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Did you know? There are over 3,000 different kinds of snakes in the world. They range in size from less than 4 inches (10 centimeters) to more than 30 feet (9 meters). There is even an ancient, fossilized snake that would have been 50 feet (15 meters) long. Snakes live on every continent in the world, except for snowy Antarctica.
Snakes often get a bad rap, due in part to the venomous bite of some, or due to the fact that as reptiles, they are naturally cold blooded. Some people avoid snakes because they have been used as a symbol of evil since ancient times. Don’t worry, though – if you’d like to draw your own snake, the cute cartoon serpent in this drawing tutorial is nothing to be afraid of.
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To draw your snake, you will need a piece of paper and something with which to draw, such as a marker, pen, or pencil. You may also want to have some crayons, markers, or colored pencils handy to color your snake when finished.
Notice that each step in this simple drawing guide is accompanied by easy to follow illustrations. In each picture, new lines added to the drawing are highlighted in blue. Sketch lightly at first, as you will need to erase some of your original lines in order to complete the drawing.
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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Cartoon Snake
Begin by drawing a curved line to form the top of the head.
Beneath the curve, draw a circle.
Beginning on the left side of the circle, draw a curved, wavy line. Allow the line to pass through the circle and connect on the opposite side.
Erase the guide lines from the snout.
Draw a short, curved line at each end of the mouth to indicate a smile. Draw two small ovals in the middle of the face for the nose. Above each oval, draw a short, curved line.
Draw two curved lines at the top of the head.
Erase the guide lines from within the curves.
Begin the body by drawing a long, curved line extending down from the head.
Draw another curved line, parallel to the first.
Continue the lower curve to wrap around and above the upper curve.
Draw another curved line extending above the last. Now, the snake’s body will appear to form an “S” shape.
Draw another curved line extending around and above the former.
Draw a curved line extending from the end of each of the previous two lines. Allow these lines to meet in a point.
To draw the tongue, extend two parallel curved lines down from the mouth. Connect the lines using a short, curved line, forming a slight fork.
Draw another long, curved line extending from the mouth to the midpoint of the body.
Add detail to the belly by drawing ten short, curved lines from the left side of the body to the center line.
Draw two circles above the snout. Above each circle, draw a short, curved line.
Draw a smaller circle within each eye circle. Within each of the small circles, draw a small oval on one side and two curved lines – meeting in a point on each end – on the other side. Shade the small circle, leaving the oval and curve unshaded.
Draw circles and ovals of various sizes down the length of the body. In our illustration, we used 18 such shapes to detail the body.
Color your snake. Remember that snakes come in many colors, from brown and green to red, yellow, and black.
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