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Quiz: Snakes of Louisiana

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Louisiana has abundant wildlife, including reptiles such as snakes and turtles. All are welcome in Yvonne's backyard wildlife habitat.

This coiled cottonmouth has cloudy eyes, an indication that it will soon shed its skin. They can't see well at this time and are more likely to strike.

This coiled cottonmouth has cloudy eyes, an indication that it will soon shed its skin. They can't see well at this time and are more likely to strike.

How much do you know about snakes?

Are you a nature lover? How do you feel about poisonous and non-poisonous snakes? Do you think that King snakes and black racers are just fantastic? Or do you shy away from anything reptilian and slithery?

This quiz will test your knowledge of these beneficial reptiles. Can you make it through 10 questions without flinching?

Snakes are an important part of the ecosystem and they provide a valuable service by preying on rodents and harmful insects that, if it weren't for the snakes, would multiply and devour our food crops. So let's hear it for those slithery good guys. Hiss, hiss, Hooray!

Now go take the quiz and let us know how you did. If you didn't do so well, then take a look at the photos and information below and try again.

Louisiana Snakes Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. How many kinds of venomous (poisonous) snakes inhabit Louisiana?
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
    • 7
  2. Name the venomous (poisonous) snakes of Louisiana.
    • Copperhead, Cottonmouth and Coral Snake
    • Timber, Diamondback and Pygmy Rattlesnakes
    • Kingsnake, Diamondback Watersnake and Hognose
    • A and B
    • B and C
  3. Which snake will often kill and eat venomous (poisonous) snakes by constriction?
    • Hognose Snake
    • Rough Green Snake
    • Kingsnake
    • Black Racer
    • Diamondback Watersnake
  4. Playing dead is this snake's favorite defense mechanism.
    • Hognose
    • Rough Green Snake
    • Kingsnake
    • Black Racer
    • Ribbon Snake
  5. This large snake lays in wait to grab fish and swallow them whole.
    • Ribbon Snake
    • Diamondback Watersnake
    • Kingsnake
    • Black Racer
    • Rough Green
  6. Coluber constrictor is a very fast, dark colored snake that eats a variety of live prey. What is its common name?
    • Kingsnake
    • Black Racer
    • Garter Snake
    • Ribbon Snake
    • Hognose
  7. The only semi-aquatic viper is the:
    • Copperhead
    • Rattlesnake
    • Cottonmouth
    • Coral Snake
    • Garter
  8. Which of the following snakes are constrictors?
    • Rat Snake
    • Kingsnake
    • Black Racer
    • A and B
    • B and C
  9. Which snake can climb high (over 40 feet) into trees to get prey?
    • Black Racer
    • Rough Green Snake
    • Ribbon Snake
    • Rat Snake
    • Hognose
  10. Which snake gives birth to live young?
    • Cottonmouth
    • Kingsnake
    • Hognose
    • Rat Snake
    • None of the above, all snakes lay eggs

Answer Key

  1. 6
  2. A and B
  3. Kingsnake
  4. Hognose
  5. Diamondback Watersnake
  6. Black Racer
  7. Cottonmouth
  8. A and B
  9. Rat Snake
  10. Cottonmouth

Kingsnake

Kingsnakes often coil around a poisonous snake such as this copperhead and kill and eat it.

Kingsnakes often coil around a poisonous snake such as this copperhead and kill and eat it.

Ribbon Snake Hunting

Ribbon snakes eat small prey such as cricket frogs. This individual was hunting one by the pond.

Ribbon snakes eat small prey such as cricket frogs. This individual was hunting one by the pond.

Ribbon snakes are non-venomous and are welcome in our garden and around the pond.


Cottonmouth in Creek

Cottonmouth are venomous snakes which kill their prey by injecting it with poison. They have live births.

Cottonmouth are venomous snakes which kill their prey by injecting it with poison. They have live births.

Cottonmouths inhabit most of the permanent water bodies in Louisiana and are one of the 6 venomous species in Louisiana. They are the only semi-aquatic Viper in the world.

Diamond-back Water Snake

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Diamond-back Water Snakes a very large, beautifully marked snakes. They live in many of the permanent water bodies in Louisiana and are often confused with Cottonmouths. They attach their tail to an underwater object and lay in wait for fish, their favorite prey.

Black Racer Sensing

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Black Racers, also called Blue Runners, are very fast snakes that inhabit the forested areas in Louisiana. When the sun hits their scales they shimmer with blue highlights. Their prey is quite varied and they grab it in their mouth and eat it live.

Hog-Nose

When threatened, hog-nosed snakes will feign death by rolling onto their back, sticking out their tongue and even expelling a foul odor.

When threatened, hog-nosed snakes will feign death by rolling onto their back, sticking out their tongue and even expelling a foul odor.

Ring-necked Snake

Ring-necked snakes are very small.

Ring-necked snakes are very small.

Ring Neck Snakes are very small nonpoisonous snakes that live on the forest floor. They eat insects and other small prey and lay eggs.

Rat Snakes

Rat snakes are constrictors and will climb high into large trees in search of prey. They can stretch half their body length to reach a spot to grab onto.

Rat snakes are constrictors and will climb high into large trees in search of prey. They can stretch half their body length to reach a spot to grab onto.

Black Racer Hunting

Head held high searching for prey.

Head held high searching for prey.

Did you take the quiz? How did you do? Did you learn something fun or unusual?

Please leave a comment before you slip away.


Hiss Out! - How did you do?

anonymous on July 18, 2014:

Did not do great. Very educational though.

suepogson on July 10, 2013:

I learned a lot. Thanks!

seemarahate on June 01, 2012:

Your shows look very useful,Thanks

Kara Hara on May 28, 2012:

Thanks for the interesting and informative lens

FallenAngel 483 on May 20, 2012:

Great lens. Quite a few of those snakes are for sale in pet shops over here. I much prefer to see photos of them in the wild where they belong!

Deadicated LM on April 24, 2012:

Not a big fan of snakes, although I did enjoy your Lens/Quizzies.

Yvonne L B (author) from Covington, LA on April 08, 2012:

@anonymous: Yes, you are so right, but since most of the general public only knows the word "poisonous" I use it frequently. Sometimes I will put both, so that the better educated will be happy, too.

anonymous on April 07, 2012:

Venomous, Not poisonous.

anonymous on March 19, 2012:

just took the test and scored 6 out of 10. Really do not like snakes but was glad to find out that the one that slithered away off my walk way into my flower bed was probably a blue runner. I am still afraid at this point to work in my garden but feel better knowing that if this snake was non-poisonous it is not a threat to me.

anonymous on March 19, 2012:

just took the test and scored 6 out of 10. Really do not like snakes but was glad to find out that the one that slithered away off my walk way into my flower bed was probably a blue runner. I am still afraid at this point to work in my garden but feel better knowing that if this snake was non-poisonous it is not a threat to me.

AkaProfessorMike on November 02, 2011:

Very informative and useful lens! Get read!

adamfrench on September 23, 2011:

Great lens, thumbs up

TravelingRae on September 23, 2011:

Wonderful lens! I learned so much about snakes in Louisiana.

dvpwli on July 21, 2011:

awful i want to see in real

anonymous on July 19, 2011:

love snakes tbh

BlueDunDan on July 12, 2011:

Hello naturegirl, this lens is right up my ally. it was fun to check it out and take the quiz. I got em all right! I'm a nature lover too.

CarynJSwift56889 on June 02, 2011:

the outline of the lens if great~

ben186422 on May 29, 2011:

Learned about some great snakes. Thanks.

pimbels lm on May 26, 2011:

I did not do very good in the quiz, but I learned a lot. Thank you for a great lens.

JanezKranjski on April 24, 2011:

Some of this snakes are surprisingly small.

bdkz on April 18, 2011:

Very cool lens!

yourgoldenfuture on April 16, 2011:

have no idea at all

Renaissance Woman from Colorado on April 16, 2011:

I was the most expert regarding the Kingsnake since I've had a few encounters with some that like to surprise me on my property (and scare the living daylights out of me). Started reading about them so I would know what to expect. They can stay and keep the rodent population under control. Scariest experience I ever had was with cottonmouths and waterskiing in Texas. Holy heart-attack, Batman!

anonymous on October 27, 2010:

Oh, you meant actually living in Louisiana! I'm not an expert guesser I guess or did I guess? We'll settle out of court for 70% but 100% of fun, sure hope I don't have snakey dreams tonight, glad I took this early in the day, lol.

anonymous on October 27, 2010:

Oh, you meant actually living in Louisiana! I'm not an expert guesser I guess or did I guess? We'll settle out of court for 70% but 100% of fun, sure hope I don't have snakey dreams tonight, glad I took this early in the day, lol.

Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on October 07, 2010:

With the embarrassing score of 30%, I will be slithering outta here on my belly. Hope I don't run into any snakes on the way because I obviously won't be able to tell the good guys from the bad guy. Thumbs up on this brain constrictor of a quiz, though.

anonymous on September 23, 2010:

missed 2 dang it

Mart903 on September 12, 2010:

Quite interesting quiz. Will definitely have to come back to take it again. Thx for sharing!

RedSportNiac on September 10, 2010:

It looks like I should stay away from them cause I don't know much about them.

VarietyWriter2 on September 10, 2010:

Not good...but that's ok because I'm not a fan of snakes anyway

KimGiancaterino on September 10, 2010:

That was fun. I don't seem to know much about Louisiana snakes, though!

Linda Hoxie from Idaho on September 09, 2010:

Wow, I didn't know any snake had live births! Amazing, thanks for the fun.

missbat on September 09, 2010:

I guess I didn't know that much about snakes found in Louisiana. Fun quiz!

Yvonne L B (author) from Covington, LA on March 21, 2010:

This lens has been featured on the Snakes of Louisiana ( https://discover.hubpages.com/animals/snakes_louis ).

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on March 20, 2010:

i got poor marks. 5 correct answers. but very interesting lens.

Yvonne L B (author) from Covington, LA on March 19, 2010:

Snake Queen here! Those herps definitely need some respect. Loved the quiz.

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