Snakes are extraordinary creatures – that’s why they have fascinated us since the beginning of (human) time.
Therefore, it is no wonder that there are many snake-inspired names and many snake characters in mythology and fiction.
If you are a fresh pet snake owner, you have probably wondered:
- What are the best snake names?
- What is the meaning of some strange-sounding snake names?
- How to pick the right name for your pet snake?
This article is here to answer these questions.
If you have been wondering how to find a perfect name for your smooth little beauty – dive into our 113-names-long snake names list!
Good Snake Names
When we say “good snake names,” we mean an appropriate name – that will be in tune with the general look, feel, and character of a snake as an animal.
You’ll agree with me here – naming your snake “flurry” or “fleabag” doesn’t quite do it.
So let’s look at typical, decent, well-fitting snake names, mostly unisex.
- Vanilla (may be given to an albino snake with a white-and-yellow color pattern)
- Jumbo (you can combine these last two to create a bonus funny snake name!)
- Indigo (quite obvious for an Indigo snake, right?)
Female Snake Names
Let’s look at some interesting female snake names.
- Alice (the association with eccentric characters such as Alice Cooper or Alice in Wonderland goes nicely with the snake’s nature)
- Belinda (this name of old Germanic origin actually means “bright serpent”)
- Mrs. Hiss
- Rainbow (consider this name for colorful morphs)
- The Queen (especially appropriate for large boas and pythons)
Male Snake Names
“It’s a boy?” Here are some fine male snake names:
- Dreki (‘Dragon’ in old Norse)
- Kaiser (meaning “King” in german; very appropriate for kingsnakes!)
- Nitor (Latin for brilliance, sheen, luster, elegance)
- Mr. Huggy
- Mr. Sleek
- Steve (in honor of late Steve Irwin, ‘The Croc Hunter’)
- Vasuki (meaning ‘King of serpents’ in Sanscrit)
Funny Snake Names
If you stop fearing them, you will find that snakes are really funny creatures. How come?
Well, mostly because they differ so much from us. Consider this: Snakes have no legs. They have to crawl through their lives. On their bellies. Some species such as the egg-eating snakes can look quite grotesque and ridiculous when feeding. And hognoses – oh my those drama queens!
These traits make pet snakes perfect candidates for funny names.
Perhaps my favorite universal funny snake name would be Snek – according to the snake meme.
Now let’s look at some more specific ones.
Funny Names for Pythons
- Monty the Python
- Mr. Huggies
- Mr. Hiss
- Mr. or Mrs. Squeezy
- Shorty (the longer the snake, the funnier the name)
Funny Names for Hognoses (Mostly Based on Their ‘Play Dead Behavior’)
- Drama Queen
Cool & Badass Snake Names
A large majority of snake species are cool and laid-back creatures that mean no harm. However, that small fraction of dangerous species, plus numerous mythological roles in legends, fairytales, and, famously, religions (forbidden apple, anyone?), give snakes a bad – or badass – reputation.
That is why many villain or otherwise badass names fit perfectly for many pet snakes.
Check out our cool, so-bad-that-it’s-good snake name list.
- Asmodeus (the prince of demons)
- Grurdir (according to the Dragon name generator, this dragon name means ‘The Deathlord’ – quite cool, and terrifying if you are a rodent!)
- Nidhogg (Dragon-Serpent from Norse mythology, especially suitable for tree snakes)
- Snape (a famous and beloved Harry Potter villain, Severus Snape)
- Smeagol (from Lord of The Rings)
Cute Snake Names
Besides the ‘badassness’, we could also focus on the inherent cuteness of snakes. Just imagine a juvenile, curled-up ball python, and you’ll know what I’m talking about!
- Button (especially cute for baby snakes)
Green Snake Names
Green snakes are especially beautiful and charming – and here are some appropriate names to point out how special they are.
- Green Man (a nickname of an infamous killer from the celebrated first season of True Detective. Also, a song by the goth rock band Type O Negative, unrelated to the series).
- Sweet pea
Famous Snake Names
In this part of the list, I’ve included the names of famous snakes from pop culture and celebrities who could be a good inspiration for snake names.
- Black Adder (a human character from a cult British TV series of the same name).
- Bowie (David Bowie had a cold demeanor and presented himself in various colors – which could make ‘Bowie’ a perfect name for a colorful snake such as a Rainbow Boa).
- Iggy (the famous punk-rocker Iggy Pop is known for the snake-like moves on the stage).
- Kaa (the Burmese python from the Jungle Book movie).
- Ju-Ju (the snake that belongs to Mama Odie, a charismatic character from the Disney film The Princess and the Frog).
- Mara (from Dr. Who).
- Racer (according to the Blue Racer from the cartoon series of the same name)
- Ozzy (the famous rocker Ozzy Osborne would probably highly approve snake naming after him).
Unique Snake Names
Unique snake names do not come from pop culture or associations with snake traits, as many people will come across these ideas.
So, how to get a completely unique pet snake name?
One solution may be to look at the dragon names. Snakes and dragons share many similarities. In fact, in many cultures, dragons essentially look like overgrown snakes. That is why it is completely legitimate and cool to emphasize this by picking a dragon name for your snake.
Here are some examples and their meanings:
- Veinoil – Champion Of The Green
- Albym – The Firestarter
- Uvrodon – The Magnificent
- Rindrianth – The Gifted One
- Uvrut – The White
- Porson – The Great
- Nonnilth – The Powerful
- Rumryss – The Warrior
- Hyrainth – Gentle Mind
- Lytaeth – Eternal Fire
- Urgis – The Hungry
Find more awesome dragon name suggestions here!
How to Come Up With a Good Name for Your Pet Snake?
As my colleague Ben suggested in his ball python names article, you have complete freedom to choose the name for your snake – you have no limitation on your choices or imagination.
However, there are a few things I’d like to advise you against.
Do not give your snake an offensive name
Although giving your snake an offensive name can seem like a funny idea to you and your close friends, it will probably not fly well when you have to say it in public – for example, in front of your parents, a teacher, or a teacher at the vets.
Do not give your snake a name that encourages fears and hostile stereotypes about snakes
Since snakes are a cause of fears and phobias in many people and are still persecuted and killed in many parts of the world, each pet snake is sort of a serpent ambassador. That is why I would abstain from giving snakes names that amplify their bad rap. These could include “Killer” or “Abomination.”
Also, although you may find it funny if you have a dark sense of humor, naming your snake according to prey animals (for example, “Mr/Mrs. Mouse”). It may be too morbid for most people.
And lastly, do not give your snek a name according to a real person to point out how vile that person is. It is not fair to the snake to symbolize a personal conflict.
It’s Your Turn!
Has this article inspired you to find that perfect pet snake name? I sure hope it has – and that you loved reading the lists as much as I enjoyed compiling them.
Naming your pet is always a special act of bonding. Take your time to pick the ideal name for your wiggly pet, and you won’t be sorry later. And have fun with it. What could be cuter than watching your pet ‘Shorty’ growing up into a 6 feet long serpent friend for life?
What’s your favorite pet snake name? Would you like to add any? Drop them in the comments – we would appreciate it!