How to Draw a Snake in 6 Simple Steps (for Kids)

Perhaps you saw a snake while visiting the countryside or on a visit to the zoo. Seeing this nifty reptile up close in person may have sparked an interest in the subject. Perhaps you read some books or watched some movies about snakes and now want to learn to draw them. Perhaps you spent some time coloring snakes and feel ready to move on to creating original artwork.

The valiant snake proves one of the easiest animals to draw since it only requires the curved line and the basic shapes. You can easily draw a snake by following the instructions in this drawing lesson. You need a pencil and paper

Step 1: Draw A small Circle

Turn your paper so the wide side faces up, called landscape orientation. It should appear wider than longer. Close to the top of the page, about two inches of the way down the sheet, draw a small circle for your snake’s eye. You’re drawing him in profile, so only one will show.

Step 2: Start Drawing The Bottom of The Mouth

Beneath the circle, draw an s-shaped line on its side. The left side of the S should appear shorter than the right side. This forms part of the snake’s mouth.

Step 3: Draw the Tongue

At the bottom tip of that line, draw a v with the point touching the end of the straight line and the two points of the V sticking out. Draw an oval that points slightly upward around the top edge of the tongue. This gives your snake its head. Draw a triangle with all sides the same size beneath the bottom of the oval, letting the edge of the triangle start just inside the oval. Make this line very light since you will erase it later. Draw a squiggly, S-shaped line from the top of the oval to nearly the bottom of the page. Your S should start on the outermost line shape of your oval.

Step 4: Draw The Outer Layer Of It’s Body

At the bottom tip of that line, draw a v with the point touching the end of the straight line and the two points of the V sticking out. Draw an oval that points slightly upward around the top edge of the tongue. This gives your snake its head. Draw a squiggly, S-shaped line from the top of the oval to nearly the bottom of the page. Your S should start on the outermost line shape of your oval. At the bottom of your squiggly S shape, draw another oval. The bottom of the S line should be the bottom of the oval. This completes the inside lines of your snake.

Step 5: Draw The Inner Layer Of It’s Body

Starting under the snake’s mouth line, draw a line with a very slight curve that faces out. From the bottom of the curved line, draw a long line that follows the inside line. Follow the curve of the other line, matching it all the way around. Inside your nearly completed snake drawing draw a curved line of about three inches in length. This adds depth to its body.

Step 6: Finish the Tail

At the bottom of your snake, you will draw two C-shaped lines. From the inside line of your snake, start drawing a C. Your inside line is the one you drew an oval onto to create a curve. You draw a second C-shaped line from the outside line of your snake. Angle the bottom tips of your C shapes to form a tip and close them. Now, you have a coiled, ready-to-strike snake.

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