How Much Do You Think You Know About Snakes?
By: Talin Vartanian
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About This Quiz
Snakes are found throughout many countries in our world, and can be either venomous or non-venomous. In this quiz, we'll take a look at 35 facts about snakes that will test your knowledge on these awesome reptiles!
Let's look at some facts about snakes that you have probably never heard of. Did you know that snakes actually don't have any eyelids? This means that when snakes go to sleep, they have to keep their eyes open. Snakes also don't chew their food; they actually swallow it in its "whole" state. Its fangs are also used to deposit venom into its victims (if it's venomous), and "curl back" in its mouth to prevent the animal from getting out. Some snakes have dull brown and gray colors, while others have geometric patterns, rainbow colors and even "eyelashes." The eyelash viper actually looks like it has eyelashes above its eyes, and comes in a variety of bright and vivid colors. Snakes are cold-blooded reptiles, which means that they can adapt well to a variety of warm and cold environments. Snakes also only eat other animals, like lizards and mice, since they are carnivorous. Now that you know a thing or two about snakes, let's get started on this 35-question snake quiz!
How do snakes eat their food?
They absorb food through their scales.
They swallow their food without chewing.
Snakes don't chew food. Instead, they swallow their prey in its "whole" state, using their fangs to prevent the victim from getting out.
They chew first, then swallow.
Snakes use their ______ to smell things.
Believe it or not, snakes actually use their tongues to smell all kinds of things. This is often done by flicking their tongue to pick up "scents."
Which of these snakes is venomous?
The copperhead is a venomous snake that resides in various parts of the United States. These snakes also love to eat other mammals and reptiles.
Which of these snakes are NOT great as house pets?
Don't get a black mamba as a house pet, as it's one of the most dangerous snakes in the world. The other snakes on the list make great house pets, and are relatively inexpensive to buy.
Snakes belong to which of these animal classes?
The Reptilia class consists of a variety of reptiles, such as snakes, lizards and turtles. This type of animal class also consists of extinct creatures, like the rhynchosaur and the choristodera.
Which of these best describes an anaconda?
Anacondas are actually non-venomous snakes that primarily reside in South America. These snakes are also very long in length, with some anacondas growing up to 16 feet.
One of the most common snakes in the US is the...?
As its name implies, the common garter snake is quite common throughout the United States. Its scientific name is "Thamnophis sirtalis."
San Francisco garter snake
The _______ _________ has the longest fangs in the world.
The longest fangs in the world belongs to the gaboon viper, which measures out to 2 inches in length. The gaboon viper also resides in various parts of Africa.
Which of the following best describes snakes?
They are cold-blooded creatures.
Snakes are cold-blooded creatures, which means that their body temperature can adapt to a variety of environments. They are also considered to be reptiles.
They are warm-blooded creatures.
Snake soup is popular in which of these cultures?
Snake soup is popular in Chinese culture, and is considered to be a type of comfort food. The skin of the snake is not typically used for this.
Which of these snakes is endangered?
The Lebanon viper is currently an endangered snake that resides in Lebanon, as well as Israel. It can also be found in mountain areas and belongs to the 'Montivipera' genus.
Which state in the US has no venomous snakes?
Believe it or not, there are actually no venomous snakes in Alaska. Maybe the venom freezes?
Which of these best describes a snake?
A carnivore is a creature that only eats meat/other animals. Snakes also love to eat animals like birds, frogs and insects.
Which of these snakes belongs to the Loxocemidae family?
The Mexican burrowing snake belongs to the Loxocemidae family, and can be found in various parts of Central America. It also loves to eat all kinds of small creatures, like mice and lizards.
What makes the eyelash viper unique?
It has many different subspecies.
It looks like it has eyelashes.
An eyelash viper is unique because it looks like it has eyelashes! These snakes also come in a wide range of bright colors, including yellow, green and red.
The ___________ __________ is the world's longest snake.
The reticulated python is the world's longest snake (in captivity) and measures out to just over 25 feet in length. It also has a name - Medusa!
When a snake sheds its skin, what is this process called?
Molting is the process of a snake shedding the outer layer of its skin. This occurs several times per year.
The _______ ________ is the shortest and smallest snake in the world.
The thread snake is very small in size, and measures to about 4 inches. It is also very thin in width, and often looks like a long earthworm.
John George Children had which of these snakes named after him?
John George Children contributed immensely to the zoology and mineralogy fields of our world. Because of this, the Children's python bears his last name.
Which of these snakes is very rare?
The St. Lucia racer snake is actually quite rare, and is only found within the coast of St. Lucia. They are also non-venomous.
Which of these countries has snakes?
The majority of countries in our world contain snakes, and Ethiopia is one of them. Countries like Ireland, Iceland and Newfoundland don't have any snakes at all.
Which of these best describes snakes?
Snakes actually don't have any eyelids, so they can't blink or close their eyes at all! Luckily, their eyes are protected with a layer called "brille."
They sleep with their eyes closed.
They smell with their eyes.
What is the fastest snake in the world?
The black mamba is one of the most dangerous snakes in the world, as well as the fastest. It resides in Africa, and bears the scientific name "Dendroaspis polylepis."
Which of these snakes is NOT a sea snake?
The boomslang is a type of tree snake that is venomous and comes in a variety of colors. Some of these includes green, brown and yellow.
"Oxyuranus microlepidotus" is the scientific name for which of these snakes?
The Inland taipan bears the scientific name "Oxyuranus microlepidotus." It's also a venomous snake that belongs to the 'Oxyuranus' genus.
Which of these snakes is NOT venomous?
The Northern water snake is a non-venomous snake that loves to live in wet environments. They also possess dull brown and gray colors.
Which of these countries has no snakes?
Believe it or not, there are no snakes in New Zealand, but there are a wide variety of lizards. Antarctica and Iceland also don't have any snakes.
Which of these snakes belongs to the boa family?
The emerald tree boa belongs to the boa family, and loves to live in trees. These snakes can also be found throughout tropical parts of South America.
How many species of snakes are in the world?
There are 3,000 species of snakes in our world, and most of them are non-venomous. Some species includes the bullsnake and the copperhead.
Which of these snakes is known for its beautiful geometric scales?
The Asian vine snake features beautiful geometric scales that consist of white, green and black colors. These snakes also have a pointed head.
Which of these snakes is NOT found in the United States?
Eastern diamondback rattlesnake
Tiger snakes are actually found in Australia, and bear the scientific name "Notechis scutatus." There are also different types of tiger snakes, like the black tiger snake and the mainland tiger snake.
Which of these snakes is extinct?
Round island burrowing boa
The round island burrowing boa is an extinct snake that belonged to the 'Bolyeria' genus. It also had the scientific name "Bolyeria multocarinata."
Which of these snakes builds a nest?
The king cobra builds its own nest, which is used to hatch eggs. The scientific name for this snake is also "Ophiophagus hannah."
On average, how long do snakes sleep?
Snakes actually sleep between 16 and 20 hours per day, depending on if they've eaten or not. Since snakes don't have eyelids, they sleep with their eyes open.
Which of these snakes does not lay eggs?
The emerald tree boa gives birth to its young, rather than laying eggs. Rattlesnakes and anacondas also don't lay eggs.
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