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So you’ve decided on getting a snake as a pet. A lot of people would call your choice unconventional. However, more and more individuals are considering these animals to be their household companions. And you know what? An unorthodox choice of pet calls for creative snake names.
If you haven’t quite found the perfect name yet, we’ve come up with a list of 75 suggestions for you.
A popular trend for pet names is to use a pun. Khal Doggo, Arf Vader, and Voldetort are a few examples. Even singer Katy Perry named her cat Kitty Purry.
Wordplay can make your snake memorable. With these choices, you’re sure to leave a positive impression and elicit a smile on people’s faces.
1. William Snakespeare
Inspired by the famous writer, William Snakespeare is sure to catch the attention of fans of the playwright.
2. Severus Snake
An excellent choice for Potterheads, the name “Severus Snake” is an ode to the grim potions master.
3. Monty Python
We bet you’ve already seen this suggestion coming. Monty Python was a comedy group from Britain. They’re famous for their show, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, which featured sketches that are the epitome of British humor. They later moved onto films, which were equally as successful as their TV series.
Lovers of fairy tales and TV show Once Upon a Time will remember Rumpelstiltskin. The character’s name works perfectly as a pun for your pet’s name.
5. Hissy Elliot
“Throw It Back” and let Missy Elliot inspire you to name your new slithery pet.
6. Lemony Snaket
Thankfully, you won’t need to suffer through A Series of Unfortunate Events to find perfect snake names for your companion.
7. Rocky Bal-boa
If you own a boa, naming them after one of the most well-known fictional boxers would be a funny idea.
8. Sir Francis Snake
History buffs would appreciate the pun on Sir Francis Drake, English explorer during the Elizabethan era. Many find him to be Queen Elizabeth’s “favorite pirate” just like how this can be one of your favorite snake names.
9. Dick Van Strike
The younger audience would recognize Dick Van Dyke as Mary Poppin’s best friend and one-man-band. The award-winning actor first gained widespread attention on television through The Dick Van Dyke Show with Mary Tyler Moore.
The multi-talented actor/writer/dancer/ singer/comedian is thus a good inspiration for you to name your pet.
10. Lucille Ball
While we’re on the topic of famous actors, add “Lucille Ball” to your list of potential snake names? The idea would be especially fitting for those who own ball pythons.
We’re not exactly sure if this counts as a pun. However, naming your carpet python “Magic” after the animated textile in Aladdin is a fun choice.
12. Genghis Corn (corn snake)
One of the most influential icons and leaders of all time was Genghis Khan, founding the vast Mongol Empire. The first Great Khan can be your source of inspiration for your pet snake’s name.
13. Kernel Sanders
Though it may not seem like a pun at first, you can name your snake after KFC’s Colonel Sanders. Change up the spelling to “kernel,” and you have yourself a snake name for corn snakes.
14. Hisstopher Robin
If you love snakes but have a soft spot for cartoon bears, name your pet after a Winnie the Pooh character. Hisstopher Robin can be the perfect companion to keep you company.
15. Hiss Hemsworth
Speaking of icons named “Chris,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe has thrown Chris Hemsworth into the public’s attention. Hiss Hemsworth could be just as famous. It also gives you the excuse of letting your little snake wear a cape for Halloween.
16. Barack Cobrama
Whichever political party you support, you can’t deny that “Barack Cobrama” is a funny pun. Show off your love (or hatred) for the president by naming your pet snake after him.
17. Mike Python
The second boxer to make this list, this non-fictional choice also makes for a good pun. You can add this to your list of potential snake names!
Inspired By Scientific Names
If creative is what you want, you can scour through scientific nomenclature for snake names.
This snake name is based on the genus Vipera
How about Carina? This one is based on the Echis carinatus (Saw-scaled viper)
This name, on the other hand, is based on the Bitis gabonica (Gaboon viper).
Add this epic name, based on the Montivipera xanthina (Near-east viper), to your list of potential snake names.
This name is based on the genus Charina (rosy boas) can be a perfect fit for your own rosy boa!
This name is inspired by the genus Casarea.
Meanwhile, this one is inspired by the genus Myron.
We listed two names with Python earlier, so how about Regius? This name is based on the Python regius (ball python).
This name is based on the genus Nerodia. They are commonly called water snakes.
Last but not the least of scientific name-inspired snake names is Hannah. This is based on the Ophiophagus hannah or the king cobra.
Adapted From Popular Culture
It’s common for pet owners to name their animal companions after known figures of the same species. And in popular culture, there’s no lack of famous snakes. There are several well-known serpent characters in literature, TV shows, and film. Here are some other snake names from which to choose.
28. Nagini (Harry Potter)
Here’s another idea for snake owners who are also Potterheads! Nagini was Voldemort’s faithful companion. Of course, since the second Fantastic Beasts film, we now know much more about her rich backstory.
29. Asmodeus Poisonteeth (Redwall)
Asmodeus comes from the book and TV series Redwall. He was the secondary antagonist whose mission was to guard over Martin the Warrior’s stolen sword.
30. Kaa (The Jungle Book)
Disney changed the role of Kaa in the film; it is significantly different from the book. In the novel by Rudyard Kipling, Kaa served as a mentor and close friend of Mowgli. In the animated film, he’s almost the exact opposite, acting as a predator trying to eat the young boy.
Regardless of whether he’s a friend or foe, Kaa remains to be one of the most commonly used snake names.
31. Crawly/Crowley (Good Omens)
Formerly an angel, Crowley is a demon in Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens. He joins forces with the angel Aziraphale to stop the apocalypse from taking place. In the book, he is also the same snake that successfully tempts Adam and Eve. David Tennant portrays him in Amazon’s TV adaptation.
32. Rattlesnake Jake (Rango)
While this name best works for an actual rattlesnake, many still include it in their list of snake names. Rattlesnake Jake was the antagonist from the animated film Rango.
33. Karai (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
Karai is a character from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who often had close ties with supervillain Shredder. In many adaptations, she is either Shredder’s adoptive or biological daughter. Later in the canon story, she falls into mutagen, turning into a mutant snake.
34. Sir Hiss (Robin Hood)
In Disney’s version of Robin Hood, Sir Hiss is Prince John’s snake advisor. He uses his power of hypnosis to get rid of King Richard, allowing him to rule alongside Prince John.
35. Master Viper (Kung Fu Panda)
Part of the Furious Five, Master Viper was born without venomous fangs. Contrary to snake stereotypes, she is the “mother hen,” being the most compassionate, charming, and the sweetest of the group.
36. Mara (Doctor Who)
Fans of the original run of Doctor Who will remember Mara, a giant snake from Manussa. The name thus makes it onto the list of snake names for those fond of popular culture.
37. Salazar (Harry Potter)
In the Harry Potter universe, Salazar Slytherin was one of the four founders of Hogwarts. He could talk to snakes as well as control a basilisk.
38. Nessie (Loch Ness Creature)
With origins in Scottish folklore, Nessie is the endearing name that people call the “Loch Ness Monster.” The creature is a type of sea-serpent, although there are various interpretations of its appearance.
39. Venom (Marvel)
Although not technically associated with snakes, Venom can be one of the snake names you consider. The Marvel character has a strong personality, perfect for your slithery friend.
40. Jafar (Aladdin)
Another reference to the movie Aladdin, Jafar is the Sultan’s advisor. During the climax of the film, Jafar turns into a snake, before later wishing to become a genie.
41. Ekans and Arbok (Pokemon)
In the Pokemon franchise, Ekans and Arbok are Poison-type Pokemon that look like snakes. If you haven’t noticed yet, their names are “snake” and “cobra” spelled backward.
42. Sammy the Snake (Sesame Street)
Another one of the more child-friendly snake names on the list, Sammy the Snake is a character from Sesame Street. While originally yellow, he now often appears with green and purple stripes.
43. Grima (Lord of the Rings)
In Lord of the Rings, Grima Wormtongue is an advisor to King Theoden and a spy of Saruman. Because of his cunning ways, Gandalf often called him a “snake.”
44. Oberyn (Game of Thrones)
Oberyn is a fan favorite in both the novels and TV series. He was a skilled warrior whose favorite weapon of choice was poison. For this reason, people knew him as “The Red Viper.”
Additionally, he sired several daughters, whom Westeros called the “Sand Snakes.” Aside from Oberyn, your list of snake names can include theirs: Obara, Nymeria, Tyene, Sarella, Elia, Obella, Dorea, and Loreza.
Snake Names From Other Languages
With pet names, The Furry Companion loves to look through other languages. Having a whole other list of vocabulary extends your choices for snake names. It’ll also give you a more exotic vibe, fitting for your new pet.
Solongo means rainbow, and its origin is Mongolian. The name can be suitable for iridescent babies like a rainbow boa.
This word is Irish gaelic for snake.
Just like Naithair, Nyoka is the Swahili word for snake.
This name, on the other hand, is the Italian word for scales.
Guja is a Croatian word that means viper.
Vibora also means viper, but its origin is Spanish.
Glisser, on the other hand, is a French word that means slither.
Sonya also takes origin from Swahili. It means to hiss, and it’s a perfect name for your slithering friend!
Snake Names From Mythology and The Bible
If pop culture isn’t your style, another trend is to name pets after figures in mythology. Likewise, the Bible can give you a couple more ideas for snake names.
53. Naga (Hinduism)
In Hindu culture, naga are semi-divine beings who were half-human, half-cobra. A nagi or nagini is a female naga, giving inspiration for the name “Nagini” in Harry Potter.
54. Shesha (Hinduism)
Similarly, Shesha is the King of all nagas in Hinduism. He is also one of creation’s primal beings.
55. Nuwa (Chinese mythology)
In Ancient Chinese myths, Nuwa is a woman-headed snake. She was responsible for making the first humans out of clay.
56. Leviathan (Hebrew Bible)
In the Hebrew Bible, Leviathan was a sea monster. Artists often portray Leviathan as a serpent-like sea creature. While not a favored figure in the Bible, you can’t deny that “Levi” is one of the cuter snake names.
57. Ophion (Greek mythology)
Before Cronus and Rhea, Ophion and Eurynome ruled over the world. In the myth, Ophion incubated the egg from where the world came.
58. Medusa (Greek mythology)
Although many see her as evil, reading the original mythos shows that Medusa was indeed a victim. In the story, she was once a beautiful maiden. After Poseidon assaults her in Athena’s temple, the goddess curses her to become a gorgon. Surely, knowing her backstory can convince you to include her in your list of snake names.
59. Nirah (Sumerian tradition)
Nirah is a messenger of the god Istaran. He would sometimes appear as a snake, which is his symbol.
60. Eopsin/Eobshim (Korean mythology)
In Asian mythology, snakes are typically given high regard. They are associated with the characteristics of wisdom and intelligence. In Korea, Eobshim is the goddess of storage and wealth.
61. Coatlicue (Aztec)
Snakes are a known symbol in Aztec folklore. Coatlicue is a goddess who bore the moon, stars, as well as the god of sun and war.
62. Bakunawa (Philippine mythology)
In Philippine mythology, Bakunawa is a serpent-like dragon whose movements caused many astronomical and geological events. People would associate eclipses, wind, rain, and earthquakes to the creature. This name thus sounds like an appropriate snake name for lovers of astronomy.
63. Ungud (Australian Aboriginal mythology)
Ungud was a figure in Australian Aboriginal mythology who had snake features. People often associate the deity with fertility and rainbows.
64. Minerva (Roman mythology)
The Roman equivalent of Athena is Minerva, the goddess of wisdom. Although her symbol is typically an owl, the snake also serves as her figure in some depictions.
65. Asclepius (Greek mythology)
The son of Apollo, Asclepius, is the god of medicine. He owned a rod which had a snake wrapped around it, a symbol you often see in the field of medicine. Additionally, people often mistakenly use the staff of Hermes in place of this one.
Other Snake Names
Aside from the snake names we’ve listed above, here are a couple more suggestions you can consider.
Because of its shape and appearance, Noodle is a popular choice when it comes to snake names. A variation of this is “Danger Noodle,” which the Internet likes to use to refer to this animal.
A variant of the previous name, “Spaghetti” is another cute name you can give to your new companion. You can also consider other pasta dishes for snake names.
There’s a quality of novelty in naming your snake after a more orthodox pet choice. Nobody would expect “kitty” to be a scaly, smiley snake.
69. Cinnamon Bun
Another name suggestion is “Cinnamon Bun.” The inspiration comes from how a snake looks when coiled up. It also fits snakes that are especially sweet and cuddly.
Irony also makes for proper pet names. While we know that there’s no such thing as fuzzy snakes, it’s a cute name to give them. Additionally, Fluffy was also the name of the world’s longest zoo snake who passed away in 2010.
Continuing with the trend of irony, Tiny would be a funny name for a giant snake. Imagine telling your friend that you want to introduce them to Tiny and you bring out a boa constrictor.
Pet owners sometimes base the name of their pets off of their movement. Slinky thus sounds like one of the appropriate snake names you can choose.
When people think of cuddling with their pets, a snake isn’t usually what they have in mind. Well, more reason for you to name your snake “Cuddles,” then.
Writers often portray snakes as the enemy in stories, including fairy tales. You can turn this thinking around by naming your pet “Charming.” It sounds fitting for your scaly prince.
75. Strawberry Milksnake
Also technically a pun, Strawberry Milksnake is a perfect name for a sweet and endearing slithering friend. Because the wordplay is at the end, you can opt for variations such as Vanilla, Chocolate, and so on.
What Makes a Good Name?
When it comes to snake names, it’s the same as how it is for other pets. What makes them unique is the love and care you give to your pet. No matter what you choose to name them, we at The Furry Companion believe that it’s a great name as long as it brings you joy.
Believing the Ancient Egyptians were right, Agatha plays human to a loving but feisty tortie. Outside of HR work, she enjoys dancing, taking photos, binging on Netflix, and chasing after stray cats.