It has been my practice to fold the Chinese zodiac animal for the lunar new year. This year, the lunar new year starts on 10 Feb, and it will be the Year of the Snake.

I thought a great model to represent the Year of the Snake would be the King Cobra by my friend Ronald Koh. It really shows the majesty of the cobra. It wasn’t an easy model to fold – it has about 500 scales and its final length was about 3 feet. Here is the snake in all its glory:


This model first made its appearance in the Sentosa Giant Paperland exhibition on Sentosa (in Singapore) in 1991. It was a combined effort of many origami folders in Singapore, led by Ronald Koh. Here’s a snapshot:


Happy folding!