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Basically wearing a snake (real or fake) as though it's a fashion accessory. This can often be seen with a JunglePrincess (especially if she has a FurBikini), TheChiefsDaughter, or a NubileSavage.

A FemmeFatale or DragonLady would use a venomous one, to show she has some connection with these creatures. MsFanservice might use the snake in place of one or more items of clothing, taking the TheissTitillationTheory to its limits.

Rock singers or Professional Wrestlers might also wear one, just to look {{Badass}}.

In RealLife, it's actually a practical way to carry some smaller snakes ([[DontTryThisAtHome as long as you do it right]]). Larger snakes can be difficult to carry this way for long, as they are heavier than you might expect due to the high percentage of muscle mass and, in the case of constrictors, they will constrict if held in a way that makes them feel like they are about to fall. In fiction, it's meant to give a "wild and untamed" look to the wearer.

Not to be confused with the actual costume piece called a [[FluffyFashionFeathers Feather Boa]].

Compare RightHandCat, FriendToAllLivingThings.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Margaret from ''Manga/OnePiece''. In fact, the entirety of Amazon Lily does this, as their snakes actually double as longbows. Subverted with their leader, Boa Hancock, whose snake is so big that it acts as her ''chair'' instead.
* Echidna of ''QueensBlade'' takes this a step further. The snake is the only thing covering her lower half.
* Mitsuko Kongou from ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' wears a snake during the BeachEpisode.
* In ''Manga/BlackButler'', Snake owns several snakes named after literary characters that he keeps wrapped around his person at all times and uses to speak for him.
* Hotarubi from ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' has a pet viper that coils round her neck. The snake isn't only for show, as it works also as a scout and a bodyguard. It even [[EvilDetectingDog saw through]] [[MasterOfDisguise Kisaragi Saemon's]] [[DeadPersonImpersonation disguise]], though Hotarubi couldn't understand why her pet acted so hostile towards her lover.
* Koyomi from ''Manga/GirlsBravo'' was forced to wear nothing but a python after losing a game of Mahjong in the anime. At first she [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes despaired over it]], but she soon befriended it.
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[[folder:Art]]
* ''[[http://www.artcyclopedia.com/masterscans/Henri-Rousseau-Snake-Charmer.html The Snake Charmer]]'', by Henri Rousseau.
* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lilith_(John_Collier_painting).jpg Lilith]]'' by John Collier. A painting representing the first woman ever (according to certain legends written in medieval times), the woman so [[TheVamp powerfully sinful]] that Yahweh had to replace her with Eve.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* MarvelUniverse villainess Princess Python usually has a snake draped around her shoulders...when it's not strangling people.
* [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Kitty Pryde]] has been known to wear Lockheed (a small alien dragon) around her neck.
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[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Thulsa Doom from ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' is [[WhateverMancy all about snakes]] and wears them when not using them as [[ImprobableWeaponUser ranged weapons]]. Also, Creator/JamesEarlJones took a liking to them and insisted on wearing them on and off the set.
* In the first ''Film/WaynesWorld'', Cassandra was shooting a music video, while wearing a snake and complaining about how heavy and awkward it is. She later accused it of trying to feel her up.
* Salma Hayek in ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'' does her dance number as Santanico Pandemonium with a Boa on her shoulders.
* Poison Ivy does this in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' when she "returns to life" at the start of the movie.
* Zhora from ''Film/BladeRunner''. Fun fact: it was the actress' pet snake.
* In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', Meela (the reincarnated Anck-Su-Namun) comes into the O'Connells' house wearing an Egyptian asp.
* In ''Film/{{Striptease}}'' one of the girls performed with a python (named "[[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Monty]]", of course). Then the snake died and was replaced without her knowledge, with predictable results.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Patricia Paiwonski in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand''.
* Male example from ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Lord Voldemort often carries Nagini, his Right-Hand Snake, wrapped around his shoulders, especially in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]''.
* In the ''[[{{Belgariad}} Mallorean]]'', Velvet takes to carrying a snake in her bodice. This took a ''lot'' of practice to avoid the "SNAKE IN MY BOOBS!" reaction, and was just so she had a concealed weapon [[spoiler:to kill Harakon with]]. Once that was done, she gladly returned the snake to her proper home (a bottle).
* At one point in ASongOfIceAndFire [[FemmeFatale Arianne Martell's]] lover goes to her, and she greets him wearing nothing but a snake coiled around her arm. The book makes no mention of it after this, so presumably she does not make a habit of it, and only wanted to make a particularly strong impression on him that one time.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* [[PeepShow Super Hans]] wears a snake to parties.
* [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Snoop Dogg Resident]] got one from a patient who ran a pet store.
--> "My hos are gonna ''love'' this."
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* Music/BritneySpears donned a ball python during her performance at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, one of her most famous performances.
* Music/AliceCooper wore snakes around his neck for music videos and live shows. Word has it, that he used a rental snake for one show (animal importation laws prevented him from bringing his own) and since it wasn't used to the lights and excitement in a typical rock concert, it tried to strangle Alice and had to be cut off.
** Everybody's a critic ...
* Used by one of the exotic dancers in the music video for "Danger!" by Mistikal
** Similarly, one of the strippers in the music video for "How Do U Want It?" by Music/TupacShakur is briefly seen with a python on her shoulders
* Notorious snake enthusiast Slash has one of his pets on him during the video for Music/GunsNRoses' "Patience".
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Many a fine promo by [[ProfessionalWrestling professional wrestler]] [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "the Snake" Roberts]] features him with Damian or Lucifer draped around his neck.
** Wrestling/KevinSullivan, during his [[HollywoodSatanism "Satanic"]] heel run in Florida during the 1980s, would sometimes walk to the ring draped in snakes. Roberts had been a hired gun for Sullivan and was a key part of Sullivan's heel turn.
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[[folder:Religion And Mythology]]
* Lord Shiva combines one of these with snake bracelets.
* Mami Wata is usually depicted with a snake.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Chana Witches from the ''{{Talislanta}}'' RPG have a variant fashion statement, wearing small trained serpents called "wrist vipers" as living (and highly venomous) bracelets.
* A possibility in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', given that snakes are a choice for a wizard or sorcerer's {{Familiar}}.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The female version of the [[AndYourRewardIsClothes unlockable ultimate metal outfit]] in ''RockBand 2'' is a snake and a pair of leggings.
* Elidibs from ''FinalFantasyTactics''.
* Royce from ''[[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Lunar: Silver Star Story]]'' has one in her battle sprite.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' features the [[http://kol.coldfront.net/thekolwiki/index.php/Feather_Boa_Constrictor Feather Boa Constrictor]] as a familiar.
* Taking a cue from John Collier's painting, Lilith in ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' games always has a snake around her shoulders. Other than that, she looks more like [[Film/{{Ghostbusters}} Gozer]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/EerieCuties'', Brooke Lynn almost always wears her pet snake, Seth, around her neck. Considering that she is a Melusine, and can herself turn into a half-snake form, it doesn't seem to unusual.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* A few items on ''GaiaOnline'' are snakes that you can wear in this way, including a white one called [[PunnyName David Boa]].
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Sour Grapes from ''StrawberryShortcake'' wears her pet snake Dregs in this manner.
* Juju from ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' is worn by Mama Odie, a good voodoo priestess, when not being used as a walking stick for the 197 year young visually challenged lady.
* The classic "Microbots" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' had Starscream get attacked by a giant snake that draped itself around him in this manner; Rumble zings "I think it looks stunning on ya!" and the other Decepticons share a laugh over Starscream's predicament.
* One episode of "AaahhRealMonsters" had an episode revolving around the monstrous trio's attempts to get back Krumm's eyeballs after it was devoured by a boa constrictor. During the chase, the constrictor is captured and kept in a pet store where a singer buys it to wear for his rock concert. With a few scares along the way, the boa is finally caught along with the eyeball.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* According to Plutarch, AlexanderTheGreat's mother Olympias did this, being a devout member of a snake cult.
* Quite common in pictorials. Sexy ones in particular. ([[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_xRjmifkjU9c/ShujyhC7QGI/AAAAAAAAC1s/q8rmWCblxa0/s1600-h/capas+cobra.JPG NSFW example]])
** [[http://i84.photobucket.com/albums/k36/scalphunterfire/us/ca.jpg Barbara Carrera]] (who previously interacted with snakes in ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'')
** [[http://img249.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=01510_1_122_557lo.jpg Nastassja Kinski]], by famous photographer Richard Avedon.
** [[http://www.directimg.com/image.img?rid=GYQsupfYYYpsp&size=large Anthea Turner.]]
** RachelWeisz, [[http://www.esquire.com/cover-detail?year=2004&month=4 for the cover of ''Esquire''.]]
* Every single snake demonstrator at any zoo/carnival everywhere, ever.
* Brazilian exotic dancer [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ApsY2TgOBJw/T9ikMjfTKKI/AAAAAAAAEKM/i5RQkH_vAYw/s1600/6.jpg Luz del Fuego]], who being a [[UsefulNotes/{{Nudism}} naturism]] enthusiast liked to wear nothing but the snake. This is why there many pictorials [[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vhgoG4CYgFE/Txd2ApD_EvI/AAAAAAAAFBU/RaznO0U1fiI/s640/SCHEILA+CARVALHO+E+A+COBRA.jpg use them]].
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