Can You Pass This Hard Venomous Snake Identification Quiz?

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What is this one called?

King cobras are one of the longest venomous snakes in the world. Although known for their fearsome reputation, they usually avoid confrontation with humans.

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Can you name this venomous snake?

The black mamba, which comes in hues of gray and dark brown, is the longest species of venomous snake native to Africa, measuring up to 14.8 feet.

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Is this the Indian krait or the horned viper?

Horned vipers are a genus of small, venomous vipers called cerastes. They are found in the arid and semi-arid regions of North Africa, Arabia and Iran.

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Can you name this venomous snake?

Caspian cobras are medium- to large-sized snakes which are widely distributed in the arid and semi-arid areas of the Transcaspian region.

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What is this venomous reptile's name?

The Mojave rattlesnake, of which there are two subspecies, has most toxic venom of any species of rattlesnake.

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Which of these names belongs to this snake?

The timber rattlesnake is a species of rattlesnake which is found throughout much of the northeastern region of the United States.

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Can you tell us what the name of this snake is?

Like the king cobra, the Chinese cobra typically avoids confrontations with humans despite its aggressive nature.

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Which snake is this?

The forest cobra is the largest of true cobra species. It is indigenous to the central and western parts of Africa.

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What is this venomous reptile's name?

The sidewinder rattlesnake has a yellowish-brown hue and is also referred to as the horned rattlesnake due to the raised scales above its eyes.

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What is this one called?

Like all those of its type, this mamba is not to be trifled with. It's pretty, but deadly!

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Can you tell us what the name of this snake is?

Cape cobras are a medium-sized species of cobra which come in a variety of shades such as yellow, golden brown, dark brown and black.

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Which snake is pictured here?

The yellowbelly sea snake, as its name suggests, has a bright yellow underbelly, a dark brown back and a spotted tail.

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What do people call this snake?

Black-banded sea kraits are a species of sea snakes which inhabits the warm waters of the western Pacific Ocean.

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True or false: This is the monocled cobra.

The monocled cobra is a widely distributed species of cobra, generally found throughout South and Southeast Asia.

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Is this the Jararaca or the Indochinese spitting cobra?

The Indochinese cobra is also known as the black and white spitting cobra due to the coloration of its scales.

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What is this one's name?

The Taiwanese krait, also known as the many-banded krait, is a species of elapid snake which is endemic to the continent of Asia.

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Which of these names belongs to this snake?

The coastal taipan, of which there are two subspecies, is the third most venomous land snake in the world.

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What is this one called?

Despite the high mortality rate of its venom, the western green mamba is not particularly aggressive but prone to attack when nervous.

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Which snake is this?

The Philippine cobra is a light to medium brown-colored cobra with a stocky body which grows up to 5.2 feet in length.

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What do people call this snake?

The puff adder is a widely distributed and aggressive viper species which is responsible for many snakebite fatalities in Africa.

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Can you tell us what the name of this snake is?

The Indian krait, also called the blue krait or common krait, is responsible for the most snakebites on humans in India.

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Which snake is this?

Indigenous to Sub-Saharan Africa, boomslangs are large venomous snakes which grow up to 6 feet in length.

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True or false: This is the elegant sea snake.

The elegant sea snake is a medium-sized and slender serpent which is usually found in some areas of Australia.

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What is this venomous reptile's name?

Mainland tiger snakes are identified by their short and stout bodies, gray or olive-brown scales, light brown bands and a creamy-yellow underside.

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What name does this snake go by?

Wagler's pit vipers, indigenous to southeast Asia, comes in a variety of bright colors and patterns which alludes to their destructive nature.

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What name does this snake go by?

The speckled brown snake, as its name infers, is brown with dark flecks, some with bands across their body.

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Which snake is pictured here?

Saw-scaled vipers are a genus of venomous vipers containing eight species, some of which are the cause of the most snakebite cases and related deaths.

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Which snake is this?

Endemic to Africa, Jameson's mamba can be identified by its slender body with smooth scales of a dull, green hue.

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What is this one's name?

Beaked sea snakes are a common species of sea snake which inhabits the coasts and coastal islands of India as well as the Persian Gulf and the Arabian Sea.

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Are you sure that this is the delphinium?

Green night adders are bright green to olive-colored snakes commonly found throughout tropical regions of Africa. A delphinium is a flower!

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True or false: This is the sharp-nosed viper.

The sharp-nosed viper, which is known by several other names, is identified by its light brown body decorated with dark brown triangle patterns.

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What name does this snake go by?

The lowland copperhead is a medium-sized snake which can be found near bodies of water in Southeastern Australia and Tasmania.

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What do people call this snake?

Despite their venomous nature, blue-bellied black snakes are naturally very shy and will only attack when provoked.

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Are you sure that this is the muscari?

The inland taipan is the most venomous snake in the world, although that fact is disputed by some. It has enough venom in one bite to kill 100 fully grown men.

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What is this one's name?

The Dubois' sea snake is one of the top three most venomous snakes in the world. You should probably leave it alone.

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Which of these names belongs to this snake?

Fea's viper, scientifically called Azemiopinae, is the common name for a subfamily of venomous viper species.

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Is this the common night adder or the inland taipan?

Endemic to Sub-Saharan Africa, the common night adder is a species of the Causinae subfamily with an adult length of up to 24 inches long.

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Can you name this venomous snake?

The rinkhal, despite its appearance, is not considered a true cobra but rather a member of the genus, Hemachatus.

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Which snake is pictured here?

The jararaca is a slender and terrestrial pit viper frequently found in the tropical forests and savannahs of Brazil, Paraguay and northern Argentina.

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Are you sure that this is the dugite?

Native to Western Australia, the dugite is a potentially lethal venomous snake which is identified by its gray, green or brown semi-glossy scales.

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About This Quiz

If you believe in the whole dinosaur debate, then we know where snakes come from. What's not so certain is why they have venom in the first place. Whether it's to make them cooler or to protect them out in the wild (although we're not sure why such scary creatures would need all this protection) or to help them hunt, we know that this venom is dangerous. And if you want to get technical, we could go into the quantities needed to make a human howl in pain, but we won't. We want to know if you know your venomous snakes. 

Snakes like the cobra are instantly recognizable, but others like the dugite may not be. This is why we'll give you credit for even getting four questions correct. But this quiz really isn't that difficult if you consider the fact that we have hints in every question to help you out. So how about you channel your inner Bear Grylls and Crocodile Hunter and take a bite (pun intended) out of this snake quiz?

Will you be speaking Parseltongue by the end of this quiz (of course we had to throw in a Harry Potter reference) or should you just observe the snakes from behind the safety of a glass wall? 

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