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Been making a few snakes from threaded rod. The centre one is 10mm, the others are about 15mm. I prefer threaded rod to rebar, as it is much easier to draw out the tails and work the head shape. The flattened threads around the head and neck do look a lot like snake scales too. I just wish I could find a supply of threaded rod that's not galvanised. You can't get black threaded rod here. You can get stainless but it's expensive stuff and it's a pain to draw out. Acid dipping long lengths of gal is impractical and burning it off never seems to get it all. An engineer mate suggested you could run some mild through a threading machine. Worth a thought. Anyway, here's a pic or two: