Display Snake
Health points 10 (2hearts2hearts2hearts2hearts2hearts)
Attack strength Easy: 2 (Poisoned 2hearts)
Normal: 2 (Poisoned 2hearts)
Hard: 3 (Poisoned 2heartsPoisoned 1hearts)

Poison for 7 sec (Poisoned 2heartsPoisoned 2heartsPoisoned 2heartsPoisoned 2heartsPoisoned 2heartsPoisoned 2heartsPoisoned 2heartsPoisoned 1hearts)

Spawn Solid surfaced blocks with a minimum of two block spaces above them and the Wyvern Lair.
First appearances See History
Drops Grid Egg Egg (0-2)
Experience 1–3
Sounds Idle







Entity ID MoCSnake

Snakes are tamable mobs found in the Overworld and the Wyvern Lair. They can either be passive or neutral, depending on the species.

Spawning Edit

Natural generation Edit

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 elsewhere where they are grass blocks.

Wyvern Lair Edit

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

Drops Edit

Snakes will drop 0-2 eggs upon death. They drop 1 to 3 experience when killed by a player or tamed wolf.

Behavior Edit

Python attacking

A python attacking the player.

Snakes wander around aimlessly, avoiding cliffs high enough to cause fall damage and tend to swim in water. Snakes can be heard hissing occasionally. Each snake has their own behavior, and some may be harder to find than others. Snakes may be passive or neutral.

Unlike other mobs, snakes can't jump, and will scale vertically up blocks, like scorpions and spiders.

If you hold a mouse or bird near a snake and then drop it, the snake will hunt it down; they usually attack these small creatures.

Snakes can exist either in a passive, neutral, or hostile state. Passive snakes will not attack the player, and will flee when approached. Passive snakes include the dark snake and the spotted snake.

Snake warning

A snake with its head lifted up.

Aggressive snakes are initially neutral, but if a player approaches one, the snake will lift its head up and begin to hiss at you as a warning. If you move about three blocks away, the snake will ignore you. However, if you continue to remain in its range, it will become aggressive and attack you. Some aggressive species are capable of poisoning you.


Some hostile snakes can poison you. They're deadly if you are touched by one, because if you are touched, the poison effect will last for 7 seconds, and lower you to 7 (2hearts2hearts2hearts1hearts) health 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 aren't equipped with armor, such as scorpion armor.


Snake Egg

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. Once 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.

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 shift key. Tamed snakes can be healed with raw rat.

Tamed snakes are passive, and will never attack the player. It will try to attack any birds, including tamed ones; even if they are on your head. It also won't retreat when approached.

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.

Variations Edit

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

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

Commands Edit

To get a snake egg, input one of the following commands below.

For a list of snake egg IDs, see the egg page.

Minecraft version Command
1.6 or earlier/give @p 4101 1 [ID]
1.7 and later/give @p MoCreatures:mocegg 1 [ID]

 History Edit


v4.5.1 Edit

- Snakes are healed with raw rat.

v4.3.1 Edit

- You can now name your tamed birds, bunnies and snakes by using an amulet or book.


- Fixed snake head rotation.

v4.2.0 Edit

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

v4.1.1 Edit

- Fixed snake attack animation.

v3.7.0 Edit

- Increased speed of the snakes.

v3.6.0 Edit

- Snakes are slightly faster.

v3.5.0 Edit

- Added snakes.

Trivia Edit

  • Snakes are based on many real-life snake species.
    • The appearance of the python is based on the real-life group of pythons, but shares a resemblance to the Burmese python.
    • The green snake is mostly likely based on either the Eastern green mamba or the smooth green snake.
      • If this is true, it's quite odd that the green snake is hostile, as both the Eastern green mamba and smooth green snake are non-aggressive species of snakes.
    • The appearance of the cobra is based on many cobra species.
    • The orange snake is based on the corn snake.
    • The coral snake is based on the group of coral snakes, but may also be based on micrurus.
    • The spotted snake resembles the Yellow-spotted wolf snake.
  • 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 do so.
  • Snakes never take fall damage, even when the player lifts it up into the air and drops it.

Gallery Edit

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