Do You Know Where to Find These Venomous Snakes?

By: Lauren Lubas
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Do You Know Where to Find These Venomous Snakes?
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About This Quiz

With over 3,000 species of snakes on the planet, there are about 600 venomous species scattered around the world. If you live in an area that is home to venomous snakes, you probably know the telltale signs of venomous snakes. For example, most venomous snakes have triangular heads or arrowhead faces. They also have heat-sensing pits. All of these attributes can help you identify whether or not you should run if you see one, but they don't necessarily tell you what kind of snake you're dealing with, whether it will chase you or where that snake came from. While many Americans don't live in areas with indigenous venomous snakes, snakes have been relocated and showing up in America without warning. Whether they stowed away on shipping containers or they were brought here illegally through trade, more and more snakes from around the world are showing up in people's backyards. For those who can't identify venomous snakes, this can be very dangerous.

However, if you've always had a fascination with snakes, you may be able to identify different species by sight. But do you know where they come from? Take this quiz to see if you can tell us where to find these venomous snakes.

Tiger Snake Where can you find the tiger snake?
Egypt and Nigeria
India
Southern Australia and Tasmania
The tiger snake, or Notechis scutatus, has venom made of neurotoxins, myotoxins, hemolysins and coagulants. They can be various sizes, depending on the size of the prey where they live (and what they eat the most).
Russia and China

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Mamushi This guy goes by several names, including mamushi or qichun. Where does he live?
Australia, Vietnam, and Quebec
Tanzania, Korea, and Australia
Japan, China, and Korea
The Japanese pit viper goes by many names and is related to the copperheads and cottonmouths that are found in the United States. However, pit vipers are usually found in China, Japan, and Korea.
Hawaii

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Banded Krait The banded krait looks like a toy snake, but it is real. Where can it be found?
England and Scottland
The Indian Subcontinent and Southeast Asia
The banded krait is one of the largest kraits. It can grow over six feet long. While it might not look like much from far away, banded kraits have incredibly toxic venom, but the snakes usually only bite at night (because they are the things nightmares are made of).
South Africa
Madagascar

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Eastern Brown Snake The eastern brown snake looks pretty harmless, until you get too close. Where would you have to be to get that close?
East India and Russia
China and Japan
Polynesia
Australia and New Guinea
The eastern brown snake is also known as a common brown snake. It is extremely venomous, though it looks rather harmless ... until it stands up (which only happens right before it strikes).

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Cerastes Cerastes Cerastes cerastes may have two of the same name, but where is this horned viper most commonly found?
North Africa
Ceraste ceraste is easy to spot with two horns above its eyes ... well actually, it blends in pretty well with the sand, so it's not easy to spot. It has two names because it doesn't have any subspecies yet.
South America
Canada
Japan

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Crotalus Durissus Where can you find this master of disguise?
Canada
South America
You might recognize this guy as the tropical or common rattlesnake. The Crotalus durissus is another form of pit viper. As a matter of fact, it is the pit viper that is distributed most widely around the world.
Southern Europe
India

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Black Mamba Where is the black mamba's native habitat?
Sub-Saharan Africa
Black mambas can grow up to nine feet long. They are considered one of the most venomous snakes on the planet, and they're fast too. However, scientists have theorized that their venom can actually create pain killers.
Brazil
Panama
Mexico

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Eyelash Viper The eyelash viper isn't going to flirt with you. Where can you find it if you want to try?
Northern Europe
Central and South America
The eyelash viper can be identified by its horns and the scales above its eyes. While they come in a wide variety of colors, they usually blend in with their surroundings. Don't you want to buy this one some mascara?
South Africa
Australia

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Echis Carinatus Echis carinatus might look like a rattler, but do you know where this viper lives?
Australia
Florida
The Middle East and Central Asia
Echis carinatus is another form of viper. They are a part of the Chordata phylum. While they are mostly found in the Indian subcontinent, they can also be found in various parts of the Middle East as well.
Canada

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Atheris Squamigera Where do you find these colorful yet deadly creatures?
East India and Northern Japan
Northern Japan
West and Central Africa
Atheris squamigera is an incredibly colorful snake, but don't get too close. Even though they have very dangerous venom, people still like to keep them as pets ... maybe because their scales almost look like feathers?
South Africa

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Golden Lancehead Do you know where you might run into a golden lancehead?
Brazil
The golden lancehead can be found off the coast of Sao Paulo. Just looking at the creature can tell you where it received its name. These snakes are gold with an arrow-shaped head commonly found in vipers of its kind.
Spain
France
Italy

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Cape Cobra The cape cobra looks a little like the king cobra, but it is found in another part of the world. Where?
Southern Africa
Also known as the yellow cobra, the cape cobra is found in the southern arid regions of Africa. Its venom can affect your respiratory system. While you might think this guy is easy to spot in the wild, it actually blends in pretty well in the South African deserts.
North America
Eastern Europe
Chile

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Eastern Coral Snake Where is the most common place to find an eastern coral snake?
Northeastern United States
Western Brazil
Eastern Brazil
Southeastern United States
There is something so terrifying about a snake with a striped pattern — probably because nearly all of them are venomous. The eastern coral snake is also known as the American cobra. Its bite seems like it does nothing, but it is highly venomous.

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Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake You can find the yellow-bellied sea snake in every ocean, except this one. Which is it?
The Atlantic
The yellow-bellied sea snake likes tropical waters, and it is found in every ocean except the Atlantic ocean. It has a flattened tail to help it swim. There are few things more terrifying than a venomous snake that is found in the water!
The Pacific
It lives in every ocean.
The Indian

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Atheris Hispida In what part of Africa can you find the Atheris hispida?
Northern Africa
Central Africa
Atheris hispida is another form of viper. It has large scales that give it a spiky appearance, almost like a dragon. This is another venomous snake that is often kept as a pet (by people who like to live dangerously, we suppose).
Southern Africa
It doesn't live in Africa.

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Yellow-Lipped Sea Krait The yellow-lipped sea krait can be found in which waters?
The Dead Sea
The Great Lakes
The Indo-Pacific Oceanic Waters
This crazy creature is identified by its black and white stripes and a yellow nose. Some groups of yellow-lipped sea kraits don't have breeding schedules, which can make them difficult to track.
The Red Sea

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Pygmy Rattlesnake A pygmy rattlesnake might be cute, but they are not to be messed with. Where can you find them?
Northern Scotland
Northern Ireland
Southwestern United States
Southeastern United States
In case you haven't guessed by their names, these snakes only grow to be about two feet long, but that doesn't make them any less toxic. Their scales are rough, so they look dull instead of slimy.

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Eastern Green Mamba Where would you find an eastern green mamba?
Eastern United States
Japan
East Africa
This guy goes by many names, including east African green mamba or white-mouthed mamba. They are almost always found in trees and have an extremely painful and venomous bite that can paralyze its victims.
Eastern Russia

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Red-Bellied Black Snake The red-bellied black snake has a descriptive name, but can you tell us where we can find it?
Australia
This mean looking creature is one of Australia's most commonly encountered snakes, which is terrifying because of how venomous they really are. They usually mate during the spring months.
Zimbabwe
The United States
Spain

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Monocled Cobra The monocled cobra is no nerd. Where can you find him?
East and Southeast Africa
North and Northeast Russia
South and Southeast Asia
No, these snakes are not related to Mr. Peanut. They are described as monocled because of the spot on their back that looks like an eye. The monocled cobra is a pretty common cobra in South and Southeast Asia.
North and Northwest United States

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Egyptian Cobra We can't tell you this name, because then you'll know where the snake is from. Where is it?
Egypt and other parts of Africa
The Egyptian cobra is the second largest cobra species in Africa as they can reach up to nearly ten feet long when they are fully grown. The species is so old that they were featured on the crowns of pharaohs.
Madrid and other parts of Spain
Rome and other parts of Italy
Washington and other parts of the US

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Bothrops Atrox Where can you find a Bothrops atrox?
North America
South America
These masters of disguise have no subspecies, and you can find them nesting on jungle and forest floors (if you can see them). They are usually found in northern parts of South America, east of the Andes Mountains.
Japan
Ireland

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Sidewinder What countries does the sidewinder call home?
The U.S. and Mexico
The sidewinder is also called the horned rattlesnake. It gets its name from the way it moves across desert landscapes: sideways, leaving interesting tracks in the sand that cannot be mistaken for anything else.
India and China
Egypt and India
Spain and Portugal

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Bothrops Alternatus You may be able to recognize Bothrops alternatus by its unique markings, but where can you find it?
North America
Eatern Europe
Northern Ireland
South America
Bothrops alternatus is another pit viper species. They come in various colors, but also have unique patterns on their backs to blend in. They are usually found in the tropical areas of northern South America.

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Copperhead Where might you find a copperhead?
Eastern North America
Copperheads are great at camouflaging themselves. This often leads to unexpected encounters with humans as they are found in the Eastern United States, including very densely populated areas.
Western South America
Northern Africa
Southern India

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Inland Taipan Where can you find this inland taipan?
Korea
Australia
Inland taipans, which also go by the name of the western taipans, have small scales that make them look shiny or slimy. However, they are usually found in the semi-arid habitats of Australia.
Japan
New Zealand

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Gaboon Viper The gaboon viper might have a funny name, but there is nothing funny about its bite. Where might you find one?
Africa
These vipers have fangs that are nearly two inches long, and, if that wasn't scary enough, the gaboon viper is the snake that can hold the most venom at a single time. That's more deaths for them and more frightening for us!
Europe
China
Japan

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Cottonmouth He may seem thirsty, but where would you find a cottonmouth?
Northwestern Russia
Southeastern United States
Copperheads are generally found in the Southeastern United States. If they feel threatened, they will coil their bodies and show off their fangs. If you see a copperhead in this position, run, because it may strike.
Southern Ireland
Western Europe

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Coastal Taipan Where would you find this type of taipan?
The Jungle
The Desert
The Coast
The coastal taipan can be found in the coastal regions of Australia and New Guinea. They eat small, warm-blooded animals. These snakes are large, which means that they produce a lot of venom and can inject quite a bit into their victims.
The Mountains

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Macrovipera Lebetina The Macrovipera lebetina can be found in these regions. What are they?
Southern India
The Far East
The Middle East and North Africa
While this picture might not depict it, the Macrovipera lebetina can be found in a variety of colors. They are some of the most venomous vipers on the planet and blend right in to their surroundings.
North America

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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake Where are the most common places to find a western diamondback rattlesnake?
Georgia and Ireland
Texas and Mexico
The western diamondback is generally found in the arid regions of Texas and Mexico as well as the desert regions of Arizona. They are responsible for most snakebite-related deaths in these regions.
India and Africa
Canada and New York

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Many-Banded Krait Where would you find a many-banded krait?
Japan
Korea
Vietnam
China
At first look, you might think this snake is something out of Beetlejuice because the many-banded krait has a small head and black and white stripes. However, this snake is real and real poisonous.

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Timber Rattlesnake A timber rattlesnake lives in the woods, but where are those woods?
Northern Mexico
Western United States
Eastern United States
The timber rattlesnake is also known as a canebrake rattlesnake or a banded rattlesnake. It can grow up to five feet long and is yet another species of pit viper that is found in the United States.
Western Canada

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Trimeresurus Stejnegeri Where can you find a Trimeresurus stejnegeri?
Europe
Africa
Asia
While you might think that its name makes it sounds like a dinosaur species, these bright green snakes are actually vipers. They prefer to live in trees, as they can blend in well with the colors.
Antarctica

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Pit Viper These pit vipers can weigh up to two and a half pounds. Where would you find one?
Asia
Europe
North America
South America
Crotalus durissus is considered very dangerous throughout South America. Their appearance might fool you into thinking they aren't venomous, but they are actually yet another form of pit viper.

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Lachesis Muta This guy is called a Lachesis muta. Where would you find him?
Europe
South America
Lachesis muta is considered extremely dangerous in South America, where it lives. It looks almost like burnt leaves, which helps it blend in with its surroundings like a professional.
India
Canada

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Death Adder This venomous snake has the word "death" in its name. Where can you find it?
Australia and New Guinea
What could possibly be more frightening than a snake? How about a cannibal snake? The death adder actually hunts other snakes. They look like vipers and have one of the most dangerous bites in the world.
New Zealand and Korea
India and Korea
Polynesia

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Belchers Sea Snake The Belcher's sea snake looks cool, but their venom is extremely potent. Where can you find one?
Southeast Asia and Northern Australia
These snakes rarely strike humans to kill. However, if they do, their venom is so potent it can kill a thousand people with just a couple of milligrams ... talk about overkill, don't you think?
Japan and China
New Guinea and Northern Australia
New Zealand and Japan

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