Are you looking for the perfect name for your new slithery friend?
Naming your snake is fun and exciting, but coming up with the perfect name can feel overwhelming. With so many options, you can get lost in a sea of uninspired ideas.
We’re here to help with our list of 280+ best snake names! Explore name ideas from classic choices like Slytherin and Nagini to unique options such as Ziggy Stardust and Serpentina.
How to choose a name for a pet snake
Here are some tips for choosing the perfect name for your pet snake:
Consider the snake’s appearance: Their color, pattern, size, and shape are great inspirations for a name. For example, Sunny is a good name for a yellow or orange-hued snake, Ziggy for one with a zig-zag pattern, and Boa for a larger species.
Look to pop culture: Whether it’s naming your snake after a favorite character from TV, movies, or literature (such as Voldemort) or after a musician (Jagger), there are plenty of options.
You can also emphasize your pet’s “snakeness” with monikers like Hissy or Noodle.
Popular snake names
These are some popular names that people give their pet snakes:
Female snake names
These girl snake names are inspired by ancient goddesses and more:
|Athena||The goddess of war and wisdom in Greek mythology.|
|Bellatrix||”Female warrior” (Latin)|
|Bona Dea||”Good goddess” (Latin)|
|Chandra||”Goddess of the moon” (Hindi)|
|Cleopatra||The ancient queen of Egypt.|
|Dali||The hunting goddess in Georgian mythology.|
|Echidna||A half-woman, half-snake in Greek myths.|
|Hesper||”Evening star” (Greek)|
|Hydra||”Water serpent” (Greek)|
|Isis||The goddess of magic in Egyptian mythology.|
|Lilith||”Night monster” (Assyrian)|
|Mystique||”Air of mystery” (French)|
|Queen||A fitting name for a majestic snake.|
Male snake names
This list provides cool name ideas for a boy snake:
|Albert||”Bright, noble” (German)|
|Basilio||”Regal” (Spanish and Italian)|
|Caesar||A fitting name for a snake with royal qualities.|
|Cobra||”Hooded snake” (Hindi)|
|Hades||The god of the underworld in Greek myths.|
|Herbert||”Bright army” (German)|
|Magnum||”Big, great” (Latin)|
|Morpheus||”God of dreams” (Greek)|
|Norbert||”Northern brightness” (German)|
|Odin||”God of frenzy” (Norse)|
|Osiris||The god of the afterlife in Egyptian myths.|
|Paladin||”Of the palace” (French)|
|Zack||”The Lord has remembered” (Hebrew)|
Unisex snake names
These gender-neutral names work for any pet snake regardless of their species or gender:
|Artemis||”Butcher” (Greek). The goddess of hunting and wild animals in Greek mythology.|
|Basil||A Greek unisex name that means ”regal”.|
|Calypso||”She who hides” (Greek)|
|Cleo||”Glory” (Greek origin)|
|Copper||A reddish-brown mineral. This name is perfect for a copper-colored snake.|
|Hisser||This playful moniker works for any snake regardless of their gender.|
|Jade||A gender-neutral name meaning ”precious stone”.|
|Kali||”The black one” (Sanskrit). The Hindu goddess of destruction.|
|Onyx||This gender-neutral name refers to the black gemstone. Onyx makes a beautiful name for a black snake!|
|Phoenix||The mythical bird that is reborn from its ashes.|
|Viper||”Snake” (French origin)|
Cool pet snake names
Snakes are cool, and they know that! Emphasize your pet’s badass qualities with these cool monikers:
Badass pet snake names
Is your pet snake so cool that even the coolest names don’t do them justice?
Try these badass snake names for your insanely cool serpent!
- Black Mamba
- King Cobra
Cute snake names
Snakes have their cute side, and these names reflect that:
Funny snake names
If you’re looking for a hilariously funny name for your pet snake, you’re in luck! Here are some of the wittiest names that will make you laugh.
First up is Sir Hiss-a-lot, a perfect name for a majestic snake with an attitude.
How about Slitherin’ Slytherin? This would fit any Harry Potter fan who wants to pay homage to the Hogwarts house of snakes.
If puns are more your thing, consider naming your serpent after a famous comedian like Bo Burnham (Boa Burnham). Other great options include Monty Python (after the legendary comedy troupe) and Snake Plissken (a nod to Kurt Russell’s character in Escape from New York).
- Ana the Anaconda
- Boa Burnham
- Monty Python
- Sir Hiss-a-lot
- Slitherin’ Slytherin
- Snake Plissken
Unique snake names
Want a unique name for your pet snake?
Here’s a collection of monikers that are on the unusual side. For example, astronomy is a good source of inspiration for finding unique pet names.
- Ziggy Stardust
Famous snake names
These snakes are famous for appearing in books, movies, and television series:
|Mara||An evil snake monster in Doctor Who.|
|Master Viper||A kung fu master in Kung Fu Panda.|
|Mrs. Plithiver||A nest-maid snake in Kathryn Lasky’s Guardians of Ga’Hoole fantasy book series. In the series, blind nest-maid snakes take care of owlets and housekeep their nests.|
|Nagini||Voldemort’s pet snake in Harry Potter.|
|Rattlesnake Jake||An antagonist in the 2011 animated film Rango.|
Disney snake names
|Juju||Mama Odie’s pet snake in The Princess and the Frog.|
|Kaa||An antagonist Indian rock python in the 1967 animated Disney film The Jungle Book. He wasn’t a villain in Kipling’s book.|
|Larry||An anaconda in the 2006 animated Disney film The Wild.|
|Sir Hiss||Prince John’s snake advisor in the 1973 animated film Robin Hood.|
Mythological snake names
Snakes often appear in myths and folklore around the world. Their popularity in legends reflects how these reptiles both fascinate and scare us.
|Basilisk||A serpent king in European legends. Looking into a basilisk’s eyes was said to cause death. A basilisk appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.|
|Chimera||A mythical hybrid creature with a snake as a tail.|
|Echidna||A half-woman and half-snake monster in Greek mythology.|
|Hydra||A snake-like water monster in Greek mythology. Hydra had multiple heads.|
|Naga||Divine half-human, half-cobra creatures in Hinduism and Buddhism.|
|Ouroboros||An ancient Greek and Egyptian symbol of a snake eating its own tail.|
|Rainbow Serpent||A creator deity in Australian Aboriginal mythology.|
|Typhon||A monstrous hundred-headed, snake-legged giant in Greek myths.|
Snake names by color
Snakes come in a variety of colors and patterns. That’s one of the many aspects that makes these reptiles so fascinating.
We’ve collected fitting name ideas for snakes by color:
Black snake names
- Black Adder
- Black Mamba
Brown snake names
Red snake names
- Bloody Mary
White snake names
Yellow snake names
Green snake names
Names based on green gemstones and other green things are perfect for green snakes.
Blue snake names
|Aoki||”Blue tree” (Japanese)|
|Blue||A bit obvious, but this name certainly fits a blue snake!|
|Indigo||A blue-purple shade.|
|Lapis||After the blue Lapis Lazuli gemstone.|
|Sapphire||A blue gemstone.|
|Sini||A Finnish girl’s name that means ”blue”.|
Good snake names
This list includes randomly selected, overall good snake names:
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