I am still thinking about snakes in children's literature (see post below), and for poetry Friday I went looking for poems. I had a dim memory of Edward Lear writing "s was a silly snake" for one of his nonsense alphabets, but he doesn't seem to have done so. However, here is R for Rattlesnake:
R was a rattlesnake,
Rolled up so tight,
Those who saw him ran quickly,
For fear he should bite.
Here is another Edward Lear snake:
"The Scroobious Snake,who always wore a Hat on his Head, for fear he should bite anybody."
There is a lovely Edward Lear website here with a very handy index. I highly recommend his botanical nonsense.
For those who want more adult snake poems, here is a collection of snake poems with commentary...
The poetry Friday roundup is at Chicken Spaghetti this week