Can you identify the Snake Species Around the World

Snake Species – More than 3000 snake species are available worldwide, which is constantly growing. With that variety, it’s no surprise these slithering critters come in many colors, patterns, and sizes.

But, as diverse as they are, all snakes share a common body plan: a long, legless trunk and a short tail.

They also share a common lifestyle – everywhere on earth, each snake is a predator, and they live in every environment: from the wettest jungle to the desert and from the boiling heat of the equator to the arctic circle.

Of course, snakes are reptiles and, therefore, cold-blooded, so they prefer hot places. But one snake, the European adder, has made its home all over Europe, including the far northern reaches of Russia and Scandinavia.

Identify the Snake Species

  • Question of

    It is arboreal and nocturnal, sometimes falling to the ground in search of food. The neck is different from the flattened, triangular head.

    Sri Lankan Pit Viper
    • Sri Lankan Pit Viper
    • wild snake
    • yellow pit vipers
    • Green Tree Python
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    Its long, thin tongue resembles a worm that can lure in frogs and other prey.

    Asian Vine Snake
    • Asian Vine Snake
    • King cobra
    • Eastern racer
    • Milk snake
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    The Diamond-shaped heads with irregular scales are named for their vibrant green color.

    green tree python
    • green tree python
    • Black mamba
    • Russell’s Viper
    • Water Moccasin
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    It is a slim, three-foot-long snake with an orange head, a greenish-yellow back bordered by red and black stripes, and a bright greenish-blue or turquoise belly.

    San Francisco Garter Snake
    • San Francisco Garter Snake
    • Eastern racer
    • Common garter snake
    • Russell’s Viper
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    It is knowns for the bristly scales above its eyes. It looks like it has a hood or eyelashes over its eyes. Its color and triangular head can easily recognize it.

    Eyelash Viper
    • Eyelash Viper
    • Water Moccasin
    • Tiger snake
    • Copperhead
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    A cylindrical body shape with a laterally compressed, paddle-like tail.

    Common krait
    • Banded Sea Krait
    • Boomslang
    • Bothrops asper
    • Yellow-lipped sea krait
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    They are brown or reddish-brown snakes with three parallel black stripes on the top of the head and large black rings down the back that give the appearance of dorsal blotches.

    Brazilian Rainbow Boa
    • brazilian rainbow boa
    • Formosa Odd-Scaled Snak
    • Common krait
    • Russell’s Viper
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    There eyes appear larger, but that’s because they don’t have scales around them, which causes them to protrude more.

    Scaleless Corn Snake
    • Scaleless Corn Snake
    • Russell’s Viper
    • Water Moccasin
    • Tiger snake
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    They have shiny black scales on their back and a light-colored belly, and their throat and chin are white.

    Black rat snake
    • Black rat snake
    • Common garter snake
    • Scaleless Corn Snake
    • Brazilian Rainbow Boa
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    It is yellow, green, brown, or black and usually has yellowish or white crossbars or chevrons. The throat is light yellow or cream-colored.

    King cobra
    • King cobra
    • Corn snake
    • Common garter snake
    • Milk snake
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    This species has an elliptical head, depressed and slightly distinct from the neck. The snout is short and rounded with large nostrils.

    Indian cobra
    • Indian cobra
    • Echis carinatus
    • Boomslang
    • Yellow-lipped sea krait
  • Question of

    It has a heavy body, a broad head, and long, hinged fangs at the front of its mouth for injecting venom.

    Common European viper
    • Common European viper
    • Eastern brown snake
    • Eastern hognose snake
    • Boomslang
  • Question of

    The body is cylindrical, thin, and black, with smooth, shiny scales and a short stubby tail. The head is pointed and indistinct from the body, with tiny eyes with round pupils.

    Common krait
    • Common krait
    • Echis carinatus
    • Boomslang
    • Yellow-lipped sea krait
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    Their backs are dark brown, green or olive-colored with a typical yellow or white line moving down the center.

    eastern garter snake
    • eastern garter snake
    • Boomslang
    • Bothrops asper
    • Brazilian Rainbow Boa
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    They are long, slender, and fast-moving snakes that range in length from 35 to 75 inches, including their tail.

    Eastern racer
    • Eastern racer
    • Eastern hognose snake
    • Boomslang
    • Yellow-lipped sea krait
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    Brightly colored and strikingly patterned, They are nonvenomous New World snakes with a wide range throughout North and South America.

    Milk snake
    • milk snake
    • Eastern hognose snake
    • Boomslang
    • Yellow-lipped sea krait
  • Question of

    They are Africa’s longest venomous snake, reaching up to 14 feet in length, although 8.2 feet is more the average.

    Black mamba
    • Black mamba
    • Tiger snake
    • wild snake
    • red pit viper
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    It is dark tan, ranging from a rich, dark hue to a brownish light green, depending on the season. Its back, sides, and tail may be shades of brown and grey, with many scales having a wide blackish edge.

    Inland taipan
    • inland taipan
    • Corn snake
    • red pit viper
    • yellow pit vipers
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    The head is triangular with a ‘V’-shaped white line meeting at the tip of the snout.

    Russells Viper
    • Russell’s Viper
    • Eastern racer
    • Black rat snake
    • Copperhead
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    They have large, triangular heads with a dark line through the eye, elliptical pupils, and large jowls due to the venom glands.

    Cottonmouth
    • Cottonmouth
    • Tiger snake
    • Echis carinatus
    • Boomslang

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