Meet and Make a Snake (Grades K-2)

Take a virtual step into the Utica Zoo to meet a snake. Then, grab some colored construction paper make a snake of your very own!

Meet a Snake

In this video, Kathleen from the Utica Zoo introduces Prism, the zoo’s rainbow boa. What’s special about Prism’s scales? Find out here:

Make a Snake

You’ll have so much fun making — and playing with — these colorful paper snakes.

A purple and orange snake made out of construction paper rests on green grass


What you need

  • Colored Paper
  • Crayons, colored markers or pencils
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • Glue or a glue stick
  • Optional: googly eyes

What to do

  • Cut out all your snake shapes. You will need eight strips of paper (four of each color; for example, four strips of purple paper and four strips of orange paper) for the snake’s body, a head and a tongue.
    • If you would like a longer snake, cut and glue together more strips.
  • Glue the ends of your colored strips together to form an “L” shape.
  • Fold the bottom strip over the top one (keeping the “L” shape) and crease the fold.
  • Take the bottom strip and fold it over the top one.
  • Continue until you run out of strips to fold and add a dash of glue on the last fold. (If you are making a longer snake, add a dab of glue here and there as you go to make it more secure.)
  • Add eyes, nostrils and a tongue to the snake’s head. Glue the head to the end of your snake.