How to Draw an Egyptian Cobra

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw an Egyptian Cobra 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 Egyptian Cobra.

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How to Draw an Egyptian Cobra - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: First, draw the Egyptian Cobra's small, egg-shaped head.

Step 2: Next, draw a small oval for the eye of your cobra.

Step 3: Then, draw the body using two curving lines that mirror each other. The most important part of drawing the body is to have your lines curve outward below its head for the famous hood of the cobra.

Step 4: Now draw the tail by bringing the two lines together into a sharp point.

Step 5: The last step is to add the patterns of the snake. On the hood, make lines that crisscross one another. For the rest of the body, make simple lines like the ones you see in the picture. With that, your Egyptian Cobra is complete!

Interesting Facts about the Egyptian Cobra

Egyptian cobras (Naja haje) are one of the largest cobras found in Africa. They are venomous snakes, and kill their prey by injecting them with a poison that attacks their nervous system. Unlike some cobras, however, they do not spit poison.

Did you know?

  • Due to the importance of Egyptian cobras in some societies and folklore, a lot of fascination surrounds these animals and they are sometimes kept as pets by snake lovers.
  • Like all cobras, the Egyptian cobra has a large head that is distinct from its neck. It has two round bones in its neck that expand out to create a hood-like skin.
  • Most Egyptian cobras are the same color, usually brown, though some are copper and grey in color.
  • They are mostly found in deserts and savannahs with some water and vegetation.
  • Egyptian cobras can grow up to about 8 feet long.
  • Although poisonous, Egyptian cobras are popular among snake charmers in Africa and the Middle East, who often charm snakes for tourist entertainment.

Lesson plan note: Although dangerous and not the most loving pet, some people are still fascinated enough with these animals to keep them. Discuss what it is that draws people to be interested in dangerous and often deadly animals.