How Impressive Is Your Venomous Snakes Knowledge?


By: Jhoana Porter

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Snakes aren't the most loved creatures in the world, and venomous snakes are loved even less. Of over 3,000 snake species, around 600 use venom for hunting prey or defending themselves. According to the CDC, about 20 of those are found in the United States and are responsible for venomous snakebites in 7,000–8,000 people each year. Needless to say, venomous snakes are dangerous creatures that should be avoided as much as possible.

If you live in the city and work in an office, you're in luck — an encounter with a venomous snake is improbable. However, the same isn't true if you work outdoors or live close to nature. And if you like going on adventures in the wild, your likelihood of seeing a venomous snake increases.

But whether or not you're likely to encounter a venomous snake, it can be helpful to know a thing or two about them. While these reptiles may seem homogeneous, they actually have different physical characteristics, temperament and behavior. Expanding your knowledge about these dangerous yet fascinating creatures can help prevent you from becoming another venomous snakebite statistic.

So, do you think you could identify a venomous snake in the wild? Do you know how to deal with a venomous snakebite? Ace this quiz and be a self-proclaimed venomous snake expert!

Which of these snakes will rattle anyone with their quick, accurate strike that goes as far or even farther than 33.3% of their body length?

Named after the rattle at the end of their tail, rattlesnakes are between 1 and 8 feet long. To this day, 32 different species of rattlesnakes have been identified and cataloged.


These are pretty docile snakes that only bite as a last resort. What are they?

Coral snakes are easily identified by their rich vibrant colors and simple patterns. Many of them often have bright red and black sections and yellow stripes making them easy to spot.


Of over 600 species of venomous snakes, how many pose a real threat to human beings?

About 200 species of venomous snakes are lethal. But if you live in a place with high-quality medical care, your chances of dying from a venomous snakebite are nearly zero.


How do you treat someone who has been bitten by a venomous snake?

Most antivenoms are created by injecting a particular snake's venom into a domestic animal and then harvesting and processing the antibodies from that animal. This discovery is one that has saved countless lives!


No other species of snake can beat this when it comes to speed. Which one is it?

Unless you're on par with Olympic runners, you won't be able to outrace a determined black mamba. This snake can go as fast as 12.5 miles per hour, making it a deadly encounter to be sure.


Which of these snakes spreads out its neck ribs to appear bigger and more threatening?

When threatened, cobras will flatten their necks in an effort to look larger and intimidate their foes. Due to this, it's no wonder that their name comes from the Portuguese word for hooded snake.


They may not have the strongest venom, but they're behind most snakebite deaths in humans every year. What are they called?

Found in some regions of Africa, India and the Middle East, saw-scaled vipers loop into S-shaped folds and rub their scales together to produce a hissing sound when threatened.


King cobras are the longest venomous snakes in the world. How long was the longest known king cobra?

The longest king cobra on record (as of 2019) clocked in at 19.2 feet in length. When stood on its end, that's the height of an average adult giraffe! Adult king cobras are more commonly found to be between 10.4 and 13.1 feet in length.


Their venom doesn't only have neurotoxins; it has myotoxins, hemolysins and coagulants as well. What are they called?

Tiger snakes are protected species in some parts of Australia, and if you injure or kill one, you'll be faced with a hefty fine of $7,500 and possibly an 18-month jail sentence.


Can you identify this deadly venomous snake that is often called the "fierce snake"?

"Fierce snake" is an appropriate nickname for the inland taipan. Its venom is so toxic that one untreated bite can send you to the afterlife in as little as 30 to 45 minutes. If you value your life, steer clear of this creature.


This snake is normally found in or around a body of water and is the only semiaquatic viper in the world. Which one is it?

Cottonmouth snakes are also called water moccasins. Although their aggression is often exaggerated, their bites can leave scars and many victims of their bite sometimes require amputation of the limb.


When frightened, this snake freezes instead of escaping, increasing its chances of being stepped on, which in turn makes it more likely to get a snakebite. Can you identify it?

Known for the hourglass shapes on their body, copperhead snakes are petrified when they feel threatened. They don't normally attack humans, but they will bite if stepped on.


Can a snake's head still bite you after it has been decapitated?

Since snakes need very little oxygen to keep their brain working, they can survive for another few minutes or hours after being beheaded. They're kind of like zombies of the animal world.


Which type of snake has the longest fangs?

The distinguished Gaboon viper is known to have fangs that can measure up to 2 inches in length and has one of the highest venom yields of any snake species! If you're walking in Africa, keep on the lookout for this snake!


Which of these are responsible for most cases of snakebites in the United States?

Copperheads account for the majority of snakebites in the United States. Unlike many snakes who give a warning before striking, copperheads are very quick to strike when threatened.


How many species of venomous snakes can fly?

Snakes can't fly. What's referred to as flying snakes (chrysopelea) climb up trees and then glide instead of flying like a bird would. Chrysopeleas are only mildly venomous.


Which one of these snake venoms target your blood?

Hemotoxins are particularly dangerous when you consider the fact that they will either destroy your red blood cells or cause blood clotting if bitten. When push comes to shove, it's best to avoid the bite!


Which of these snakes doesn't primarily produce hemotoxins?

Sea snakes mainly produce a neurotoxic venom that will attack their prey's nervous system. They live in water for most if not all of their lives and most of them can't move on land.


Are venomous snakes the same as poisonous snakes?

Something is poisonous when it can harm you either by touching or digesting it. On the other hand, something is venomous if it injects your tissues or blood with harmful toxins.


Sea snakes are divided into two groups, with one being true sea snakes. What's the other one?

The second group of sea snakes is known as the sea kraits. These fascinating creatures can survive on land or out in the sea. While they can survive in either location, they are required to head toward land whenever they want to digest a meal or lay some eggs!


Which type of snake isn't a member of the viper family of snakes?

While coral snakes are related to sea snakes, cobras and mambas, they aren't related to vipers. Unlike many venomous snakes, they have round pupils instead of cat-looking ones.


A sea snake is often mistaken for an eel. How do you distinguish a sea snake from an eel?

The process is quite easy; the main distinguishing factor between an eel and a sea snake is that eels have gills while sea snakes do not. This means that sea snakes do have to surface from time to time to breathe.


Can venomous snakes give you a dry bite?

Venomous snakes can actually give you a dry bite, meaning there's no venom in the bite. If symptoms don't show eight to 12 hours after a bite, it's most likely a venom-free bite.


What should you do if you encounter a snake in the wild?

On average, snakes aren't normally aggressive creatures unless provoked. Like most humans, a snake does not really appreciate it when someone decides to step on their tail. So long as the average explorer watches their step, accidents can be avoided!


Vipers are generally large snakes. Which type is the longest in the world?

Bushmasters are 6 to 9 feet in length, but some grow to up to 13 feet. Their tail's horny spine that vibrates when threatened earned them the nickname "mute rattlesnake."


What are the rattles of a rattlesnake made of?

Rattlesnake rattles, as well as many snake scales in general, are made of keratin. Sound familiar? That's because keratin can also be found in the materials that make up human hair and nails!


Which of these snakes isn't venomous?

While anacondas are exceptionally frightening, they aren't actually venomous. Rather than bite, the anaconda will wrap its massive body around its victims and proceed to crush them to death!


Which type of snake venom affects your nerves and brain?

Neurotoxic venom is exceptionally dangerous because it attacks its victims' nervous system directly. The toxic can quickly cause muscle paralysis and instigate respiratory failure in the snake's victims.


Which of the following doesn't have neurotoxic venom?

Cottonmouths are vipers, which mainly produce hemotoxins. They normally have to track down their targets after they've been bitten since their venom is slower at immobilizing prey.


Snake venom is harmful to most animals including humans. But this creature is surprisingly immune to rattlesnake venom. Which one is it?

Immune to rattlesnake venom, the woodrat can certainly hold its own in a fight. Woodrats have been known to bite and scratch rattlesnakes to death on occasion! We wouldn't get on the wrong side of that fight!


Cytotoxic venom targets what part of you?

Cytotoxins destroy body cells. They can cause death to most if not all of the cells in your tissue or organ. If treated incorrectly, it could lead to the death of an entire limb.


Which snake isn't native to the United States?

There are only four primary groups of venomous snakes that can be found in the United States: the rattlesnake, copperheads, coral snakes and cottonmouths. The black mamba, while distinctive and well known, is native to Africa.


Which of these characteristics describes a cottonmouth?

While some might believe that the cottonmouth snakes are named after their habitat, they actually get the moniker from their pinkish-white mouths! These distinctive creatures have distinct blocky heads and are usually between 2 and 4 feet in length.


How long can true sea snakes remain underwater?

While many snakes might passingly be referred to as sea snakes, true sea snakes can stay underwater for upwards of eight hours. They accomplish this by breathing through their skin, with their enlarged lungs making up much of their body length.


The non-venomous corn snakes are often mistaken for copperhead snakes. How do you tell them apart?

It's easy to confuse the reddish color of corn snakes as the color of copperheads. If the color isn't helping, just remember that copperheads have hourglass patterns on them.


Which of the following is NOT a snakebite treatment myth?

Anyone bitten by a venomous snake should remove any tight clothing, wash the wound, apply a light bandage to protect the wound from infections and seek medical attention at once.


In case of a survival situation, can you safely eat a venomous snake?

Considering that venom is only harmful if it enters a person's bloodstream, it should be no surprise that in some cultures a well-cooked snake is actually quite the delicacy.


Snake charming is a popular practice in Asia and North Africa. What makes the cobra dance?

Although snakes can hear sound, they don't have the ability to hear music. When they're dancing, they're following the musical instrument, which they consider to be a threat.


Vipers are found everywhere except New Zealand, Antarctica, north of the Arctic Circle, island clusters, Australia and Madagascar. Which doesn't describe pit vipers?

Vipers may seem more sluggish than other venomous snakes, but this is only due to the fact that they rely more on their camouflage ability to catch prey than their speed.


Which type of water snake is believed to be 100 times deadlier than the fierce snake, inland taipan?

Despite being deadlier than the inland taipan, the faint-banded sea snake is actually less threatening to human beings. They only bite when severely mistreated so as long as you don't go poking it with a stick, you should be fine.


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