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Deadliest Snake Quiz
by Staff
Snakes really want nothing to do with people, but when cornered they can be highly dangerous. How much do you know about the deadliest snakes on Earth?

In which country is there a list of the "big four," the snakes that cause many thousands of bites per year?

  • Peru
  • India
  • China

Where is the black mamba found?

  • South America
  • Asia
  • Africa

Which snake causes the most snake bite deaths in Australia?

  • inland taipan
  • mainland tiger snake
  • Australian brown snake

Where will you find the dangerous cape cobra?

  • Africa
  • Russia
  • Brazil

Which snake kills more people than any other each year?

  • Russell's viper
  • common krait
  • saw-scaled viper

Unlucky victims may die how quickly after being struck by a king cobra?

  • about five minutes
  • about 30 minutes
  • about an hour

What is the biggest venomous snake in the U.S.?

  • timber rattlesnake
  • Western diamondback rattlesnake
  • Eastern diamondback rattlesnake

On the high-end estimate, what is the mortality rate for people bitten by Eastern diamondbacks?

  • around 10%
  • around 15%
  • around 30%

What is the longest venomous snake in the world?

  • inland taipan
  • king cobra
  • Eastern diamondback

Which of the following is NOT one of the "big four" snakes that causes so many bites in India?

  • Indian cobra
  • Common krait
  • Terciopelo

In India, the venom of young cobras is sometimes used as what?

  • a recreational drug
  • a poison for murder
  • a salve to heal open wounds

About how fast can black mambas slither when chasing prey?

  • nearly 20 mph
  • nearly 7 mph
  • nearly 5 mph

About how many deaths does the common krait cause each year in India?

  • 100
  • 1,000
  • 10,000

Without treatment, humans often die from black mamba bites after how much time has passed?

  • 15 hours
  • 20 hours
  • 24 hours

A coral snake found in North America may carry enough venom to kill how many adults?

  • 2
  • 4
  • 8

Which poisonous sea snake has one of the largest distribution areas in the world?

  • black-banded sea krait
  • coastal taipan
  • yellow-bellied sea snake

What is NOT a common name for the Russell's viper?

  • chain viper
  • 10-step snake
  • scissors snake

Which snake has the most potent venom in the world?

  • inland taipan
  • black mamba
  • king cobra

Why do scientists say people have little to fear from the inland taipan, in spite of its incredibly potent venom?

  • They have very short fangs.
  • They are exceedingly docile.
  • There are only about 1,000 left in the wild.

The Dubois' sea snake is often caught by fisherman fishing at what depth?

  • around 160 feet
  • around 20 feet
  • around 10 feet

One study estimated that one bite from a coastal taipan could kill about how many humans?

  • about 10
  • about 30
  • about 60

To what distance can a Philippines cobra spit its venom?

  • 3 feet
  • about 5 feet
  • nearly 10 feet

Which poisonous snake has an extremely aggressive temperament that makes it dangerous to people?

  • golden lancehead
  • saw-scaled viper
  • coastal taipan

True or False: Green mambas are more aggressive than black mambas.

  • true
  • false

In what year was an anti-venom created for bites from the coastal taipan?

  • 1956
  • 1987
  • 1991

Roughly how many people die each year in India due to bites from the Russell's viper?

  • roughly 10,000
  • roughly 18,000
  • roughly 25,000

On which continent is the ocellated carpet viper responsible for the highest number of human deaths each year?

  • Asia
  • Africa
  • South America

Why are there no record of humans being killed by golden lanceheads, even though this snake's venom is very toxic?

  • They only live on a remote island.
  • They almost never strike.
  • They have little nubs for fangs.

About what percentage of untreated victims die from common death adder bites?

  • about 40%
  • about 50%
  • about 70%

How long can beaked sea snakes remain submerged before coming back up for air?

  • 90 minutes
  • 3 hours
  • 5 hours