Only 1 in 30 People Can Name All of These Venomous Animals from an Image. Can You?

ANIMALS

Khadija Leon

7 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

The world in which we live can be a very dangerous place, not only because of vehicular accidents and crime but because of the many animals and organisms that surround us. While most of the creatures only strike because they feel threatened, there are some that will attack at the first sign of movement. 

Many of the different venoms contain neurotoxins, cardiotoxins, hemotoxins and mycotoxins that cause symptoms such as dizziness, extreme swelling and pain, paralysis, internal bleeding, cardiac arrest, respiratory failure and in some cases, death.

The word venomous is often mistaken for poisonous probably because they have similar effects, but the two are different based on the mechanisms of delivery. Venomous creatures need to bite, sting, or stab its victims while poisonous animals need to be either ingested or touched to feel its effects.

Most people know about the Portuguese man o' war, the box jellyfish, the king cobra and the black mamba, but how many others do you know? If you were given a picture, would you be able to identify them or tell us where in the world these animals are found? The only way to find out just how much you know is to take this quiz!

What is the name of this venomous animal?

Box jellyfish are an Australian species of jellyfish ​known for being the most venomous creature in the world. The stings from this creature can manifest symptoms as mild as pain, to extreme as paralysis, delirium, shock and cardiac arrest in a matter of minutes.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Gila monster is a venomous lizard found in parts of Mexico and the southwestern United States. The venom is found in the animal’s salivary glands and is not fatal to healthy adults, but can cause a rapid drop in blood pressure, pain and swelling in people who have been bitten.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Pterois, better known as the lionfish, is a marine fish characterized by its spiky fin rays which also happen to be venomous. The invasive species is found in the waters of the Caribbean, Atlantic and Mediterranean, and is known for causing systemic effects and death in people who have weak immune systems.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

Black widow spiders are found in temperate regions of the world. They have a distinctive hourglass-shaped marking on their abdomen. Their ​venom is said to be 15 times stronger than a rattlesnake’s but is not as fatal as many people think. Most people only experience muscle aches and difficulty breathing.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The King cobra, which is also known as the hamadryad, is a Southeast Asian species of snakes and is known as the world’s longest venomous snake, exceeding lengths of 13 feet. Its venom contains a powerful neurotoxin which is capable of causing paralysis, blurred vision and if it progresses, paralysis and respiratory failure.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The saw scaled viper is a venomous snake found in the rocky terrains of Central Asia, Indian subcontinents and the Middle East. Local symptoms include swelling and blisters, but if it progresses, it can lead to acute renal failure and disseminated intravascular coagulation.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

​The Conus marmoreus, simply called the marbled cone, is a predatory sea snail known for its distinctive cone shell shape. It uses its venom to hunt prey. Just one drop of its venom can kill 20 adult humans. It takes a few days for the onset of symptoms which can range from numbness and tingling to paralysis and respiratory failure.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

Russell’s viper is a species of venomous snakes which are found in many parts of Asia. Named after herpetologist Patrick Russell, this aggressive snake is known for causing the most snakebites in the region and can cause its victim to bleed within the first 30 minutes of the bite.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The duck-billed platypus is a semiaquatic mammal endemic to parts of Australia. The males have spurs in their hind feet that deliver its venom, and although it is not fatal to humans, it does cause severe pain.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The katipo is a species of spiders that are native to New Zealand and come from the same genus as the American black widow spider. Its bites are venomous to humans and although they are rare, it is capable of causing latrodectism, a condition that​ leads to muscle rigidity, pain, vomiting and sweating.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Tiger Snake is a venomous snake found in Australia, Tasmania and a few of the coastal islands. Throughout a ten-year span from 2005 to 2015, there were 119 confirmed bites, with four people dying as a result. Symptoms can range from tingling and sweating to paralysis and difficulty breathing.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

Coral snakes include more than 70 species of snakes that are mostly found in the United States. Their name refers to their scale pattern as seen in the red, yellow and black banding. The New World coral snakes possess a very potent venom that contains a neurotoxin capable of paralyzing a person’s breathing muscles.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Blue-ringed octopus is a venomous species of octopus found in coral reefs and tide pools in the Indian and Pacific oceans from Australia to Japan. Despite their small size, they are the most venomous marine mammals whose painless bites prompt respiratory distress and paralysis in its victims.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Eastern diamondback rattlesnake is a viper found in the southeastern regions of the United States. It is thought to be the most venomous snake in North America and is capable of causing hemorrhagic activity and cardiac failure in some of its victims.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Deathstalker scorpion, sometimes called the Israeli or Palestine yellow scorpion, is a species of scorpions found in the scrublands of the Middles East and North Africa. Its venom contains at least three types of neurotoxins capable of causing convulsions, paralysis and death.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

Stonefishes are a genus of fish that are all venomous and are found in both the coastal waters of the Indo-Pacific Ocean and in a few rivers in those countries. The amount of venom that is released is proportional to the amount of pressure that is applied when someone steps on it.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Jararaca is a pit viper which is endemic to South America. A bite from this snake can cause swelling, systemic bleeding and can progress to renal failure. The snake is most famous because a component in its venom is used to develop ACE Inhibitors, drugs used to treat congestive heart failure and hypertension.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Irukandji jellyfish is a type of box jellyfish which are approximately 1 cm3 in size, making it the smallest jellyfish in the world. They are found in the northern waters of Australia and when they sting their victims, it leads to​ Irukandji syndrome which causes muscle cramps, burning sensations and vomiting that can last for weeks.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Mexican beaded lizard is one of two venomous beaded lizards. It is found in Mexico and parts of Guatemala. The venom is found in its saliva and has caused respiratory failure in very rare cases. In recent years, the venom has been found to contain enzymes useful in treating diabetes.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The redback spider is a species of venomous spiders found in Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia. They inject their venom into their prey and soon after, they wrap them in silk then suck out the liquified insides. In humans, it is mostly the females who do the biting and they can cause muscle rigidity, pain, swelling and on rare occasions, coma, pulmonary edema and death.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

Catfish are a ray-finned fish that have barbels that resemble cat’ whiskers, giving them their name. The fish, which is eaten all over the world, has venom glands located along its bony spines near its fins which ​are used to stab predators when they feel threatened.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Fat-tailed scorpion is one of the most dangerous scorpion species and is found in many regions of the Middle East and Africa. The Black tailed scorpion’s neurotoxic venom is fast acting and can cause death in less than 15 hours.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

​The Aipysurus duboisii, better known as the Dubois sea snake or reef shallow sea snake, is a venomous snake found in waters as deep as 260 feet around Australia, Papua New Guinea and New Caledonia. Symptoms from their bites range from difficulty swallowing to paralysis and death.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Blue spotted ribbontail ray is a stingray found near the shores and reefs in tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific o​ceans. The ray got its name because of its distinctive blue spots and is known for having venomous tail spines.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Brazilian wandering spider, sometimes called the banana spider, is a venomous spider that belongs to the ctenidia​ family (also poisonous) and is mainly found in tropical regions of South America. Apart from being a potent neurotoxin, this venom also causes a condition called priapism, and is now being studied for uses in erectile dysfunction.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Inland Taipan, sometimes called the western taipan, is one of the most venomous snakes in the world and is endemic to remote regions of Australia. It has been estimated that one bite from this reptile can kill a minimum of 100 grown men in less than an hour.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Mulga snake, also called the king brown snake, is a long venomous snake found in Australia. The adult snakes grow between 6 and 9 feet in length and are known for the mycotoxin in their​ venom, and although it is not very potent, death can occur if it is left untreated.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Indian cobra, also called the spectacled cobra, is a species of snakes found in the Indian subcontinents. It is another member of the “big four species.” Its venom contains cardio and neuro toxins capable of causing cardiac arrest and respiratory failure.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The black mamba is a venomous snake endemic to sub-Saharan Africa regions. These snakes grow to over 7 feet in length and some have been reported to exceed 14 feet. The black mamba is capable of moving at least 6.5 mph and although its venom is deadly, it can also be used as an analgesic.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Brown Recluse is one of the most medically significant venomous spider found in many parts of North America. In some people, the bites cause hemolysis, which is the bursting of red blood cells and can cause organ damage and death.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The western green mamba, sometimes called the Hallowell’s green mamba, is a long arboreal venomous snake found in parts of West Africa. Its venom contains neurotoxins, cardiotoxins and fasciculins which lead to low blood pressure, ataxia and paralysis. Although bites are rare, most of them are rapidly fatal.​

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Common Krait is a species of venomous snakes which is a member of the “big four” species (known for causing the most medically significant bites). It is found in the jungles of Indian subcontinents and is known for causing muscle paralysis and death by respiratory failure in people.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Hottentotta Tamulis​, better known as the Indian red scorpion, is a species of animal found in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The bite from these animals has a reported fatality rate of 40 percent, most of its victims being children.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Australian Funnel-web spider is a subfamily of spiders, all of which are found in Australia. Quite a few species produce venom that is dangerous to humans and symptoms range from intense pain to pulmonary edema and increased intracranial pressure in late stages.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The boomslang is a large tree-dwelling venomous snake found in regions of sub-Saharan Africa. When biting, these snakes are able to open their jaws to 170 degrees and the toxins in the venom is able to deactivate clotting factors, causing excessive internal and external bleeding.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The coastal or common taipan is a species of venomous snakes found in the coastal regions of Australia and New Guinea. It is said to be the third-most venomous land snake on the planet and possesses a toxin that affects both the central nervous system and the blood’s ability to clot.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The missulena, sometimes called the mouse spider, is a genus of spiders endemic to Australia. These spiders have a distinctive appearance as their carapaces have a glossy look to them​. Although bites are rare, they can be fatal and the venom from another Australian spider has proven effective for these types of bites.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Portuguese man o’ war, sometimes called the floating terror, is a marine hydrozoan which is found in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It has long tentacles that deliver an extremely painful sting that can be fatal in some people.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The slow lorises are a species found in Southeast Asian countries. These animals have a toxin found in their saliva, with which they coat their young as protection. As their name implies, they move very slowly but their venom can kill humans who are allergic to the toxin.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Yellow-bellied sea snake is a species of snakes found in tropical oceans around the world with the exception of the Atlantic Ocean. It is so named because the underside (or belly) of the snake is bright yellow. Its venom is known to cause damage to the skeletal muscles and, in some cases, the kidneys.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The beaked sea snake is a venomous sea snake found throughout the tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans. The venom contains both myotoxins and neurotoxins and less than 2 milligrams can kill just over 20 people.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Eurasian water shrew is a mammal known for hunting aquatic prey by trapping air bubbles in its fur. This shrew, like many others, has venomous saliva but has never been reported to bite humans or larger animals.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The Cuban solenodon is a species of venomous nocturnal mammals that are only found in Cuba. These animals, which were thought to be extinct, contain venom in their salivary glands which they use on their prey.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

Fire ants are a type of stinging ant which found all over the world. The venom from these animals contains an alkaloid which can cause anaphylaxis in people allergic to it. In those who are not allergic, it causes swelling, irritation and pain.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

Rattlesnakes are a group of venomous snakes found in regions of America, Argentina and Canada. They are so-named because they have a rattle at the end of their tail which they use to deter predators. The venom contains hemotoxins and neurotoxins that can cause severe paralysis and necrosis.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

Centipedes are venomous multi-legged arthropods found all over the world. The number of legs ranges from 30 to 354. These animals are known for biting their victims,​ then injecting venom into the wound. It causes pain and swelling in most humans and can cause an allergic reaction in others.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

​The eastern brown snake, also called the common brown snake, is considered to be the second most venomous land snake in the world. Found in Australia and New Guinea, the venom is said to cause dizziness, diarrhea, convulsions and if progressed, cardiac arrest in the people bitten by it.

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What is the name of this venomous animal?

The monocled cobra is a species of cobras found in the southern parts of Asia. It has the highest fatality caused by snake venom in Thailand and a bite from this cobra leads to​ flaccid paralysis and death by respiratory failure if not treated.

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