How Much Do You Know About Snakes?

By: Annette

How Much Do You Know About Snakes?
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About This Quiz

Whether you think snakes are the stuff of nightmares or a bunch of slithering fun, you’ll be impressed with the rare qualities these cold-blooded creatures can display. Take this quiz right now, and you may surprise yourself by making interesting small talk about the wonderful world of snakes at your next get-together.

Snakes have been a major symbol throughout antiquity; you'll find its figure when perusing Egyptian history or studying the imagery in Hinduism. The Egyptians thought the snake was quite royal, while in Hinduism it represents mortality and rebirth. Why even today, if you've ever seen the World Health Organization or American Medical Association logo, you’ll note it has a snake wrapped around a rod, a symbol of the healing arts.

But what may impress you most, are the unusual qualities of snakes. With over 3,000 species on Earth, you'll find that some snakes can hold their breath for up to 10 minutes underwater. Some can “see” with their pits (one on each side of the head) which senses heat and are thought to render images of prey for the snakes' brains. Are you thirsting to learn more? Then take this snake trivia quiz right now and get sssssatisfied.

Snakes are covered in what?
Feathers
Scales
Snakes are covered in scales. The scales are actually quite beautiful. Snake skin is sometimes used for shoes and handbags.
Gills

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A decapitated​ head of a snake can still do what?
Talk
Think
Bite
The decapitated head of a snake can still bite! Just know: if you cut its head off you still need to stay away.

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Snakes are what sort of eaters?
Vegans
Vegetarians
Carnivores
Snakes are actually carnivores. That means that they're meat eaters. Keep snakes away from small children.

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What is the term for a snake squeezing its prey?
Constriction
Constriction is how snakes suffocate their prey and/or restrict blood flow. This is done by the boa constrictor, for one.
Mortification
The Death Grasp

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Snakes smell with their what?
Eyes
Noses
Tongues
Snakes actually smell with their tongues! They have those scary forked tongues that dart in and out.

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Which of these is a water snake?
Anaconda
The anaconda can hold its breath for up to 10 minutes under water. It also has special hunting skills while it's submerged.
Rattler
Viper

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How do snakes sleep?
They need a pillow
They keep their eyes open
Snakes actually keep their eyes open when they sleep. That's incredibly, indescribably creepy.
They flip upside down

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Are there two-headed snakes?
No, it's just myth
Yes, they're quite popular
Yes, but they're rare
There are two-headed snakes, but they're quite rare. They're also entirely creepy.

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A snake's teeth point which direction?
Forward
To the side
Backward
A snake's teeth actually point backward. This is to prevent prey from escaping! Some snakes have over 200 teeth.

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On average, snakes usually live how many years?
1-2
4-25
Snakes can live 25 to 30 years, on average. This largely depends upon the breed of snake.
50-100

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Do snakes chew food?
No
Snakes do not chew food. They swallow it whole! There have been snakes that have swallowed an entire person.
Yes
Depends on what they're ingesting

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Where do anacondas call home?
South America
Anacondas are exceptionally large snakes that live in South America. Green anacondas can reach up to 29 feet long!
Africa
New Jersey

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How many meals do snakes need to eat in a year to be healthy?
365
200-1,000
6-100
Snakes only need to eat 6-100 meals in a year to be healthy, depending on the type. Imagine how much easier our lives would be if that were the same for us.

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What percentage of snakes are predators?
100%
All snakes are predators! There are more than 3,000 species of them on the earth.
50%
25%

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Can venomous snakes commit suicide?
Hell no!
I hope not
Yes
Venemous snakes can actually bite themselves and die! Whether or not they do it on purpose, only God knows.

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What is the world's longest venomous snake?
Anaconda
King cobra
The king cobra is the world's longest venomous snake. It can grow up to 18 feet in length.
Taipan

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When do snakes stop growing?
After 1 year
After 10 years
They don't
Snakes actually never stop growing. The rate slows down, but they continue to get larger.

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Snakes evolved from what?
Lizards
Snakes actually evolved from lizards, 100 million years ago. They used to have four legs!
Dinosaurs
Humans

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What is the world's most venomous snake?
Inland taipan
The inland taipan is the world's most venomous snake. In reality, it is said to be a shy, rather reserved snake. Thank heavens.
Brown snake
Garden snake

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How many times per year does a snake shed its skin?
Once
Twice
Multiple
A snake will actually shed its skin multiple times per year. This process usually lasts for a couple of days to two weeks.

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Do snakes blink?
Yes
Only once a week
No
Snakes cannot blink because they don't have eyelids! That's why they have that devilish stare.

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Are there flying snakes?
Hell no!
I hope not
Yes
In truth, there are flying snakes - sort of. They actually just free fall.

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Snakes can eat prey that is how big?
Bigger than their heads
Snakes can actually eat prey bigger than their heads! This is because they have flexible jaws.
The size of their jaws
Half of their body circumference

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Do snakes give birth to live young?
Never
All snakes give birth to live young
Some do
Most snakes lay eggs, but some give birth to live young. Rattlesnakes and garter snakes, for example, have live babies.

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Which of these is among the world's most venomous snakes?
Inland taipan
Tiger snake
Eastern brown snake
All of the above
These are all some of the world's most venomous snakes. The list also includes the black tiger snake and the coastal taipan snake.

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Throughout​ history, how have people thought about snakes?
With disdain
As symbols
The snake has always had a lot of cultural meaning. The Egyptians thought the snake was quite royal, while in Hinduism it represents mortality and rebirth.
With disregard

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Which is the most intelligent snake?
King cobra
The king cobra is considered to be the most intelligent snake. This species protects its young, unlike most other snakes.
Python
Boa

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The rattle of rattlesnakes is made of what?
Bone
Keratin
Rattles are made of keratin, as are human hair and nails. Whenever the snake sheds its skin it gets a new ring on its rattle!
Scales

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Where do snakes NOT reside?
Ireland
Iceland
New Zealand
All of the above
Snakes actually live on every continent! But they don't live in Ireland, Iceland, New Zealand, or the North and South Poles.

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How long will a snake have its fangs?
One day
One year
Mere weeks
A snake will really only have its fangs for 6-10 weeks. Once it loses them, it grows new ones.

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How many snake species in the world can kill a human with one bite?
2
10
250
There are actually 250 species of snake that can kill a human with one bite. There are a total of 725 species of venomous snake.

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Which are the longest snakes in the world?
Pythons
Pythons are the longest snakes in the world. They can grow up to 28 feet long.
Anacondas
Rattlesnakes

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Where are a snake's ears?
Outside their bodies
Inside their bodies
Snakes have internal ears. Snakes used for snake charming respond to movement and not sound.
They have no ears

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What do snakes use to ward off predators?
Spray
Spit
Poop
Snake poop actually smells bad! This wards off predators. There are some humans in New York City that do this too.

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Why do humans fear snakes?
We're taught to
We're predisposed
We're actually predisposed to fear snakes, according to scientists. In fact, fearing snakes is a good idea.
Because of ignorance

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