Some time ago, one of my nephews took me aside and asked me if, for his birthday (which is this week), I could make him a toy snake... mission accomplished.
It's quite cute, if I do say so myself, and certainly a lot friendlier-looking than Kaa from Disney's The Jungle Book. Of course, Disney took quite a bit of liberty with Rudyard Kipling's original character. In his stories Kaa is actually a friend to Mowgli, and saves the young boy from the Bandar-log (monkey people) by hypnotizing them. He accidentally hypnotizes Baloo and Bagheera as well, but Mowgli is able to snap them out of it because, as a human, he is immune to being hypnotized by the snake.
Speaking of Kipling and snakes, the ones in Gunga Din, the 1939 classic film based on his 1892 poem by the same name, are definitely not of the friendly variety. The Thugs have a pit full of poisonous serpents into which they are threatening to toss our heroes. Creepy, creepy.