What Part of the World Do These Lethal Snakes Live In?

Gavin Thagard

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Humans have struggled with snakes since the dawn of man. Throughout the centuries, these slithery creatures have both mystified and horrified us as various cultures portrayed them as evil incarnations of everything from demons to all-knowing dragons. With a bad reputation, snakes have been collected and used for torture and even murder. They have kept travelers from venturing too far at night. They have even stressed villagers out to the point they can't sleep for fear of waking up to a cold belly crawling across them. 

Not much has changed, of course. The most deadly snakes are still feared around the world and cause hundreds of deaths each year, especially in areas where medical treatment is scarce. The more that human settlement expands, the more we will encounter snakes as well. In some parts of the world, venomous snakes have already started adapting to urban settlements, but humans are still struggling to adapt themselves. 

How much do you know about the most lethal snakes and the regions on this planet they call home? Here's a quiz where you can find out if you are up for the challenge. Get started and see if you're ready for an encounter with one of these lethal creatures!

The inland taipan is the most venomous snake in the world. Do you know where it's found?

The inland taipan lives in the semi-arid parts of Australia. It's rarely encountered and can be quite shy when it is.

An elapid snake, where is the many-banded krait found?

Many-banded kraits are a black or dark blue color. They have white bands, thus the name many-banded, all the way down their bodies.

The Peron's sea snake has a spine on its head. Where is it found?

Offspring from the Peron's sea snake develop inside the body of the snake. Females usually have around 10 babies per litter.

The black mamba is the fastest moving land snake. Where is it located?

Black mambas will strike multiple times if threatened. Each strike is filled with deadly venom, making these snakes extremely dangerous.

Where is the spectacled cobra located?

Spectacled cobras are also called Indian cobras. They are known for their hoods, which they display when threatened.

The fer-de-lance is a pit viper located where?

In Costa Rica, nearly half of all snakebites come from the fer-de-lance. These snakes are hard to spot because they often hide among fallen leaves.

The common death adder is native to what region?

Death adders do not seek prey like other snakes in Australia. Instead, they are ambush predators, known for hiding until prey passes by.

One of two species of water cobras, where is the banded water cobra located?

Banded water cobras are rarely seen by humans. This is because they spend most of their time underwater and rarely venture far from a water source.

Tiger rattlesnakes are known for their aggressive nature. Where are they located?

The color of a tiger rattlesnake ranges from blue-gray to orange-brown. The color of the snake is divided by dark bands, resembling a tiger.

Where else is the Taiwan cobra located other than Taiwan?

The Taiwan cobra is not picky when it comes to food. These snakes will swallow anything that will go down their throats from fish to birds to other snakes.

Where can you find the Gaboon viper?

The Gaboon viper is the largest viper in Africa. These snakes can weigh up to 45 pounds and reach lengths of six feet.

One of the most deadly snakes each year, where is the saw-scaled viper located?

Part of the danger of a saw-scaled viper is that they live in areas near human settlements. They are also ambush predators who will camouflage themselves while waiting on prey.

The eastern brown snake is also known as the common brown snake. Where is it found?

The eastern brown snake is the second most venomous snake in the world. Even new borns can be dangerous for humans if bitten.

Where can you find the eastern diamondback rattlesnake?

The eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest known species of rattlesnake. These snakes are most common in the southeastern region of the United States.

A deadly pit viper, where is the west coast green rattlesnake located?

A bite from a west coast green rattlesnake produces a large amount of venom. Luckily, these snakes are not as aggressive as other rattlesnake species.

Known for its nasal horns, where is the rhinoceros​ viper located?

The rhinoceros viper lives in wet environments such as rainforests and swamps. These snakes can be identified by their triangular heads and the hornlike scales on their nose.

Where is the common adder found?

Common adders are the most dangerous snakes found in Europe. Since these snakes travel so far north, they will often hibernate during the winter when food is scarce.

Common in urban areas, where is the red-bellied black snake found?

The red-bellied black snake is not an aggressive snake. However, they often encounter humans living on the east coast of Australia, resulting in multiple snakebites per year.

The Samar cobra is a venomous spitting cobra. Where is it located?

The Samar cobra is dangerous both for its venomous bite and for spraying venom. The venom from these snakes can cause paralysis and respiratory​ failure.

With one of the most painful bites of any snake, where is the Russell's viper located?

The Russell's viper was named after herpetologist Patrick Russell. The snake is also called Daboia or "the lurker" in Hindi.

Where can you find the mamushi pit viper?

The mamushi is the most common snake in Japan. These snakes bite a few thousand people in Japan each year, resulting in several deaths if medical treatment is not received.

Known for their long tails, where is the Jameson's mamba located?

The tail of a Jameson's mamba can stretch a quarter of the snake's length. That's quite significant considering these snakes can grow to over eight feet long.

A dangerous pit viper, where is the tropical rattlesnake found?

Tropical rattlesnakes are carnivores, eating prey from rodents to fish. They use their venom to paralyze their prey before eating it.

Where is the hundred pacer, a venomous pit viper, located?

The hundred pacer gets its name from the belief that a person can only walk a hundred steps after being bitten by this snake. That may be a little exaggerated, but it is true that antivenom is usually required after being bitten by a hundred pacer.

A species of rattlesnake, where is the massasauga found?

Adult massasaugas are nocturnal animals, meaning they are encountered at night. During the day, they are found under rocks and limbs.

With color bands similar to tigers, where is the tiger snake found?

Tiger snakes have to face multiple predators, which includes humans and loss of habitat. They are vulnerable when it comes to being endangered if their population continues to decline.

Where is the Okinawan habu located?

The Okinawan habu can be found on the Ryukyu Islands of Japan. These snakes enjoy hanging out along rock walls and inside tombs.

A semiaquatic viper, where is the cottonmouth found?

Cottonmouths are also known as water moccasins. These snakes usually don't venture too far from a water source.

Part of the Colubridae family, where is the boomslang found?

Female boomslangs are oviparous, meaning they lay eggs. They can produce around 30 eggs per cycle.

Where in South America is the golden lancehead found?

The golden lancehead is only located on Ilha da Queimada Grande, an island off the coast of Brazil. Because they have such a small geographical range, these snakes are considered critically endangered.

An extremely aggressive snake, where can you find the Caspian cobra?

The bite from a Caspian cobra can cause extreme effects within an hour. Left untreated, victims will die from respiratory failure.

Sometimes confused with nonpoisonous snakes, where is the coral snake found?

Coral snakes are known for their reclusive nature. They are rarely encountered by human but have a deadly bite if they are.

Growing to as much as five feet long, where in Africa can you find the Cape cobra?

The Cape cobra has a very small geographic range compared to other cobras in Africa. However, they can be found in a variety of environments from the savanna to deserts.

Known for eating other snakes, where is the king cobra found?

King cobras are an important symbol in the culture of India. They are often associated with snake charmers, though charmers use various types of cobras and other snakes.

Where can you find a copperhead, a member of the pit viper family?

Copperheads are known to pursue small prey such as insects. However, when it comes to larger prey, they are ambush predators which will find a good position to attack from.

With an appetite for their own, where can you find the common krait?

Common krait bites are known for their lack of pain. This can be deceiving, however, because muscle paralysis and respiratory failure can eventually set in.

Where can you find the forest cobra lurking?

Forest cobras can reach up to 10 feet in length. This makes it the longest species of true cobra in the world.

A species of pit viper, where can you find the jararaca?

The jararaca is a very common venomous snake throughout Brazil. They are known for living in tropical forests across the region.

Native to the United States, where in the country will you find the Mojave rattlesnake?

Mojave rattlesnakes choose to live in areas with limited vegetation such as deserts. These snakes are extremely deadly with some of the most potent venom of any rattlesnake.

Where can you find the monocled cobra?

Monocled cobras are famous for their O-shaped hood patterns. These snakes have been known to grow upward of seven feet long.

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