Can You Identify These Australian Snakes?

Khadija Leon

This snake's venom is able to kill 100 fully grown adults. What is its name?

The inland taipan, also called the western taipan and small-scaled snake, is a venomous snake which is endemic to the arid regions of Australia. First described back in 1879, it is the most venomous snake in the world and one bite can kill at least 100 adult men.

Which of the following is the name of the non-venomous snake?

The common tree snake is a non-venomous snake which can be found in the coastal regions of north and east Australia, as well as Papua New Guinea. The common snake can be found in varying shades of green with pale yellow on its throat and body.

One of these snakes can be found in the southern region of Australia. What is it called?

The tiger snake is a species of highly venomous snake which can be found in the southern regions of Australia as well as a few of the coastal islands. Although they vary in color, they are all banded, much like that of a tiger.

The snake shown in this image is known for its crossband pattern. What is it called?

The rough-scaled snake is a species of venomous snake which is named because some of its scales are raised, giving it a rough texture. The snakes are brown to olive in color with narrow crossbands or blotches of a darker shade of brown. They can be found from far north Queensland to mid-eastern New South Wales.

One of these Australian snakes is one of the deadliest​ in the world. What is it called?

The eastern brown snake, also called the common brown snake, is a snake which can be found in the dense forests of central Australia and southern New Guinea. The snake, which is considered to be the 2nd most venomous land snakes in the world, can grow to a length exceeding 7 feet.

____________________ is also known by the name Down's tiger snake.

Collett’s snake, also called Down’s tiger snake, is a species of venomous snakes which is native to Australia. Despite not being one of the most venomous snakes there, bites can cause acute renal failure, which can later lead to death.

The snake seen in the image was first described in 1842. What is it called?

The mulga snake, also called the king brown snake, is a species of venomous snake which was first described back in 1842 in Australia. The color of the snake differs from place to place, but they can all grow to lengths exceeding 9 feet, with an average of 5 feet.

Which of these snakes is also referred to as the pelagic sea snake?

The yellow-bellied sea snake, which is sometimes called the pelagic sea snake, is a species of snake which are found in tropical waters around the world, but many have been reported around Australia. While diving, this species can take up to 33% of its oxygen through its skin.

__________________ is also known as Ramsay's python.

The woma python, also known as Ramsay’s python, is a species of snakes which are endemic to Australia, where it is most commonly found in the western states of the country. The snakes are highly sought after in the exotic pet trade despite not adapting well to being held in captivity.

What is the name of the snake which can be found in the northern and eastern parts of Australia, as well as the island of New Guinea?

The coastal taipan, also known as the common taipan, is a species of large venomous snakes which are native to northern and eastern Australia, as well as the island of New Guinea. The snake has been listed as the third most venomous land snake in the world.

This snake is also called the black-bellied swamp snake. What is its proper name?

The black-bellied swamp snake, also known as marsh snake, is a species of venomous snake endemic to the east coast of Australia. The snake’s color ranges from pale olive to black, and they have two distinctive narrow white lines on its face.

Which of these snakes is also known as 'guarder'?

The western brown snake, also called gwardar, is a species of fast-moving venomous snakes which is native to Australia. The word ‘gwardar’ means “go the long way around” and has been said to be advice for people who come across the snake while in the wild.

The snake in the image grows to a maximum length of 24 inches. What is it called?

Suta suta, also called the curled snake, is a species of venomous snakes which is native to Australia. They grow to a maximum length of 24 inches, and it is known for its dark brown to reddish brown color.

There is a snake in this list which is also referred to as the hook-nosed sea snake. Which one is it?

The beaked sea snake, also called the hook-nosed sea snake, is a species of sea snakes which are found in the tropical waters of the Indo-Pacific Ocean around Australia and New Guinea. The species is highly venomous and can cause death if antivenom is not administered.

This snake was named after the zoologist who first described it. What is​ its name?

The Children’s python is a species of nonvenomous snakes which is named after John George Children, a zoologist who described many species. The snake feeds on many small mammals and birds by first constricting it then swallowing it whole.

Which of these snakes can be found in New South Wales?

The broad-headed snake is a venomous snake which can only be found in New South Wales, Australia. Now listed as vulnerable, the species faces habitat loss from urbanization, illegal rock removal, and it is also kept in reptile collections.

One of these snakes can be found near the cold regions of Mount Kosciuszko. What is it called?

The white-lipped snake is a small species of snakes which are endemic to the south-eastern mainland of Australia and the island of Tasmania. They grow to an average length of 16 inches and can be found in regions as cold as above the snow line of Mount Kosciuszko.

Which of these snakes is one of the most venomous in the country?

The common death adder is a species of death adder found in Australia where it is one of the most venomous snakes in the country. The snake is facing an increased threat from the invasion of the cane toad as it eats young snakes, and the adults who eat it are poisoned from the toxic glands in their skin.

__________________ is the name of the snake which can grow to 11 feet long?

The black-headed python, so named because of the color of its head, is a species of snake which is native to Australia. The adults usually grow to lengths between 5 and 6.5 feet, but can also grow to 11 feet. They are powerful swimmers, but they are rarely found in water.

What is the name of the snake which waits near trails to ambush its prey?

The olive python, so named because of its color, is a species of python which are found in Australia. The snake, whose diet consists of mammals, reptiles and small birds, like to wait near animal trails where it can easily ambush its prey.

This snake has a potent neurotoxin in its venom. What is it called?

The lowland copperhead is a venomous snake species which can be found in southeastern Australia and Tasmania. Its venom contains a potent neurotoxin which is capable of killing an adult human if the correct first aid is not administered in due time.

Which one of these snakes comes from one of the most venomous snake families in the world?

The yellow-faced whip snake is a species of venomous snakes from one of the most venomous snake families in the country. The snake is green to grey in color with black and yellow markings on its head and face.

One of these snakes was first described by George Shae in 1794. What is it called?

The red-bellied black snake is a species of snakes which were first described by George Shaw in 1794. The snake is one of the most commonly encountered snakes in Australia and although it is not aggressive, it will attack if it feels threatened.

What is the name of the snake which is also known as the diamond python?

The carpet python, also known as the diamond python, is a large species of snakes which can be found in Australia, New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands. Growing to lengths exceeding 13 feet, there are currently 6 subspecies, all of which can be found there.

____________________ is native to the coastal regions of Australia.

The brown tree snake is a tree-dwelling, rear-fanged snake which is native to the coastal regions of Australia, eastern Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea. The snake has been called an invasive species in Guam where it is a danger to the native bird population.

Which of these snakes is named because it has alternating​ black and white bands on its body?

The bandy-bandy, also called the hoop snake, is a species of weakly venomous snake which is endemic to Australia. The snake is so-named because it is marked with alternating black and white or yellow rings with smooth and glossy scales.

Which of these snakes has one of the most lethal venoms in the world?

The dugite is a species of venomous snakes which are native to Western Australia. The snake is grey, green, or brown in color with black scales scattered all over its body, and it can grow to up to 6.5 feet in length. Its venom is one of the most lethal in the world, with death occurring soon after.

The snake shown here comes from the Pseudechis genus. What is it called?

The spotted mulga snake is a species of venomous snake which is endemic to Western Australia. It belongs to a genus of snakes (Pseudechis) known for raising its head and presenting its hood in order to intimidate opponents.

Which of these snakes is also known as the McDowell's carpet python?

The coastal carpet python, also called McDowell’s carpet python is species of snakes which can be found along the northeastern coast of Australia and New Guinea. The snakes, which can be found residing in the roofs of houses, can grow to lengths between 9 to 10 feet.

Only one of these snakes was named after the naturalist Gerald Krefft. Which one is it?

The dwarf crowned snake, sometimes called the Krefft’s dwarf snake after the naturalist Gerald Krefft, is a species of venomous snake endemic to Australia. They are weakly venomous and are not considered to be a danger to humans, but medical attention should still be sought after.

What is the snake which is also referred to as the spotted black snake?

The blue-bellied black snake, sometimes called the spotted black snake, is a species of snakes found in southeastern Queensland and northern New South Wales. Bites from this snake can cause nausea, vomiting and local swelling.

Which of these snakes feeds daily on a small reptile called skink?

The red-naped snake is a species of venomous snakes found in four Australian states, with it being listed as threatened in one of them. They are nocturnal creatures which feed mainly on a small reptile known as a skink.

___________________ is the name of the snake which is endemic to the Arnhem land region?

The Oenpelli python is a large species of python which are endemic to the Arnhem land region in North Australia. The adults can grow to 13 feet in length and this snake is also able to change their skin coloration, depending on the time of day.

What is the name of this venomous snake?

The bardick is a species of mildly venomous snake which is endemic to the semiarid grasslands and shrublands of Australia. These nocturnal animals have a solid tan, brown, or grey body, with its head being a darker shade of the body.

One of these snakes rears into an S shape when it feels​ threatened. What is it called?

The golden-crowned snake is small species of venomous snakes which are endemic to and can be found in the deep forest and mountain slopes of Australia. When threatened, the snake rears into an S shape and displays a bright orange pigmentation.

This snake is commonly kept as a pet. Do you know what it is called?

Stimson’s python is a species of python which is endemic to Australia where many people keep them as pets. Named after Lawrence Alec Smith who first described it, these nonvenomous snakes kill their prey by constricting them.

Which of these snakes is also called the narrow banded shovel-nosed snake?

The narrow-banded snake, also called the narrow banded shovel-nosed snake, is a small snake which can be found near coastal dunes and woodlands in Australia. Their stout bodies enable them to burrow in the ground/sand either to find food or hide from predators.

The snake in the image can be found in New South Wales and Queensland. What is its name?

The grey snake is a species of snakes which can be found in New South Wales and Queensland, Australia. Mostly active at night, they have been listed as endangered in some parts of the country because of predation and land cultivation.

What is the name of the snake which grows to 20 inches in length?

The little whipsnake is a venomous snake which can be found in the stony hills of Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia. They grow up to 20 inches in length and are cream in color with a black hourglass-shaped patch on their head.

Which of these snakes was first described in 1926?

The speckled brown snake is a species of venomous snake which is native to northeastern Australia. First described in 1926, these snakes have a small head, yellow to orange upper parts, white throat and lips, yellow to white under parts, and its scales have black edges visible only when its moves.

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About This Quiz

Australia is notorious for being the home of some of the most deadly snakes on earth, and while it may be true, fatalities are not as common as you think because antivenom for these bites is widely available around the country. 

Although many would like to believe that they are confined to the desert and jungle regions of the country, snake sightings are quite common even near large cities and homes in the suburbs, usually around where their main source of food can be found. Snakes like the eastern brown snake, the inland taipan, the common death adder, the red-bellied black snake, the mulga snake, the lowland copperhead, and the small-eyed snake are all well-known because of their deadliness, but what about the others? 

There are approximately 160 snake species found on the continent and its neighboring islands, but how well do you know them? If you were given images of some of these creatures, would you be able to correctly identify them? There is only one way to find out if you are an Australian snake expert and that is by taking this quiz.

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