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 scales. The scales are actually quite beautiful. Snake skin is sometimes used for shoes and handbags.
The decapitated head of a snake can still bite! Just know: if you cut its head off you still need to stay away.
Snakes are actually carnivores. That means that they're meat eaters. Keep snakes away from small children.
Constriction is how snakes suffocate their prey and/or restrict blood flow. This is done by the boa constrictor, for one.
Snakes actually smell with their tongues! They have those scary forked tongues that dart in and out.
The anaconda can hold its breath for up to 10 minutes under water. It also has special hunting skills while it's submerged.
Snakes actually keep their eyes open when they sleep. That's incredibly, indescribably creepy.
There are two-headed snakes, but they're quite rare. They're also entirely creepy.
A snake's teeth actually point backward. This is to prevent prey from escaping! Some snakes have over 200 teeth.
Snakes can live 25 to 30 years, on average. This largely depends upon the breed of snake.
Snakes do not chew food. They swallow it whole! There have been snakes that have swallowed an entire person.
Anacondas are exceptionally large snakes that live in South America. Green anacondas can reach up to 29 feet long!
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.
All snakes are predators! There are more than 3,000 species of them on the earth.
Venemous snakes can actually bite themselves and die! Whether or not they do it on purpose, only God knows.
The king cobra is the world's longest venomous snake. It can grow up to 18 feet in length.
Snakes actually never stop growing. The rate slows down, but they continue to get larger.
Snakes actually evolved from lizards, 100 million years ago. They used to have four legs!
The inland taipan is the world's most venomous snake. In reality, it is said to be a shy, rather reserved snake. Thank heavens.
A snake will actually shed its skin multiple times per year. This process usually lasts for a couple of days to two weeks.
Snakes cannot blink because they don't have eyelids! That's why they have that devilish stare.
In truth, there are flying snakes - sort of. They actually just free fall.
Snakes can actually eat prey bigger than their heads! This is because they have flexible jaws.
Most snakes lay eggs, but some give birth to live young. Rattlesnakes and garter snakes, for example, have live babies.
These are all some of the world's most venomous snakes. The list also includes the black tiger snake and the coastal taipan snake.
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.
The king cobra is considered to be the most intelligent snake. This species protects its young, unlike most other snakes.
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!
Snakes actually live on every continent! But they don't live in Ireland, Iceland, New Zealand, or the North and South Poles.
A snake will really only have its fangs for 6-10 weeks. Once it loses them, it grows new ones.
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.
Pythons are the longest snakes in the world. They can grow up to 28 feet long.
Snakes have internal ears. Snakes used for snake charming respond to movement and not sound.
Snake poop actually smells bad! This wards off predators. There are some humans in New York City that do this too.
We're actually predisposed to fear snakes, according to scientists. In fact, fearing snakes is a good idea.