How Does This Snake Kill Its Prey?

By: Robin Tyler
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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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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, 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

Rainbow Boa

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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