How Does This Snake Kill Its Prey?


By: Robin Tyler

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Mention snakes to some people and they will run a mile. Show them a snake, and they will run a mile more!

How do you rank in that regard? In all seriousness, snakes are fascinating creatures. They are really a varied species and come in many shapes, sizes, and levels of deadly!

And they are deadly for a number of reasons. Obviously, we all think of snakes that bite first. Those fangs are perfectly made to help inject poison into a hapless victim, usually its prey. Once the poison does its work, and the prey is incapacitated, the snake has his ready meal!

Other larger snakes make use of constriction as a way to kill their intended victim. First, they catch them and then slowly wrap their bodies around them, squashing the life force out of the hapless prey. Once done, they too have a meal ready and waiting.

Some snakes even hunt their victims and eat them whole when they catch them. Yes, while they are still alive. Eeew! That can't go down to well...

But would you be able to tell which method a snake would use? For example, a rattlesnake. Would it use venom, eat whole or constrict its victim.

Let's sssssseeeee how you do.

Good luck!

How does an anaconda kill its prey?

Found in South America, Anacondas have four distinct species. One of these, the green anaconda, is the second largest snake in the world in terms of length but the largest in weight. Anacondas constrict their prey, killing them and then eating them.


Beautiful but dangerous, you want to steer clear of this death adder. It kills its prey using which method below?

The common death adder is a native of Australia. With its extremely long fangs, the death adder injects venom into its prey. Once dead, the death adder will eat it. It will lie in wait for days for a victim and usually feeds on small birds and mammals.


Any idea how the ball python does away with its prey?

Also known as the royal python, this snake is beautiful. Because they are relatively small, they are favored as pets.


A true rattler, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake uses which of the options below to feed?

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the heaviest snake found in North America. It is also extremely poisonous! They kill their prey by lying in ambush, attacking, biting and then releasing. They follow the victim until it dies, at which point they will feed.


How does a black mamba down its prey?

The longest snake in Africa, the Black Mamba is legendary. It can reach up to 10 ft in length and is said to chase its prey, even humans, by biting them and injecting them with venom. Black Mambas can travel at speeds up to 6.8 mph over a short distance.


Not dangerous to humans, a garter snake will use which method when feeding?

Not dangerous to humans, you don't want to be a small mammal, slug, lizard, earthworm or any small creature near a hungry garter snake. Although they do possess venom, most garter snakes attack their victims and swallow them whole.


Often kept as a pet, which of the methods below does the boa use to deal with prey?

Boa constrictors, also called the red-tail boa, grab their prey, suffocating them by wrapping themselves around them multiple times.


The chain viper is found throughout Asia. How does this beautiful snake dispose of its prey?

Growing up to four feet in length, the chain viper, also known as Russel's viper, kills its prey by biting it and injecting venom. Their primary source of food is rodents, although they will feed on other small animals if rodents are not available. Supposedly, the chain viper has the loudest hiss of any snake.


The stunning looking tiger snake kills prey using which of the options below?

Tiger Snakes bite and inject venom into their prey. These snakes are extremely poisonous and are found in Australia.


In what way does a Belcher's sea snake incapacitate its prey?

Although they are venomous, the Belcher's Sea Snakes are not considered that dangerous as they only bite in extreme situations and then, do not always inject venom. These snakes grow up to a meter in length.


An African rock python is known to attack how?

Found in sub-Saharan Africa, the African rock python is the biggest snake on the continent. In fact, it is one of the top six largest snakes found on Earth. It uses its size to its advantage, attacking its prey, constricting it till dead and then eating it. Badass!


This is a Philippine cobra. Identify a method from those below in which it will deal with its evening meal, please.

The Philippine cobra is one of the most venomous snakes in the world and simply needs to bite its prey and inject some venom to have a nice meal. These snakes can spit their venom too, but this is a purely defensive reaction.


Any ideas as to how the garden tree boa pictured in this image will take down its prey?

Found throughout South America, the beautiful garden tree boa can be fairly aggressive. With prey, they will attack and then constrict till dead, at which point they will feed.


How does the strangely named Taipan deal with its prey?

This fast moving snake is found in Australia. They are highly poisonous and bit their prey, injecting venom to kill them, at which point they feed. Taipans mainly eat small mammals.


The Eastern indigo snake is found in the Eastern USA, where it will use which method below when hunting?

The Eastern indigo snake hunts a range of creatures that form part of its diet, including other snakes. They are carnivorous, eating their prey whole. Sometimes, they will beat their prey against rocks to kill them before eating them.


A Tiger rattlesnake will use which method below to take down its prey?

Found in parts of Mexico and the Southwestern United States, the Tiger rattlesnake is a highly venomous rattler. They feed mostly on mammals but will eat reptiles as well.


How does a reticulated python deal with prey?

The longest snake type found on Earth, a reticulated python uses its body to constrict prey, killing them and then eating them. They are found throughout South and Southeast Asia. Two cases have been reported of these massive snakes devouring humans!


Species of the sand boa are found throughout the world, from Asia, to America and even Africa. How does it deal with prey at feeding time?

The sand boa is a non-venomous snake. It will constrict its prey, killing it and then eating it. These snakes mostly feed on rodents.


You should be able to recognize a cobra from this image. This one is an India cobra. Would it constrict, eat or use venom on its prey?

With its wide hood, the Indian cobra, found in many parts of Asia is beautiful. It is also dangerous and responsible for the most snakebites of any species in India. They use venom to take down their prey while hunting.


This image shows a ribbon snake. How do you think it feeds?

Part of the garter snake family, the ribbon snake is a carnivore that eats its prey whole. Their diet mostly consists of slugs, worms, and other small creatures. They are fairly docile and often kept as pets.


The stunning looking blood python is featured in this image. Will it eat, constrict or use venom on its prey?

With their beautiful coloring, it's not difficult to see why blood pythons are popular pets. These snakes feed on mammals and birds in the wild.


Here we have the Gaboon viper. Can you tell us its method of dealing with prey?

Found in parts of Africa, the Gaboon viper has some stunning markings. Its long 2-inch fangs produce the most venom out of any snake type.


How does the rubber boa feed?

The rubber boa is found in western parts of the United States and parts of Canada. These snakes are incredibly docile and will not bite humans. Instead, they release a powerful musk when feeling threatened.


Also called the ringneck spitting cobra, the rinkhals is one bad dude! How does it deal with prey?

Although it has a hood like a cobra, a rinkhals is not actually from the cobra family. Although they use venom to take down their prey, when they encounter humans, a rinkhals will often spit venom and aim at the victim's eyes. Ouch!


A boomslang, which means 'tree snake' is found in Africa. How does it dispose of its prey.

Certainly one of the most beautiful snakes around, the boomslang is found in sub-Saharan Africa. Growing up to 5 feet in length, a boomslang will use venom to kill its prey before eating.


Which of these methods below will the Eastern hognose snake use on its prey?

Non venomous, an Eastern hognose snake eats anything it catches whole! It is particularly fond of toads and other amphibians.


The king cobra is shown in this image. It deals with its prey in what manner?

The king cobra is the longest venomous in the world. In fact, the longest ever recorded reached 19 feet! King cobras use a very strong venom to disable their prey before eating it.


Does a Stimson python eat its prey whole? Or does it bite them and inject venom? Or does it use constriction methods?

Found in Australia, the Stimson python will deal with its prey through constriction. They eat small mammals, lizards and even frogs.


An inland taipan will deal with prey by __________

This is the most venomous snake on planet Earth! In fact, the venom from one bite of this snake can kill 100 people. Incredible. Its prey stands no chance then.


How does the rosy boa take out its prey?

One of only two boa types found in the United States, the rosy boa is a constrictor and used that method to dispose of its prey before feeding. As they are fairly docile, they make great pets.


Can you tell us how a water snake will take down its prey before feeding?

There are many different species of water snakes. Generally they will attack and eat fish whole.


Simply stunning! Rainbow boas are pretty indeed. Their prey doesn't think so when it is taken down, however. How does this snake accomplish that?

Rainbow Boa


What method does the Eastern brown snake, pictured here, deal with prey?

Found in Australia and New Guinea, the Eastern brown snake, also called the common brown snake, uses venom but some have been seen wrapping around their victims to aid them biting the prey. Venom does the job though ultimately.


Which of these would the Calabar python use when hunting prey?

Found in West and Central Africa, the Calabar python is a burrowing snake, and it burrows to find it prey as well. It preys on shrews and rodents.


The beautiful blue krait is shown here. What hunting and feeding method does it use?

Found in Southeast Asia, the blue krait will use venom to incapacitate its prey and then eat it. They are identified by their blue/black and white crossbands.


Any idea how a Barbados thread snake will take down its prey?

A very small snake, the Barbados thread snake is a burrower. It feeds on the larvae of ants and termites, eating them whole.


The beautiful emerald tree boa is pictured here. Which of the options below would it use while hunting and feeding?

Unmistakable with its bright green color, the emerald tree boa is found in South America. Growing to about 1.6 meters in length, this boa constricts prey before eating. Prey includes lizards, small mammals and even birds.


The interestingly named saw scaled viper would use which of the answers below to deal with prey?

Found in Africa and the Middle East, the saw scaled viper is a venomous snake that has a varied diet including worms, locusts, birds, toads, and mammals. It incapacitates them by injecting venom and then eating them.


Carpet pythons hunt pray using which method below?

Although they hunt mammals and smaller creatures, the carpet python has been known to attack domestic cats and even dogs! It kills by constriction.


The eastern coral snake has unbelievable coloring. It is deadly, however. How would it kill its prey?

The eastern coral snake is very venomous but luckily, reclusive. They hunt a range of prey, incapacitating them with the venom before eating them.


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