This Deadliest Snake Test Is Really Hard, So We'll Be Impressed if You Even Get 3 Right

By: Gavin Thagard

This Deadliest Snake Test Is Really Hard, So We'll Be Impressed if You Even Get 3 Right
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About This Quiz

Walk over one of these deadly snakes and your day just might be ruined by a vicious bite filled with venom that will rot your skin and stop your organs from functioning. Now, that doesn't sound like a fun day. How well do you know these deadly snakes? Could you pass a quiz on the deadliest of them? Here's your chance to find out. 

Snakes don't have a very good reputation. They have been depicted as demons and other creatures with evil intent across multiple cultures. They've been hunted and killed. They've been caught and used for torture. They've even been used as the antagonist in horror movies. So, yeah, they have a pretty rough reputation, but often, for good reason. After all, snakes are some of the deadliest creatures in the world. They kill thousands of people each year and harm many more. They are predators and even cannibals at times. For those reasons, it might be important to have as much knowledge on deadly snakes as possible. 

Are you a deadly snake expert, though? Do you know the largest snakes or the ones with the most toxic venom? If you think you do, take this quiz and prove your deadly snake knowledge! 

How is snake venom injected into prey?
Fangs
Only poisonous snakes have fangs. The size of these fangs vary, though.
Claws
Tongue
Stinger

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Where is a rattle on a rattlesnake?
The tongue
The tail
A rattlesnake uses its rattle to intimidate potential threats. However, they have been known to strike before using the rattle.
The head
The neck

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What's the best way to treat venomous snake bites?
Water
Alcohol
Suck it out
Anti-venom
Snake venom is different than poison. Poison is ingested, while venom is injected into a victim.

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Which snake is commonly used by Indian snake charmers?
Common krait
Russell's viper
Gaboon viper
Indian cobra
Indian snake charming is an ancient skill still used today. However, animal rights activists are making it more difficult for snake charmers to continue entertaining.

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Where do black mambas come from?
Europe
Africa
Black mambas are the second largest poisonous snake in the world. They can grow up to 14 feet long.
South America
Tarantino movie sets

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What shape is a rattlesnake's head?
Circular
Square
Triangular
Rattlesnakes try to camouflage themselves to avoid detection. For this reason, it's easy to come upon one without ever knowing it's there.
Rectangular​

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What is the heaviest snake in the world?
Python
Boa constrictor​
Garden snake
Anaconda
At the moment, the largest snake known to have ever existed was the titanoboa. This snake reached up to fifty feet in length.

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What is the largest venomous snake?
Copperhead
Small-eyed snake
King cobra
King cobras can grow as long as 18 feet long. They also can raise their heads almost to a person's eye level. Now, that's freaky.
Boomslang snake

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When does the common krait hunt?
Morning
Day
Afternoon
Night
Common kraits typically latch onto their victims before releasing from a bite. Their bites have about an 80% death rate if left untreated.

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What type of viper is a cottonmouth?
Fea's viper
Night adders
Pitless viper
Pit viper
Pit vipers have a heat sensor between their eyes. This allows them to stalk potential prey.

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Which snake causes the most deaths in Australia?
Rattlesnakes
Boomslang snakes
Inland taipans
Eastern brown snakes
Eastern brown snakes are not afraid to wander into urban areas. This puts them into common contact with people living in Australia.

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Which snake tries to blend in with branches on a tree?
Saw-scaled viper
Indian cobra
Russell's viper
Boomslang snakes
These snakes are brown like tree limbs. If they think they're spotted, they will sway back and forth as if the wind were blowing a limb.

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Where are copperheads found?
East Asia
Europe
North America
Copperheads are not afraid to go after larger prey. After they strike the prey, they let it go then follow it until the prey dies.
South Africa

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What is the longest snake in the world?
Python
Pythons have been known to grow up to 25 ft in length. Though they aren't poisonous, they are still quite deadly because of their size and constricting ability.
Kingsnake
Boa constrictor
King cobra

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Which snakes hunt rattlesnakes?
Kingsnakes
Kingsnakes are not poisonous snakes. Instead, they use constriction to kill their prey.
Black mambas
Eastern brown snakes
Inland taipans

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What attracts​ venomous snakes to human dwellings?
Heat
Cool air
Rodents
Many snakes have difficulty adapting to human settlements and prefer to stay out in nature. Other snakes just follow the food, which means tracking rodents into houses.
Garbage

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How do male eastern brown snakes determine who will mate?
The oldest in the group mates.
The youngest in the group mates.
They fight.
These snakes aren't afraid to fight for love. In many ways, it's more of a wrestling match, though.
The female​ decides.

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Where can you find the many-branded krait in its natural habitat?
Britain
China
The many-banded krait is typically shy and will avoid confrontation. However, if it's cornered, it will strike like most snakes.
Norway
Argentina

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What's another name for a cottonmouth?
Diamondback
Water moccasin
Water moccasins are usually between 2 and 4 ft long. This is shorter than some other venomous snakes, but their muscular bodies make them look much more intimidating.
Eastern coral snake
Coastal coral snake

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How does a coastal taipan attack ?
Bites once
Bites and latches on
Several quick strikes
The coastal taipan is the largest venomous snake in Australia. They usually reach about 6 ft in length but have been known to grow over 9 ft.
Constriction

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Which snake has the largest fangs?
Tiger snake
Gaboon viper
The gaboon vipers fangs usually reach about 4 cm in length. They use these fangs to latch onto prey until it's dead.
Common death adder
Northern water snake

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What is the only venomous water snake in North America?
Cottonmouth
Young cottonmouths have distinct bands of colors. As they age, these colors eventually fade away.
Coral snake
Diamondback
Copperhead

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Which snake is the fastest?
Boomslang snakes
Cottonmouths
Common kraits
Black mambas
Black mambas can travel up to 12 miles per hour. Their speed is more used for fleeing rather than attacking.

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Which is NOT one of the Big Four snakes of India?
Indian cobra
Common krait
Russell's viper
Inland taipan
The Big Four snakes of India are the deadliest snakes in that part of the world. They cause thousands of deaths each year.

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Where is the inland taipan located?
North America
Australia
Despite is deadly venom, the inland taipan is not an apex predator. In fact, the inland taipan is hunted by another snake, the king brown snake, which is immune to the taipan's venom.
South America
Europe

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Which snake's venom is the most lethal in the world?
Malayan krait
Beaked sea snake
Inland taipan
A single bite from an inland taipan could kill nearly 100 men. Luckily, humans rarely ever come into contact with these snakes.
Cape cobra

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In what parts of the world do most deadly snake bites occur?
Australia
Asia and Africa
In Asia and Africa, people often live in more rural areas. These areas have less access to medical care, and snake bites are much more dangerous.
North America
South America

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Which is the smallest of the Big Four snakes?
Saw-scaled viper
Saw-scaled vipers might be small, but that doesn't make them any less dangerous. These snakes are known to be quite aggressive in nature.
Indian cobra
Common krait
Russell's viper

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Which snake causes little pain from the actual bite despite releasing lethal venom?
Common krait
The bite from a common krait may feel like a mosquito bite. However, they still inject deadly venom that will kill humans if left untreated.
Rattlesnake
Cottonmouth
Gaboon viper

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Which snake is known as "the lurker" in India?
Indian cobra
Russell's viper
The Russell's viper is named after Patrick Russell. He was a Scottish herpetologist who studied Indian snakes.
Inland taipan
Copperhead

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How are Russell's vipers born?
Eggs
Live birth
Eggs hatch inside female's body
This type of birth is known as ovoviviparous. A regular litter from a Russell's viper can produce between 20 and 40 snakes.
Partially born then nurtured in female's mouth

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Which snake eats other cold-blooded animals?
Small-eyed snakes
Small-eyed snakes usually hunt at nighttime. They have been known to eat their own kind.
Eastern brown snakes
Copperheads
Rattlesnakes

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What color is the many-banded krait?
Red and white
Red and yellow
Black and white
The venom from a many-banded krait is a neurotoxin. This means the venom shuts down the nervous system, as the victim slowly dies.
Black and yellow

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Which snake causes the most deaths of any snake in the world?
Cottonmouths
Saw-scaled viper
The saw-scaled viper can be found in parts of rural Asia. Since these areas don't have regular access to health care, snake bites are much more deadly.
Anacondas
Common kraits

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What color is a black mamba?
Black
Red
Gray
Black mambas are typically a shade of gray. However, inside their mouths are black, giving them their name.
Yellow

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