In “The Jungle Book,” the snake’s name is Kaa, pronounced Kar. He’s a python, after all. This name was inspired by the hissing sound snakes produce when they open their mouths.
The Mow in Mowgli rhymes with cow, thus Kaa’s name isn’t the only one with an unusual sound. While Kipling dreamed up Kaa and Mowgli, he used Hindustani names for other characters. Baloo (pronounced Bar-loo) means bear in Hindustani, and Bagheera (pronounced Bug-eer-a) means panther or leopard in Hindustani.
Both Kipling’s books and Disney’s animated film feature Kaa, Mowgli, Baloo, and Bagheera, however their personalities change.