Pasta Shovel-Nosed Snake

I wasn't thrilled with how my pasta version of a coral snake turned out, but am much happier with this shovel-nosed snake, also made from dried pasta. I swapped mezzi rigatoni for penne, which made a huge difference. Photographing it in the backyard instead of on a piece of construction paper helps, too. 

My pasta version of the shovel-nosed snake is actually a little longer than the real thing. A shovel-nosed snake (which is completely harmless to humans) typically reaches a maximum length of 11-17 inches. 


Pasta Shovel-Nosed Snake


  • approx. 20 pieces of mezzi ritagoni
  • glue gun
  • acrylic paint


Put a thin line of hot glue just along the inner edge of a piece of mezzi rigatoni, then press a second piece to it. Keep going until you are happy with the length of the snake.

Lifting the snake as little as possible, paint every other piece of rigatoni yellow. Then paint the remaining pieces black. 

When the paint is dry, turn the snake upside down. Reinforce all the joints with a thin line of hot glue (this won't show from the top). Turn your snake back over. That's all there is to it!


  1. Pasta or not - freaks me out😂😂

    1. LOL. It's a headless pasta version of a harmless snake. But I get it. That's the way I feel about eels. (shudder)


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