See If You Can Identify All of These Venomous Snakes

Khadija Leon

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About This Quiz

Of all the different snake species in this world, more than 600 of them are venomous, but not all of them are able to cause the damage that we hear about so often. They can be found in several different habitats all across the world, and they use their venom both to immobilize their prey and as a defense mechanism. 

Some of the snakes which are notorious for the levels of toxicity in their venom include the saw-scaled viper, the king cobra, the inland taipan, the tiger snake, the western coral snake and the eastern diamondback rattlesnake. They can cause a variety of symptoms, ranging from swelling and redness of the skin to neurological problems like ataxia and paralysis as well as respiratory failure and death. 

How well do you know the different species of venomous snakes in the world? If you were given photos of these deadly creatures, would you be able to match them to the correct names? Well, if you believe that you can correctly identify them, then this is the quiz that you need to take.

One of these snakes is endemic to "Snake Island."​ Which of the following is it?

The golden lancehead is a venomous pit viper which is endemic to an island off the coast of Brazil called “Snake Island.” Its name is derived from the light yellowish-brown color of its underside and the shape of its head.

A bite from this snake can cause hypotension and acute renal failure. What is it called?

The fer-de-lance is a venomous viper which can be found in parts of Mexico and South America. It is responsible for most of the snake bites in that region, and it is advised to avoid them if you come across them. The venom of the snake is known to cause hypotension and acute renal failure.

Which of these animals is a venom-spitting snake?

The Philippine cobra is a species of venomous spitting cobras which can be found in the northern regions of the Philippines. Its potent venom is a postsynaptic neurotoxin and can cause respiratory paralysis, which can lead to death.

This snake is also called the canebrake rattlesnake. Which of the following snakes is it?

The timber rattlesnake, also referred to as the canebrake rattlesnake, is a pit viper which is found in eastern states of North America. This snake is the state reptile of West Virginia, and is one of the most dangerous reptiles because of its long fangs and high venom yield.

Only one of these snakes is the most venomous of its kind. What is its name?

The Caspian cobra, also called the Russian cobra, is a species of cobras which can be found in the Trans Caspian region. It is one of the most venomous species of cobras in the world, and it is able to cause paralysis and respiratory failure if antivenom is not administered in a timely fashion.

Which of these snakes is able to hold its breath for almost 8 hours?

Belcher’s sea snake, which is also known as the faint-banded sea snake, is a venomous species of snakes which are found in the Indian Ocean. Able to hold their breath approximately 8 hours, these snakes are said to be docile, only envenoming those that it bites on rare occasions.

Which of these fast-moving snakes is endemic to Australia?

The western brown snake, also known by the name gwardar, is a species of snakes which are endemic to the continent of Australia. This fast-moving snake does not have the most potent venom, but because of the quantity of venom delivered when biting, some may be fatal.

One of these snakes can be found dwelling in trees in Central and South America. What is it called?

Found in Central and South America, the eyelash viper is a venomous pit viper which comes in a variety of colors. These tree-dwelling snakes are known for the superciliary scales above their eyes, which they are named for. A bite left untreated can result in loss of limbs and even death.

What is the name of the snake which is also referred to as the carpet viper?

The saw-scaled viper, also referred to as the carpet viper, is a venomous viper which can be found in different regions of Africa and Asia. In order to ward off predators, they make a “sizzling” warning sound, but when they do bite, they can cause death.

Many of the symptoms from this snake bite are hemorrhagic. What is its name?

Found in regions of the southeast United States, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake is the largest rattlesnake which was given its name because of its diamond-shaped pattern. It is one of the most dangerous in North America, and its bite is able to cause hemorrhagic symptoms.

Which of these venomous snakes bites only when it is agitated?

Found only in parts of Eastern America, the copperhead snake is a species of venomous snakes which are non-aggressive, but they have been known to bite people and animals when they are agitated, usually with a small amount of venom.

One of these snakes is native to Australia. What is it called?

The common death adder is one of the many species of death adders, this one being native to Australia where it has been called one of the most venomous land snakes. This snake’s venom contains a highly potent neurotoxin which can cause paralysis and death in as quickly as six hours post-bite.

Which of these snakes is also known as the black and white-lipped cobra?

The forest cobra, also called the black and white-lipped cobra, is a species of venomous snakes which can be found throughout western and central Africa. It is one of the largest of the true cobras, and its venom is known to contain a neurotoxin which can cause neurological and respiratory symptoms.

This snake is also known by the name of the man who first described it (Hallowell). What is it called?

The Western green mamba, also called Hallowell’s green mamba, is a long and highly venomous snake which was first described by the man who it is named after, Edward Hallowell. Its venom is a mixture of neurotoxins, cardiotoxins, and fasciculins which can be fatal.

Which of these snakes can be found throughout many Indian subcontinents?

Russell’s viper is a species of venomous vipers which are seen throughout the Indian subcontinents of China and Taiwan. The snake is named after the herpetologist who discovered it, and a bite from it can cause bleeding in urine within 20 minutes as well as necrosis of muscle tissue.

One of these snakes is a venomous arboreal snake. What is it called?

The eastern green mamba, also known as the common mamba, is a venomous arboreal snake which can be found on the coastal regions of East Africa. The females in this species grow larger than the males, but they both have venom which contains cardiotoxins and neurotoxins.

Which of these snakes is able to open its jaw up to 170 degrees when biting?

Boomslangs are large, highly venomous snakes which are both native and restricted to parts of Sub-Saharan Africa. Known for being able to open its jaw up to 170 degrees when biting, its potent venom, contains a hemotoxin which can cause both internal and external bleeding.

This snake's fangs can be as long as 2 inches. What is its name?

The Gaboon viper, which comes from the Bitis genus, is a venomous viper which can be found in the rainforests and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. A bite from this snake, whose fangs can be as long as 2 inches, can cause a wide range of symptoms from swelling of the tongue to internal bleeding.

Despite its name, this snake can also be found on some Caribbean islands. Which of these is it?

Found on the continent which it is named after, as well as the neighboring twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, the South American Bushmaster is a venomous pit viper whose venom is known to be deadly in many of the people who are bitten.

Which of these snakes is also called the speculated cobra?

The Indian cobra, which is also known as the speculated cobra, is a species of snakes which can be found in many southeast Asian countries. Because of its significance to Indian culture, it is protected under the wildlife act, despite its venom being able to cause respiratory failure and cardiac arrest.

Which of these pit vipers' bites can cause​ faintness and swelling at the bite site?

The Mexican dusky rattlesnake is a venomous pit viper which is found in Mexico. Two subspecies of this snake are currently recognized, both of whose bites, but more so the triseriatus, can cause intense pain and swelling at the bite site, faintness and cold perspiration.

Only one of these snake's bites can be 100% fatal if it is left untreated.

The coastal taipan, which is also called the common taipan, is a species of large venomous snakes which are found in Australia and parts of New Guinea. It is one of the most venomous land snakes in the world, and if its bites are left untreated, they are 100% fatal.

Which of these snakes is also known as the nook-nosed sea snake?

The beaked sea snake, which is also known as the hook-nosed sea snake, is a highly venomous snake which has been seen in the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific Ocean. These snakes are responsible for most of the bites caused by sea snakes, and the myotoxins in the venom cause death in most of the people bitten.

One of these snakes can be found the midwestern United States and parts of Mexico. What is it called?

The Massasauga is one of the many species of rattlesnakes which have been seen in parts of Mexico and midwestern regions of the United States. Its venom contains a cytotoxin which is known for destroying tissue as well as for disrupting blood flow and preventing clot formation.

Which of these snakes can be found in desserts all across Central Mexico?

The Mojave rattlesnake is a highly venomous pit snake which is found in deserts all across the southwestern states and Central Mexico. This snake has some of the most potent venoms in the world, but due to the availability of antivenom, fatalities are very rare.

One of these snakes is also known by the name Great Plains Rattlesnake. Which of these is it?

The prairie rattlesnake, also known as the western or Great Plains Rattlesnake, is a venomous pit viper which is found from northern Mexico, western United States and southwestern Canada. Its venom contains different enzymes which are capable of causing tissue damage and hemotoxic effects.

One of these snakes venom has the power to kill 100 men with just one bite. Which of these is it?

The inland taipan, which is also called the small-scaled snake, is the most venomous snake in the world and it can only be found in Australia. Studies of this snake have revealed that one bite is enough to kill at least 100 adult men in as quickly as 30 minutes if it is left untreated.

This cross-banded snake's venom has a very high mortality rate. What is it called?

The blue krait, also called the Malayan krait, is a species of venomous species of snakes which can be found throughout southeast Asia and Indonesia. The friendly snakes have stripes of dark brown, black or bluish-black cross bands and its venom has a high mortality rate in people who do not get treatment.

Despite it accounting for many of the snake-bite related deaths in its region, it is protected by the state. What is the name of this snake?

The tiger snake, which can be found in parts of Australia and its coastal islands, is a venomous snake which accounts for almost one-fifth of snakebites in the country and over half of the deaths when left untreated. Despite their deadliness, they are protected by the state and people can be charged $7,500 or serve a year in jail or injuring them.

Within 6 hours of being bitten, a person can experience difficulty breathing and ataxia. Which snake's venom can cause this?

The many-banded krait, which is also called the Taiwanese/Chinese krait, is an extremely venomous snake which can be found in South East Asian countries. When a person is first bit, the area becomes itchy, but within 6 hours, it can develop into ataxia, difficulty breathing, and death.

Only one of this snakes is also known as the yellow cobra. Which of these is it?

The Cape cobra, which is also known as the yellow cobra, is a highly venomous species of cobra which can be found throughout several southern African countries. It is one of the most dangerous species of cobra because its venom is able to cause respiratory and cardiovascular effects.

Which of these snakes is responsible for nearly 60% of snake bite-related​ deaths in Australia?

The eastern brown snake, which is also called the common brown snake, is a venomous snake which can be found in Australia and New Guinea. It is the second -most venomous land snake in the world, and it is responsible for 60% of snakebite deaths in Australia alone.

Which of these snakes is one of the most venomous snakes in sub-Saharan Africa?

The black mamba is a highly venomous snake which can be found in many sub-Saharan African countries where it is one of the most venomous snakes in the region. They can grow to lengths which exceed 14 feet, and their venom can cause collapse in less than an hour of being bit.

This snake's venom contains cytotoxin which can destroy human tissue. What is it called?

The cottonmouth is a species of pit vipers which have been found in regions of southeastern United States. The venom of the snake contains a cytotoxin which is able to destroy human tissue and often requires amputation at the site of the bite.

If the antivenin for this snake's bite is not administered in time, renal failure can result. What is the name of the snake which is responsible?

The yellow-bellied sea snake is a species of snakes which have been found in tropical waters around the world. It has highly potent venom which if a person is bitten, it can cause renal damage and neuromuscular paralysis if its anti-venom is not administered within time.

Which of these snakes are endemic to South American countries?

The jararaca is a species of pit vipers which are endemic to the South American countries of Brazil, Paraguay, and Argentina. Drugs like angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors which are used to treat heart conditions were developed from the snake’s venom.

Which of these snakes is named after its brightly colored body?

The western coral snake, which is so named because of its brightly colors, is a venomous snake found in Arizona, New Mexico and some regions of Mexico. It is a nocturnal creature whose potent venom has neurotoxic effects including rapid paralysis and respiratory failure.

One of these snake's venoms is able to cardiovascular system failure?

The western diamondback rattlesnake, which is also known as the Texas diamond-back, is a venomous species of rattlesnakes found in Mexico and the southwestern states. It is responsible for many of the snakebite mortalities in that region, and its venom can cause cardiovascular system failure.

This venomous snake is able to grow to lengths of 19 feet. What is it called?

The King cobra, which in some places is referred to as the hamadryad, is a species of venomous snakes which can be found in the forests of Southeast Asian countries. Some of the snakes grow to lengths which exceed 19 feet. The venom is able to cause central nervous system effects.

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