how to draw a snake

In this drawing lesson we’ll show you how to draw a Snake in 9 easy steps. This step by step lesson progressively builds upon each previous step until you get to the final rendering of a snake. Simply follow along with each step, drawing the portion shown in red for each step. Then, in just a few minutes you’ll have a final and easy snake drawing!

Before we begin the How To Draw a Snake drawing lesson, here are some fun facts about snakes you might find interesting, especially for kids.

  • Snakes have scales covering their body instead of fur or feathers. Scales help snakes shed their skin as they grow.
  • There are over 3,000 different species of snakes in the world. Snakes live on every continent except Antarctica.
  • Snakes have forked tongues that they flick in and out to taste and smell chemicals in the air. This helps snakes find food and mates.
  • Snakes swallow their food whole without chewing. Their jaws can stretch very wide to allow large prey items to pass through.
  • Baby snakes are called hatchlings. Hatchlings look similar to adult snakes but are smaller.
  • Snakes use their eyesight to hunt but rely more on senses like smell and heat detection through special pits on their face.
  • Snakes shed their skin as they grow, leaving their old skin behind as they emerge larger after shedding.
  • Non-venomous snakes constrict their prey, squeezing tightly until the prey can no longer breathe.
  • Venomous snakes deliver venom through fangs to immobilize prey. Different snakes have different types of venom.
  • Snakes are important predators in many ecosystems and help control populations of rodents and other small animals.

How To Draw a Snake – Easy Step-by-Step Drawing Guide

Step 1: Begin by drawing the snake’s nose.

how to draw a snake

Step 2: Draw the underside of the snake’s head.

how to draw a snake

Step 3: Now you can draw the top of the head.

how to draw a snake

Step 4: Draw the start of the snake’s body.

how to draw a snake

Step 5: Sketch the other side of the snake body.

how to draw a snake

Step 6: Draw the rest of the body, to the tail.

how to draw a snake

Step 7: Add some more body detail lines to give the snake dimension.

how to draw a snake

Step 8: Draw in the eye and pit near the “nose”.

how to draw a snake

Step 9: Draw in the final body details, this can be spots, stripes, or just random patches.

how to draw a snake

Well Done! Now that you’ve completed How To Draw a Snake, consider adding some shading or coloring to make your slithery friend look realistic! Use the picture below as a guide to shade or color your snake drawing.

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Congratulations!

You did it! Congratulations on drawing a Snake! Your first try may not have gone as smoothly as you had hoped, but I know after another attempt you will see a big improvement. The best way to learn how to draw a snake is with practice…practice…practice!

Are you looking for another type of snake to draw? How about learning how to quickly and easily draw a COBRA?! Take a look here for another quick and easy drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Cobra.

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