Quiz: There Are Over 600 Species of Venomous Snakes — We’ll Be Impressed if You Can Name 40!: HowStuffWorks
There Are Over 600 Species of Venomous Snakes — We’ll Be Impressed if You Can Name 40!
By: Jacqueline Samaroo
7 Min Quiz
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About This Quiz
Don't slither away, these questions aren't that scary!
One of the things people fear most about snakes is being poisoned. While this is a somewhat valid fear to have (especially in some parts of the world), the fact remains that the vast majority of snakes alive today are nonvenomous—these snakes either constrict their foes or swallow them whole. Regardless, every year there are millions of reported cases of envenomings as a result of snake bites. These bites usually result in pain and paralysis, but in extreme cases death can occur. In fact, some of the deadliest venomous snakes in the world (like the inland taipan) can cause a fully grown adult to die in less than an hour if the bite is left untreated.
In this quiz, we've sorted through the hundreds of venomous snakes in the world and selected only the best of the best. These are some of the deadliest, most notable, or just the strangest venomous snakes from all of the corners of the world. So, do you think that you have what it takes to outsmart these deadly questions? Then let's jump right in and get started.
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Which of these is the longest venomous snake in the world?
Although it is one of the most iconic snakes to have the title of "cobra," the king cobra is not actually a part of the genus Naja. The king cobra also holds the distinction of being the world's longest venomous snake species and on average they can reach up to 13 feet long.
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What is the name of this water-loving snake from the Pacific that is active at night?
As its name suggests, the black-banded sea krait spends most of its time underwater, venturing on land only to lay eggs. In some of the regions where it makes its home, this snake is simply referred to as the Chinese sea snake.
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Do you know the name of the tree-loving venomous snake from West Africa?
The western green mamba is a relatively nimble species of snake that is more at home in trees than on the ground. While its venom is extremely fast-acting and deadly, interaction between this snake and humans is rare because of its relatively shy nature.
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This venomous snake is responsible for a large amount of the snake bites in India, what is its name?
The spectacled cobra is also widely known as the Indian cobra, a name that is a direct reference to the Indian subcontinent where it primarily makes its home. It is notable for being one of the most significant animals in Indian mythology.
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Most of the bites that come from aquatic snakes are caused by what species?
The beaked sea snake is notably responsible for well over half of all sea snake bites in the world. This relatively aggressive elapid is also known as the common sea snake in some regions.
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What is the name of the beautiful black and yellow snake that makes its home in South Asia?
The banded krait gets its name from its prominent coloration, which features alternating black and yellow bands. The length of the banded krait averages between 4 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 11 inches, making it one of the longest kraits in the world.
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Do you know the venomous North American snake that shares its name with a big cat?
The tiger rattlesnake gets its name from the striped pattern that covers its entire body. Its native habitat straddles the border between the United States and Mexico, specifically in Arizona and Sonora.
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Which shy venomous snake makes its home primarily in East Africa?
Like its cousin, the western green mamba, the eastern green mamba spends most of its time in trees. Although it is fast and can chase down prey, the eastern green mamba is not usually an active hunter, preferring to lie in wait to ambush its prey.
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The most venomous snake in the world goes by what name?
As its name suggests, the inland taipan has a geographical range that spans the inland regions of central-east Australia. It holds the distinction of being the most venomous snake in the world; however, its relatively shy nature means it is not considered to be the most dangerous.
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Southeast Asia is home to which striped venomous snake?
The Taiwanese krait is a venomous snake that makes its home in the marshy ares of Southeast Asia and southern China. The Taiwanese krait is also known in some regions as the Chinese krait or the many-banded krait.
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What is the name of the snake-eating venomous snake that is found in South Asia?
The Indian krait is a species of snake that is prevalent throughout the Indian subcontinent, a fact that has often led to it being simply referred to as the common krait. In India, there are four snake species that are responsible for the vast majority of snakebites on humans and the common krait is without a doubt the most prevalent offender.
This aquatic snake that loves shallow waters goes by what name?
The annulated sea snake is a species of aquatic snake that makes its home throughout the Indian Ocean and also throughout the waters of the Western Pacific Ocean. It primarily makes its home in somewhat shallow coastal waters, where it feeds on invertebrates, eels, and other relatively small fish.
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Do you know the name of the African snake that looks like a cobra but isn't actually one?
The rinkhals is a species of venomous snake that makes its home in the southern reaches of Africa. While the rinkhals is not actually a true cobra it is often referred to as the ring-necked spitting cobra because of its appearance.
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The highly venomous but shy snake from the southwest reaches of Australia goes by what name?
Dugites are not particularly aggressive around humans; however, they are often found living close to human settlements. The dugite's venom can be fatal to humans, with victims experiencing swelling, intense pain, and eventually death if the bite is left untreated.
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What is the name of this South Asian snake that loves cool mountainous areas?
Fea's viper is often thought to be one of the most primitive vipers that is still alive to this day. It can be found throughout Southeast Asia, primarily in Tibet, Vietnam, and Southern China.
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A desert in California shares its name with which venomous snake?
While the Mojave rattlesnake shares its name with the Mojave Desert in California, its range extends further south into a large portion of Mexico as well. It holds the distinction of having the most potent rattlesnake venom in the world.
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This African snake is the largest member of its species in the world, what is its name?
The forest cobras can reach up to 10 feet in length, a fact that makes it the longest true cobra in the world. It is notably the 4th most venomous species of cobra in the world, having venom that can cause death within half-an-hour to two hours.
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Do you know the name of the fearsome aquatic snake from the Indo-Pacific that is primarily preyed upon by sharks?
As its name suggests, the olive-brown sea snake has adapted to be able to live underwater, only surfacing on occasion to breathe. Its diet primarily consists of fish eggs, fish, and crustaceans.
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What is the name of the Asian snake that is also known as the Taiwan cobra.
While it can sometimes be seen in some parts of Southeast Asia, the Chinese cobra primarily makes its home in southeastern China and Taiwan. The venom of the Chinese cobra can be fatal if left untreated; however, the appropriate antivenom is readily available in many areas.
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Florida is filled to the brim with which venomous snake?
The eastern coral snake makes its home in the southeastern reaches of the US, with a range that covers all of Florida and parts of the adjoining states. It is oftentimes referred to as the American cobra, even though it is not considered a true cobra.
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This deadly Australian snake is being threatened by the invasive cane toad, what is its name?
The common death adder makes its home in the eastern and southern reaches of Australia. It is not an active hunter, it instead prefers to wait and ambush passing prey.
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What is the name of the "exquisite" aquatic snake that lives off the coast of Australia?
This aquatic snake species makes its home in relatively shallow waters off the coast of Australia. On average they can grow to a length of about 6 and a half feet, but one was found to be over 8 feet long.
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Which venomous Australian snake shares its name with an American snake?
The lowland copperhead can pose a significant threat to human life if it feels threatened, since its venom can potentially cause death if left untreated for even a short amount of time. The lowland copperhead is primarily found in Tasmania and the southeastern reaches of the Australian mainland.
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The land snake that ranks as second most venomous goes by what name?
Although it may look unassuming with its relatively dull appearance, the eastern brown snake is the runner-up for most venomous land snake. In addition, records have shown that it is the culprit behind over half of Australia's snake-bite deaths.
This Sub-Saharan snake shares its name with a river and two countries in Africa, what is its name?
As its name suggests, the Congo water cobra is well adapted to functioning in water and can usually be found hiding under bridges or among rocks. Its secondary name, Christy's water cobra, is a direct reference to the English zoologist Dr. Cuthbert Christy.
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Which of these is the second-longest venomous snake in the world?
The black mamba is a Sub-Saharan snake that has a notorious reputation in the area because of both its size and its toxicity. This African snake holds the distinction of being the runner-up for longest venomous snake in the world, being beat only by the king cobra.
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Do you know the name of this Australian snake that is not only venomous but also extremely fast as well?
The western brown snake is one of the most common snakes in Australia and it can be found throughout most of the country's regions. Although it is most at home in arid locations in the wild, the western brown snake can also sometimes be found living in urban areas as well.
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Which dangerous Australian snake shares its name with a ferocious big cat?
The mainland tiger snake primarily makes its home in Australia's southern reaches, around wetlands and coastal regions. The name of this extremely venomous snake species is a reference to its banded coloration that somewhat resemble the stripes of a tiger.
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This venomous aquatic snake, which can be found throughout most of the Indo-Pacific goes by what name?
While most snakes lay eggs when reproducing, female yellowbelly sea snakes actually go against this norm and keep the eggs within their bodies and bear live young. The range of this snake is quite extensive, being found in all tropical waters around the world except for the Atlantic Ocean.
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What is the name of the Southeast Asian snake that can launch venom at its targets at high speeds?
The Indochinese spitting cobra is a deadly venomous snake that makes its home in Southeast Asia. Its first method of attacking is usually to try and spit venom at its foe, if this fails then it will then try to bite in order to envenom its target.
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This snake is the smallest species in the "big four," what is its name?
The range of the saw-scaled viper extends from the Middle East all the way throughout the Indian subcontinent. It is also notable for being a member of the "big four" snake group, which is the group of snakes that causes the most snake bites (on humans) in the Indian subcontinent.
Which snake shares its name with an island nation in Southeast Asia?
The name of this snake describes its geographical distribution perfectly, as it can only be found in the most northerly reaches of the Philippines. The Philippine cobra is extremely venomous and is capable of spitting its venom at its adversaries at high speeds.
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What is the third-most venomous land snake in the world?
The coastal taipan makes its home in warm coastal areas throughout the southern portion of New Guinea, as well as the eastern and northern reaches of Australia. When ranking the most venomous land snakes, the coastal taipan comes in third behind the inland taipan and eastern brown snake.
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What is the common name of the North American snake whose scientific name is derived from the mythological basilisk?
As its name suggests, the primary geographic range of this snake stretches across a large portion of Mexico's west coast. The scientific name of the Mexican west coast rattlesnake (basiliscus) is a direct reference to the massive mythological serpent king, the basilisk.
Do you know the name of the extremely venomous aquatic snake that lives in coral reef flats?
One of the most notable things about the Dubois' sea snake is the fact that it holds the title of most venomous sea snake in the world. As a direct reference to its preferred habitat, this snake is sometimes referred to as the reef shallows sea snake.
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What is the name of the highly venomous spotted snake that can only be found in Australia?
The speckled brown snake has a relatively limited geographical range that primarily encompasses a significant portion of the northeastern reaches of Australia. It has, however, been known to leave its native area on occasion, and has been seen in Queensland and even as far south as South Australia.
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The highly venomous viper that is a part of the Indian big four goes by what name?
Russell's viper is native to the Indian subcontinent and most of the adjoining areas (like Southern China and parts of Southeast Asia). Its name is a direct reference to the notable Scottish herpetologist Patrick Russell.
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This deadly African snake is found primarily in South Africa, what is its name?
Its name is a reference to the fact that it is largely native to the capes of South Africa (namely the Northern Cape, Western Cape, and Eastern Cape). The Cape Cobra primarily prefers to inhabit arid locations like deserts and savannas; however, it can be found in forested areas as well.
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The relatively common Southeast Asian snake that is known for its "spectacled" appearance goes by what name?
The monocled cobra is relatively abundant in its natural habitat and it is one of the many diverse species of cobra that can be found in South and Southeast Asia. They are often hunted for their skins, but they are still not in any danger of being endangered.
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What is the name of the venomous snake that shares its name with the large lake between Asian and Europe?
Like many cobras, the Caspian cobra will generally try to avoid humans; however, it is notable for being quick to anger and very aggressive if it feels even somewhat threatened. The range of this venomous snake extends across the northern reaches of the Indian subcontinent and a significant portion of central Asia.
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