How Much Do You Think You Know About Snakes?

By: Talin Vartanian

How Much Do You Think You Know About Snakes?
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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.
They don't eat at all.

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Snakes use their ______ to smell things.
Eyes
Fangs
Tongue
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."
Scales

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Which of these snakes is venomous?
Common sand boa
Green tree python
Copperhead
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.
Milk snake

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Which of these snakes are NOT great as house pets?
California kingsnake
Corn snake
Ball python
Black mamba
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.

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Snakes belong to which of these animal classes?
Annelida
Reptilia
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.
Osteichthyes
Gnathostomata

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Which of these best describes an anaconda?
Venomous
Non-venomous
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.
Omnivore
Herbivore

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One of the most common snakes in the US is the...?
Lebanon viper
Louisiana pinesnake
Common garter snake
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

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The _______ _________ has the longest fangs in the world.
Green anaconda
Milk snake
Four-lined snake
Gaboon viper
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.

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Which of the following best describes snakes?
They are all venomous.
They are amphibians.
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.

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Snake soup is popular in which of these cultures?
Swedish
Irish
American
Chinese
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.

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Which of these snakes is endangered?
Lebanon viper
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.
Garter snake
Cottonmouth
Kingsnake

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Which state in the US has no venomous snakes?
Alaska
Believe it or not, there are actually no venomous snakes in Alaska. Maybe the venom freezes?
Illinois
Idaho
Florida

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Which of these best describes a snake?
Carnivore
A carnivore is a creature that only eats meat/other animals. Snakes also love to eat animals like birds, frogs and insects.
Omnivore
Herbivore
Extinct

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Which of these snakes belongs to the Loxocemidae family?
Rainbow boa
Reticulated python
Mexican burrowing snake
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.
Sand boa

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What makes the eyelash viper unique?
It has many different subspecies.
It's a herbivore.
It's non-venomous.
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.

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The ___________ __________ is the world's longest snake.
Reticulated python
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!
Gaboon viper
Elephant trunk snake
Eyelash viper

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When a snake sheds its skin, what is this process called?
Molting
Molting is the process of a snake shedding the outer layer of its skin. This occurs several times per year.
Melting
Growing
Falling

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The _______ ________ is the shortest and smallest snake in the world.
Thread snake
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.
Cottonmouth
Inland taipan
Gloydius blomhoffii

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John George Children had which of these snakes named after him?
Children's python
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.
Spotted python
Pygmy python
Bismarck ringed python

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Which of these snakes is very rare?
Ring-necked snake
Corn snake
St. Lucia racer snake
The St. Lucia racer snake is actually quite rare, and is only found within the coast of St. Lucia. They are also non-venomous.
Northern water snake

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Which of these countries has snakes?
Iceland
Newfoundland
Ireland
Ethiopia
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.

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Which of these best describes snakes?
They have eyelids.
They have no eyelids.
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.

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What is the fastest snake in the world?
Many-banded krait
Gaboon viper
Black mamba
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."
Tiger snake

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Which of these snakes is NOT a sea snake?
Black-banded sea krait
Yellow-lipped sea krait
Olive sea snake
Boomslang
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.

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"Oxyuranus microlepidotus" is the scientific name for which of these snakes?
Gaboon viper
Inland taipan
The Inland taipan bears the scientific name "Oxyuranus microlepidotus." It's also a venomous snake that belongs to the 'Oxyuranus' genus.
Black mamba
Anaconda

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Which of these snakes is NOT venomous?
Boomslang
Indian cobra
Mamushi
Northern water snake
The Northern water snake is a non-venomous snake that loves to live in wet environments. They also possess dull brown and gray colors.

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Which of these countries has no snakes?
New Zealand
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.
India
United States
Japan

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Which of these snakes belongs to the boa family?
Pit viper
Ball Python
Emerald tree boa
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.
Inland taipan

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How many species of snakes are in the world?
4000
2000
1000
3000
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.

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Which of these snakes is known for its beautiful geometric scales?
Asian vine snake
The Asian vine snake features beautiful geometric scales that consist of white, green and black colors. These snakes also have a pointed head.
Black mamba
Rough green snake
Thread snake

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Which of these snakes is NOT found in the United States?
Eastern diamondback rattlesnake
Pygmy rattlesnake
Tiger snake
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.
Massasauga

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Which of these snakes is extinct?
Common krait
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."
Timber rattlesnake
Bitis arietans

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Which of these snakes builds a nest?
Python
King cobra
The king cobra builds its own nest, which is used to hatch eggs. The scientific name for this snake is also "Ophiophagus hannah."
Corn snake
California kingsnake

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On average, how long do snakes sleep?
2 hours per day
12 hours per day
16 hours per day
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.
Snakes don't sleep.

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Which of these snakes does not lay eggs?
Emerald tree boa
The emerald tree boa gives birth to its young, rather than laying eggs. Rattlesnakes and anacondas also don't lay eggs.
King cobra
Corn snake
Black mamba

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