The Ultimate Snake Quiz

By: Staff

How long have snakes been roaming Earth?

Snakes have greatly evolved since they first appeared nearly 130 million years ago.

What characteristics do all snakes share?

There are close to 3,000 species of snakes. All snakes, however, share similar characteristics, including being meat-eaters and cold-blooded.

How do snakes hear?

Sounds waves hit a snake's skin, which is then transferred to a snake's bone and is interpreted by the inner ear. Snakes actually don't have outer ears like humans.

What don't snakes see?

Snakes are colorblind, but they do have light receptors to interpret different shades of light.

What unique vision ability do boas and pythons possess?

Boas and pythons have a special organ on top of their head that allows them to see heat sources.

How does a snake smell?

Snakes smell like humans through their nostrils. A snake can also smell by gathering odor particles on its tongue.

Where are Jacobson's organs located in snakes?

Jacobson's organs are fluid sacs located on the roof of a snake's mouth. These organs are involved in the olfactory process.

Snakes have very similar internal organs compared to humans. Snakes, however; lack the following:

Snakes don't have a diaphragm. Instead, snakes circulate air by narrowing and widening their ribcage.

Snakes have different shaped lungs than humans. What do snakes have?

Snakes have an elongated right lung, and some even have a third lung, to help with processing oxygen.

What's true about two-headed snakes?

Two-headed snakes do exist. They are similar to conjoined twins. They rarely survive in the wild, however, because of difficulties with catching prey.

What substance covers a snake's skin?

Keratin, the substance found in human fingernails, covers a snake's skin.

How does a snake lose its skin?

The new skin cells separate from the old skin, making the old skin loose. The snake then scrapes itself against a rock, and the old skin begins to peel off.

How long does it take for a snake to shed its skin?

The skin shedding process, also known as molting, takes approximately 14 days.

Ventral scales help a snake to do what?

The ventral scales function like tire treads. They are located on the bottom side of a snake and help a snake move along.

What shape does a snake make while doing the serpentine movement?

Most snakes move in serpentine movement, which is in an s-shaped pattern. Serpentine movement is also known as undulatory locomotion.

Which type of snake movement is very slow?

The caterpillar movement, also known as rectilinear locomotion, involves the snake making small curves up and down, rather than side to side.

Where do flying snakes live?

Flying snakes, also known as tree-dwelling snakes, live in Sri Lanka and Southeast Asia. They swing from branch to branch, gliding in the air for long distances.

Where does the anaconda primarily live?

The anaconda is the heaviest species of snakes. Anacondas primarily live in water and are very similar to alligators.

How do snakes eat their prey whole?

Amazingly, snakes can eat large prey whole. Snakes can dislocate their lower jaw, due to a double jointed hinge. Moreover, unlike humans, a snake's upper jaw is fused to its skull.

What is the primary use of a snake's venom?

A snake generally has difficulty eating its prey alive. For this reason, some snakes inject venom into their prey before eating.

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About This Quiz

Snakes can make you afraid and intrigued at the same time. Snakes have slithered over the Earth for more than 130 million years, frequently making appearances in famous narratives from the Bible to mythical stories. This unique animal can swallow animals whole and move across land without any limbs. Take this quiz and learn more about the mysterious snake.

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