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.
Step 2: Draw the underside of the snake’s head.
Step 3: Now you can draw the top of the head.
Step 4: Draw the start of the snake’s body.
Step 5: Sketch the other side of the snake body.
Step 6: Draw the rest of the body, to the tail.
Step 7: Add some more body detail lines to give the snake dimension.
Step 8: Draw in the eye and pit near the “nose”.
Step 9: Draw in the final body details, this can be spots, stripes, or just random patches.
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.
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.