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Snake Spawn Egg

Passive/neutral/hostile (wild)
Passive (tamed)

Attack strength

Easy: 2Poisoned Heart.svg
Normal: 2Poisoned Heart.svg
Hard: 3Poisoned Heart.svgPoisoned Half Heart.svg
Poison for 7 sec (Poisoned Heart.svg × 7.5)


Solid surfaced blocks with a minimum of two block spaces above them and the Wyvern Lair.











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Snakes are tamable mobs found in the Overworld and the Wyvern Lair.

Spawning[edit | edit source]

Natural generation[edit | edit source]

Snakes spawn on opaque blocks at light levels of 9 or more with at least 2 block space above. They often spawn in groups of 4 during world generation, but mostly of the same species; some types of snakes only spawn in certain biomes.

Rattlesnakes and spotted snakes can only be found in deserts; cobras spawn in jungles; green, orange and coral snakes spawn in plains, and dark snakes can spawn almost anywhere.

Wyvern Lair[edit | edit source]

Snakes can spawn anywhere in the Wyvern Lair in light levels of 9 or more.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Snakes come with eight different colors, including green, orange, dark brown (python), dark green, spotted, brownish-green (rattlesnake), red-black stripes (coral) and greenish-red (cobra).

Drops[edit | edit source]

Snakes will drop 0–2 eggs and 1 to 3 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.

Behavior[edit | edit source]

A python attacking the player.

Snakes wander around aimlessly, hissing occasionally. Each type of snake has their own behavior, and some may be harder to find than others.

Unlike other mobs, snakes can't jump. Like scorpions, insects, mice and spiders, snakes can scale up blocks vertically.

If the player holds a mouse or bird near a snake and then drop it, the snake will hunt down and kill the creature.

Snakes can exist either in a passive, neutral, or hostile state, depending on the species. Passive snakes will never attack the player. Passive snakes include dark snakes and spotted snakes.

Hostile snakes are initially neutral, but if a player approaches one, they will lift their head up and begin to hiss at them as a warning. If you move out of its range, the snake will ignore you. However, if you continue to remain in its range, the snake will become aggressive and attack. The snake will still be hostile even if you stay out of its sight. If you approach the hostile snake again, it will attack without provocation. Some aggressive species are capable of inflicting poison.

Venom[edit | edit source]

Some hostile snakes can poison the player when attacking. They're deadly if the player is touched by one, as the poison effect lasts for 7 seconds and lower the player's health to 7Heart.svgHeart.svgHeart.svgHalf Heart.svg hearts in about 10 seconds. The effect makes you very vulnerable to any damage for about 20 to 30 seconds, especially if you haven't killed the snake or if you're not equipped with armor or milk buckets Dirt scorpion armor and golden apples benefit you with Regeneration and Absorption, which can help with the poison.

Taming[edit | edit source]

A snake egg that was placed next to a torch, ready to hatch.

Wild snakes cannot be tamed. Instead, the player has to obtain a snake egg. When a snake egg has been obtained, place the egg in a well lit area. When the egg hatches, the baby snake will become tame and the naming screen will appear. As time passes, the snake will grow larger until it reaches its maximum size. Green snakes, coral snakes and spotted snakes stay small, but pythons and cobras can grow relatively large.

Tamed snakes can be picked up. To pick up a snake, right-click on it and it will go onto your shoulders. To release the snake, press the sneak key. Tamed snakes can be healed with raw rat.

Tamed snakes are passive, and will never attack the player. Tamed snakes that are usually hostile, such as cobras, will still lift their head up when you approach it, but it won't attack you.

Variations[edit | edit source]

Image Name Rarity Behavior
Python Common Hostile
Cobra Rare Hostile
Light Green Snake.jpg
Green snake Common Hostile
Orange Snake.jpg
Orange snake Rare Hostile
Shy Green Snake.jpg
Dark snake Rare Passive
Coral Snake.jpg
Coral snake Rare Hostile
Spotted Snake.jpg
Spotted snake Common Passive
Rattle Snake.jpg
Rattlesnake Common Hostile

History[edit | edit source]


v4.5.1[edit | edit source]

- Snakes are healed with raw rat.

v4.3.1[edit | edit source]

- You can now name your tamed snakes by using an amulet or book.

v4.2.2[edit | edit source]

- Fixed snake head rotation.

v4.2.0[edit | edit source]

- Fixed pet mounting (birds, bunnies, snakes, turtles, kitties).

v4.1.1[edit | edit source]

- Fixed snake attack animation.

v3.7.0[edit | edit source]

- Increased speed of the snakes.

v3.6.0[edit | edit source]

- Snakes are slightly faster.

v3.5.0[edit | edit source]

- Added snakes.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Snakes are based on many real-life snake species:
  • Pythons can slither on top of water, and don't become submerged like other snakes. When snakes swim, you can hear the slithering sounds they make when they're in water.
  • Like chickens, snakes cannot take fall damage.

Gallery[edit | edit source]