78% of People Can't Identify These Lethal Snakes. Can You?

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Jacqueline Samaroo

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

While snakes may look creepy and scary to some people, only some of them are actually dangerous – the rest are harmless to humans. Are you charming enough to handle these slithering serpents? Then let’s find out if you’re one of the few people who can identify all of these deadly snakes

Which lethal snake is this?

The timber rattlesnake is a species of venomous pit viper that is found in several locations throughout North America. Adult timber rattlesnakes can grow to lengths of anywhere between 3 feet and 5 feet. Like many snakes, they prey on small mammals; however, frogs, birds, and even other snakes, can be included in their diet.

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Choose the name that matches this snake.

The northern Philippine cobra – sometimes simply referred to as the Philippine cobra – is (as the name suggests) a species of highly venomous cobra that is native to the northern areas of the Philippines. While the average length of this snake is 3.3 feet, there have been anecdotes of some even doubling that length to well over 6 feet.

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What is this snake called?

As the name suggests, the black-banded sea krait (also referred to as the Chinese sea snake) is a sea snake that makes its home in the waters of the western Pacific Ocean. Although it is aquatic, this snake actually breathes air; so it has to surface at least once every six or so hours.

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Can you name this lethal snake?

The black mamba is a species of snake that makes its home in various locations in sub-Saharan Africa. It is notable for being the longest species of venomous snake that is native to Africa. Black mambas are actually different shades of brown or even gray in color, the black in their name comes from the dark coloration on the inside of their mouth.

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Which lethal snake is this?

The tiger rattlesnake is a venomous North American pit viper that earns its name from the pattern of vertical stripes that appear on its body. This dangerous snake can be found in northwestern Mexico and the southwestern United States

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Can you identify this creature?

The red-bellied black snake is a species of snake that makes its home primarily in the eastern coastal regions of Australia. Compared to other Australian snakes, the bite of the red-bellied black snake is considerably less venomous and generally not fatal to humans.

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What's this deadly snake called?

The Caspian cobra goes by a few other common names, including the Oxus cobra, the Central Asian cobra, and the Russian cobra. However, this snake is not actually found in the current Russian Federation but is instead found in Central Asian countries; such as Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan – as well as parts of India, Iran and Pakistan.

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Which terrifying snake do you see here?

Also referred to as the Arabian horned viper (due to the fact that it is often found in the Arabian peninsula), this snake is usually only 12 inches to 24 inches long – although maximum lengths of 33 inches have been recorded. Females of the species are usually larger than their male counterparts.

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Can you name this lethal snake?

Found in southern Africa, the cape cobra is a species of snake that is recognized as being extremely venomous. This species of snake is oftentimes referred to locally as the copper cobra or the yellow cobra, due to its coloration.

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What name does this reptile go by?

The rinkhals is a species of venomous snake that can be primarily found in parts of southern Africa. It is sometimes referred to as the ringhals or also the ring-necked spitting cobra – however it is not actually considered to be a true cobra (although it is a close relative).

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What is this snake called?

The yellowbelly sea snake (also sometimes referred to as the yellow-bellied sea snake or the pelagic sea snake) is a species of sea snake that can be found in tropical oceans around the world, excluding the Atlantic Ocean. The name of the snake comes from the fact that it has a brown back and yellow underside.

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Can you identify the snake pictured here?

The spectacled cobra, also sometimes more commonly simply referred to as the Indian cobra or the Asian cobra, is a species of snake that can be primarily found in the Indian subcontinent. This snake has historically been an important part of Indian culture.

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Can you name this deadly animal?

The eastern coral snake (also known as the American cobra and the common coral snake) is a species of venomous snake that can be found in the southeastern United States. It is often confused with the harmless scarlet snake and the scarlet kingsnake.

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Do you remember the name of this lethal snake?

The Indochinese spitting cobra is a well-known snake that a dangerous reputation and many different names all across Southeast Asia. It is also referred to as the Siamese spitting cobra, the Thai spitting cobra, and the black-and-white spitting cobra, among other names.

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Which killer snake is this?

The coastal taipan is oftentimes simply referred to as the common taipan or even simply called “the taipan." It is a snake that is native to not only the northern coast of Australia, but also the southern coast of New Guinea.

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What's this deadly snake called?

The monocled cobra (also referred to as the monocellate cobra) is a species of cobra that is primarily found in Southeast Asia and South Asia. The venom produced by this snake can lead to hypotension, paralysis, respiratory related failure and in extreme cases even death.

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Can you identify this creature?

The olive brown sea snake is a dangerous venomous sea snake that makes its home in the Indo-Pacific region. It is oftentimes also referred to as the golden sea snake or simply the olive sea snake. This snake swims using its paddle-like tail.

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Which deadly snake is pictured here?

The elegant sea snake is an aquatic snake that makes its home in the waters just of the coast of Australia. Most of the elegant sea snake population has been found off the coast of Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia.

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Match these deadly snake to the name it was given.

The western green mamba – also known as the West African green mamba or the Hallowell’s green mamba – is a venomous snake that is native to select areas of West Africa. The western green mamba has scales that are a bold green color and it is able to travel through trees with ease.

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Match these deadly snake to the name it was given.

The Indian krait (also simply referred to simply as the blue krait or common krait) is a species of venomous snake that can primarily be found in the jungles of the Indian subcontinent. This snake is notable for being the cause of most snakebites on humans in India.

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Can you identify the lethal snake shown here?

Also sometime referred to as the Mojave green, the Mojave rattlesnake is a very venomous pit viper that is found primarily in central Mexico and the southwestern parts of the United States. The venom that this snake produces is considered to be the most potent rattlesnake venom in the world

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What's this snake's name?

The black-necked spitting cobra gets its name from both its black coloration and also the way that it can eject venom from its fangs. This snake’s venom can be launched over distances of 23 feet and it can cause skin irritation and even blindness if it comes in contact with the eyes.

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Which deadly snake is pictured here?

The Stephens' banded snake is a species of venomous snake that is native to Australia. The Stephens' banded snake is classified as a tree snake and its name is a direct tribute to the Australian academic, William John Stephens. It is primarily found at the east coast (central east coast) of Australia.

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Point to the name that matches the snake.

The forest cobra (also called the black and white-lipped cobra or simply the black cobra) is a species of venomous snake that is native to Africa. The forest cobra is notable for being regarded as the largest true cobra species – with reported lengths of over 10 feet.

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What is this snake's common name?

On a list of the world’s most venomous snakes, the Collett's snake (also referred to as the Down’s tiger snake or Collett’s cobra) ranks about nineteenth. However, while this may seem impressive, compared to other Australian snakes, the Collett's snake is considerably less venomous.

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Can you tell us what this snake is called?

The western brown snake also goes by the mononym “gwardar”. This snake is extremely venomous and also native to Australia. It can be found all across the Australian continent, preying upon a diet of small mammals and reptiles.

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Which lethal snake is this?

The blue-bellied black snake (also referred to as the spotted black snake) is a species of snake that can primarily be found on the eastern side of Australia in Queensland and New South Wales. They are usually only an average of 4 feet long but some snakes have been recorded at lengths of over 6.5 feet long.

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Match this lethal snake to its name.

The King Cobra is distinctive for quite a few reasons. Firstly, it belongs to its own solitary genus and not the genus Naja (the genus for true cobras). Secondly, this Indian and Southeast Asian snake holds the title of being the world’s longest venomous snake. Lastly, although it does occasionally feed on rodents and lizards, its primary prey is actually other snakes.

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Can you name this deadly animal?

The mainland tiger snake (often times simply referred to as the tiger snake), is a venomous snake that is primarily found in areas of southern Australia (including the island of Tasmania). The coloration of these snakes is highly variable; however, their key visual trait is their tiger-like bands.

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Which of these names belongs to this snake?

The annulated sea snake (also referred to sometimes as the blue-banded sea snake) is a species of venomous sea snake that can be found in the waters around the Asian continent. Some of the most common areas that this snake can be found include; the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea.

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Do you remember this snake's name?

A snake that is native to India and some regions of Southeast Asia, the banded krait is a venomous snake that is easily identified by its distinct coloration. The banded krait is classified as one of the largest kraits in the world, with its maximum recorded length being 6 ft. 11 in.

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Point to the name that matches the snake.

The saw-scaled viper is not the name of a single species of snake but rather an entire genus of snakes that is actually directly responsible for causing not only the most snakebite cases but also the most snakebite-related deaths in the world. They make their home in dry habitats and are sometimes called carpet vipers.

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Match this lethal snake to its name.

The Chinese cobra – also called the Taiwan cobra – is a venomous snake that is notable for the fact that it has a relatively high amount of snakebite incidents with humans. As the names of this snake suggest, it is primarily found in both China and Taiwan.

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What is this snake's common name?

The Russell’s viper is one of the several species of venomous snakes that can be found in the Indian subcontinent. This snake can also be found In parts of southern China, Taiwan and other areas in Southeast Asia. It is named in honor of Scottish herpetologist Patrick Russel.

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Do you remember the name of this lethal snake?

The eastern green mamba is a very venomous African snake that is primarily bright green in coloration. These snakes are also known as the white-mouthed mamba, the East African green mamba, the green mamba, or simply the common mamba. They can primarily be found along the southeast coast of Africa.

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Which of these names belongs to this snake?

Found primarily in Western Australia, the dugite is a venomous snake that is considered to be very dangerous. The dugite is considered to be potentially lethal to humans but they are also protected by the Wildlife Conservation Act, with hefty fines if one is killed or even injured.

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Can you identify the snake pictured here?

The inland taipan is an Australian snake that has evolved to produce venom that is particularly deadly to mammals specifically. It has often been classified as the most venomous snake in the world, with one bite having enough lethality to kill (at least) 100 fully grown men.

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Which killer snake is this?

The Mexican west coast rattlesnake is also known locally as the Mexican green rattler or the Mexican west coast green rattlesnake. As the name suggests, this venomous snake primarily makes its home along the west coast of Mexico. It is one of the largest rattlesnakes in the world.

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What name does this reptile go by?

The speckled brown snake is a venomous snake that is native to Australia. This highly venomous snake does not make its home in coastal regions like many Australian snakes, instead it can primarily be found inland in Channel County.

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Which terrifying snake do you see here?

The eastern brown snake is also sometimes simply referred to as the common brown snake. This snake is native to not only areas of Australia but also areas of New Guinea as well. It is considered by many people to be the second most venomous land snake is the world.

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Choose the name that matches this snake.

The name death adder refers to a genus of extremely deadly snakes that make their home in Australia, New Guinea, and several surrounding islands. Their name is well earned, since they are widely considered to be some of the most venomous snakes in the world.

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Which slithering snake is this?

The Fea’s viper is considered by many scientists to be one of the most primitive vipers on the planet. It can usually be found in the mountainous regions of Southeast Asia; specifically, areas of China, Tibet, And Vietnam. It is distinguished by its noticeable yellow head coloration.

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Tell us which name fits this snake.

The mulga snake is the second longest venomous snake in Australia (coming in after the coastal taipan) and it is also considered to be one of the longest venomous snakes in the world. Its population is distributed across virtually all of Australia, except for some portions of the southern coast and most of the southeast.

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Which lethal reptile is this?

The Taiwanese krait is a venomous snake that is primarily found in Southeast Asia. This snake also goes by the names: the Taiwanese krait and the many-banded krait. While it can be found in various habitat types, this snake is more often than not found in marshy locations.

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Do you remember this snake's name?

The lowlands copperhead (sometimes referred to as the lowland copperhead) is a species of snake that can be found throughout Australia. Although they share the name copperhead, this snake is not closely related to the American copperhead. The lowland copperhead is capable of killing an adult human if sufficient medical treatment is not administered in a timely fashion.

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Can you tell us what this snake is called?

The beaked sea snake is a venomous species of sea snake that makes its home in the waters of the Indo-Pacific region. Also referred to as the common sea snake or the hook-nosed sea snake, the beaked sea snake is thought to be responsible for at least 50% of all sea snake bites.

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Can you identify the lethal snake shown here?

The Congo water cobra is also referred to by some people as the Christy’s water cobra. While the name would suggest that it is a water snake, it is actually a land snake that is primarily found in wooded or bushy areas along the banks of rivers and lakes.

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Tell us which name fits this snake.

The Jameson’s Mamba is a species of African snake that is distinguished by its bold green coloration. These snakes are extremely quick and highly venomous as well, making them exceptional predators and potentially dangerous to humans as well.

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