How to Draw a Spotted Python

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Spotted Python in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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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 Spotted Python.

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How to Draw a Spotted Python - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: A spotted python's head is shaped like a letter U. This snake has no venom, so it is a popular snake to keep as a pet.

Step 2: Next, add the eye.

Step 3: Draw a wavy line for the body any way you like. These are fairly small snakes, so don't make it too long.

Step 4: Then add the pointy tail.

Step 5: Lastly, draw the spots. The spots near the head and tail are so close together they look like stripes. That it, you're done! If you'd like to color it, it is light brown with dark brown or black splotches.

Interesting Facts about the Spotted Python

The spotted python (Antaresia maculosa) is one of the shortest in the python species and is not poisonous. Originally found in Australia, spotted pythons are commonly kept as pets due to their lack of venom and their gentle nature.

Did you know?

  • The average spotted python grows about 3 feet.
  • Their favorite food are bats, and in the wild spotted pythons like to live near caves where bats are easily accessible. In captivity, spotted pythons will eat mice and other small mammals.
  • Females lay on average ten eggs, and they take about 80 days to hatch. The babies will stay in the nest up to two days before they all leave the nest at the same time.
  • The average lifespan of a spotted python in captivity is 20-30 years.
  • Spotted pythons hunt nocturnally (at night).
  • The “spots” are a mix of dark and light brown splotches on scales, and their pattern sometimes looks like stripes.
  • Spotted pythons are usually very shy, but make friendly pets if treated well.

Lesson plan note: Discuss the differences between the spotted python and more dangerous snakes, and what kind of personality in a snake makes it a good candidate for a pet.