Children's Health and Wellness

Take the Snakebite Quiz

They fascinate. They repel. Some pose a danger. Most are harmless. And whether they are seen as scary creatures or colorful curiosities, snakes play important environmental roles in the fragile ecosystems of the nation's wildlife areas.

1. The most common venomous snakes in the U.S. are native to all states except:
A. Louisiana, Arkansas, OklahomaB. West Virginia, Carolina, MarylandC. Maine, Alaska, HawaiiD. North and South Dakota
2. When a venomous snake bites, what might the bite look like?
A. Pale in colorB. A bruiseC. Small marks or woundsD. Small red bumps
3. When are venomous snakes safe to handle?
A. When they are babiesB. When they are asleepC. When they are deadD. None of the above
4. There are two varieties of coral snakes: eastern and western. The bite of the eastern coral snake is considered deadly. In which states would you be likely to find the eastern coral snake?
A. Maryland, VirginiaB. Alabama, MissouriC. North Carolina, GeorgiaD. West Virginia, Ohio
5. If a snake bites you, or someone you are with, what things are important to observe and remember?
A. How many times the snake bitB. How the bite felt (painful or painless)C. What the snake looked likeD. All of the above
6. If someone is bitten by a snake and you can't get help right away, what first aid can you give?
A. Keep the bite below the level of the heartB. Clean the area with soap and waterC. Cover the area with a clean dressingD. All of the above
7. What else can you do if you are with someone who is bitten by a snake?
A. Give the person an alcoholic drinkB. Try to suck the venom out of the woundC. Put ice on the biteD. None of the above
8. Which of these areas are places where snakes are often found?
A. High grassB. Piles of leavesC. In rocks or piles of woodD. None of the above
9. First aid for snakebite should include which of the following?
A. Avoid unnecessary activity and try to immobilize the part of the body that was bittenB. Call 911 or emergency servicesC. Try to remain calmD. All of the above
10. What can you do to lower your risk for being bitten?
A. Catch any snakes you see on a hike and move them off the trailB. Kill any snakes you see on a hikeC. Wear thick leather boots when hiking through tall grassD. None of the above
Print Source: Ahmed, SM. Emergency Treatment of a Snake Bite: Pearls from Literature. Journal of Emergencies, Trauma, and Shock. 2008;1(2):s97-s105.
Print Source: Created for Vitality magazine
Online Source: University of FLorida IFAS Extension. Emergency Snake Bite Action Planhttp://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pdffiles/UW/UW22600.pdf
Online Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Venomous Snakeshttp://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/snakes/
Author: Floria, Barbara
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: Holloway, Beth Greenblatt, RN, MEd
Online Medical Reviewer: Perez, Eric, MD
Date Last Reviewed: 11/1/2016