Snakes Are Sexy
That's right, swallow that mouse whole.

"It is as if I have draped myself in a penis!"
Jane, Nobody Scores!

Simply put, there is something about snakes that inspires our worst fears and greatest dreams. Maybe it's their graceful way of moving, their cool, dispassionate gaze, the smoothness of their scales. Maybe it's the fangs, the way they flick their tongues, or the way they wrap tightly around you in a kind of slinky hug. Maybe it's their suggestive shape, or the fact that they're inherently dangerous, even if they can't actually hurt you.

Whatever the reason, in any situation not emphasizing Reptiles Are Abhorrent, snakes are used as a symbol of Evil Is Sexy.

Depending on the Mythology you reference, the Lamia or Naga are pretty much the epitome of this. The Lamia is often described as a creature with the body of a snake, and the head, arms, and torso of a human, and are rarely depicted as anything other than incredibly attractive, if not naturally malevolent. The Naga also fits the former's description, but is otherwise depicted as having the entire body of a snake, with the head taking on a human-like face.note  Often they are shape-shifters, capable of taking a human or serpentine form. The Western interpretation of Naga is where you get the sexy snakes.

See also Feather Boa Constrictor, for snakes worn draped over the shoulders, which often overlaps with this trope.


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    Anime & Manga 

  • Boris Vallejo has, naturally, drawn some very sexy Snake Women, like in this painting. (Warning, very NSFW.)
  • The serpent from the Garden of Eden is surprisingly depicted as such sometimes, usually as a sort of half-snake half-woman creature.
  • The painting Lilith, by John Collier, depicting a beautiful nude woman wrapped suggestively in a pair of snakes.

    Comic Books 
  • The Delphyne Gorgon from The Incredible Hercules.
  • In one flashback in Ironwood a young mage student tried giving a love potion to a cold older student whom he loved. It didn't work quite as expected — she instead had sex with her half-snake female roommate. Because "this body of yours is very phallic" and "size does matter".
  • Sensor (Princess Projectra), depending on which retcon is valid, might count as inversion, since she is a snake (or a naga) hiding behind the illusion of a human woman.
  • Loki has some historical associations with snakes and since 2014 a Pretty Boy redesign. So who is surprised that covers like this exist?

    Fan Works 
  • The mutie biker Harley from the Dredd fanfic Highway Don't Care is described as curvaceous and attractive — despite her scales, slit-pupilled eyes and unhinging jaw. Her partner, Indian, has a helpless crush on her. She doesn't like being described as a snake, threatening to cold-cock anyone who describes her as such.
  • In the Discworld fics of A.A. Pessimal, in this case Why And Were, Johanna Smith-Rhodes is seen handling a pet python with nonchalance and looking as if, in different clothing, she could be seen moonlighting as an exotic dancer rather than a zoologist.note  She also wrangles poisonous snakes in the course of a day's work, making post boxes safe again for the city.
  • There's an entire fetish related to Disney's Kaa(or some expy thereof) hypnotizing and/or coiling people (Mowgli, the author/artist's favorite fictional character, or even the reader her/himself) and either eating them, keeping them as pets/slaves or... whatever.

    Films — Live-Action 

  • In the Chronicles of Narnia novel The Silver Chair, the Emerald Witch transforms into a poisonous serpent. After she tried to corrupt the protagonists into shunning Aslan...
  • In Making Money Moist thinks that his girlfriend can sashay in a way that could put snakes to shame.
  • Salmissra, Queen of the Snake People in The Belgariad.
  • Crowley. Oh my God, Crowley.
  • A variation in the Xanth novels is the Python of Mount Parnassus, an immense snake capable of swallowing live humans whole (with ease), who also has the ability to control any woman through the power of sexiness... which makes no sense, but hey, it's Xanth.
  • Also from Piers Anthony, one minor character in the Incarnations of Immortality series is a dancer named Pythia, whose act involves dancing suggestively with a snake before letting it swallow her whole (she makes sure to use an ointment that'll keep her from being digested or suffocated).
  • A Merritt's novel The Face in the Abyss has Ananda the Snake Mother, a beautiful silver-haired naga with pearly, heart-shaped scales.
  • In Keats' Lamia poem, Lamia is a beautiful snake, being a "rainbow" of lovely colors. When she turns into a woman, she becomes The Vamp.

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  • Most obviously, explicitly Freudian example ever: "Here Comes the Snake" by Cherry Poppin' Daddies.
    Here comes the snake and he circles your leg.
    He's come to play and make your body parts shake.
  • Monster Magnet has a song called Snake Dance on one of their earlier albums, Spine of God.
  • The Lamia from The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis.
  • The music video "Engel" by Rammstein has a dancer who uses a snake as a prop.
  • One of the strippers in the Music Video for "How Do U Want It?" by Tupac Shakur is seen with a python.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Snake in the Chinese zodiac is associated with sexuality, to the point where calling a woman "a snake" in China is a compliment. "Madame White Snake" is also one of the best known folk tales in China, a fantasy tale revolving around a young scholar who marries an incredibly beautiful woman named "Madame White", only to find out that she and her maidservant are snakes in human form. See the other wiki article here for more details.
  • Early versions of the tale of Melusine revealed her to be a Naga. Later versions changed this to a mermaid.
  • In Indian mythologies, the Naga (the snake people) were described as extremely beautiful, both male and female, in their human forms.

  • Bally's Mata Hari pinball prominently features the sexy spy on the backglass and art, with several snakes lurking around the edges.
  • Viper takes this Up to 11, with a menacing robotic serpent and a naked chrome Fembot on the backglass.

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    Tabletop Games 
  • In Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 had Slaanesh, Chaos God of Lust and Perversion, that was heavily associated with serpents with one of its many names being "the Great Serpent". At least two of its followers: Dechala the Denied One in Warhammer Fantasy and the Daemon Primarch Fulgrim in 40K were converted into snake-like Greater Daemons.
  • Silessa in Ravenloft was quite literally this trope being an asp familiar that was magically turned into a busty blonde elven maiden that wears strategically placed snake jewelry and worked as exotic dancer for the Carnival. She still possesses many snake-like traits such as shedding her skin, spitting poison and being able to communicate with snakes.
  • Marilith in Dungeons & Dragons combine this Trope with Evil Is Sexy, being tall demons with long, snaky tails and six-armed female upper bodies. One Planescape short story told in comic book form features a cambion trying to win the love of one of them, only to get his wish in the worst way possible.

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    Western Animation 
  • The "Whacking Day" episode of The Simpsons, which deconstructs the Reptiles Are Abhorrent trope, has guest star Barry White invoking this trope in the animals' defense.
    Bart: You like snakes, don't you, Mr. White?
    Barry White: I love the sexy slither of a lady snake. Oooooooh baby.

    Real Life 
  • As seen in the trope image, Belly Dancers use snakes as props during their shows. Though they should be careful at that, or else the trope would be quite squicktastically subverted. What do you think happens to somebody who gets swung around too much? Exactly, they get sick.
  • The undulating motion of a snake itself can be rather sexy—think of all those dances where women basically do the same thing (but standing).
  • Snake references, like "the one-eyed trouser snake," are often used as penis euphemisms. Sir Mix-a-Lot referenced this in his famous song "Baby Got Back" (as did Nicki Minaj in "Anaconda," a remix of "Baby Got Back"): My anaconda don't want none unless you got buns, hun!
  • For many, seeing someone draped or wrapped in the coils of a snake is very provocative.
  • Vorarephilia is a paraphilia where pleasure is derived from the concept of being swallowed whole. Naturally, thanks to snakes' real-life ability to swallow large creatures, they appear in a lot of vorarephilic art and stories (as do Snake People).

  • Averted by Bill Engvall in his album Here's Your Sign. He's scared to death of snakes and when one girlfriend tried to invoke this (with a boa constrictor named "Fluffy", he suddenly sobered up and left her house.
    Girlfriend *breathy*: No. Wait, Bill... Fluffy can wrap around us while we make love.
    Bill *mockingly breathy*: No he can't... cause I'll kill him.