middle for the mouth!

Step 2: Next, draw the body by tracing a long shape that almost looks like a tube. But be careful! Before you get to the end, trace the lines together, so that it's pointy.

Step 3: On the top of the eel's body, add an extra line that goes all the way to end as well. Be sure to not make it too thick! Then at the tip, trace a line that leads to another tube-like shape and you almost have your tail. Here's a tip: make it a little squiggly and it will look like it's really swimming in the water! Be sure to trace an another thin line along the bottom of the eel's body.

Step 4: Then, on the inside of the tail, draw another pointy tube. Now trace a line along the end of the tail and the eels body. This time you can make it a bit thicker than the others.

Step 5: Last, draw a little circle just above the mouth and a small rectangle on the side of its body. There's your eel!

Interesting Facts about Eels

Eels are fish that resemble snakes, although they are not related to snakes. There are more than 400 species of eels. They have pointed heads and smooth, long narrow bodies. Their teeth are sharp.

Did you know?

  • Many people think that electric eels are eels, but they are not really eels at all. They are related to carp and catfish.
  • Eels are usually grey or black. However, eels that live in tropical waters usually have bright colors and patterns.
  • One of the most well-known species is the moray eel, which can be found in tropical waters around the world. Moray eels are poisonous for humans.
  • Some species have small scales on their bodies, like scales. However, the majority of species have smooth bodies.
  • Some species of eel travel up to 4,000 miles to breed. Adults die after breeding.
  • Eels are very flexible. Their spines are made up of more than 100 vertabrae.

Eels are bottom dwellers. This means that they live on the sandy floors of the body of water where they dwell. Some species live in freshwater habitats such as streams and lakes and migrate to saltwater habitats to reproduce. Some species spend their entire lives in saltwater habitats.

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