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 United States are native to all states except:
A. Louisiana, Arkansas, OklahomaB. West Virginia, Carolina, MarylandC. Maine, Alaska, HawaiiD. North and South Dakota
2. When they bite, what percent of the time do snakes inject venom?
A. Less than 10 percentB. 10 to 20 percentC. 30 to 50 percentD. 100 percent
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. What does the bite of a rattlesnake look like?
A. A small circle that is red in the centerB. There is usually no markC. A scratchD. None of the above
7. What does the bite of a coral snake look like?
A. A small circle that is red in the centerB. There is usually no markC. A scratchD. None of the above
8. The venom injected by rattlesnakes causes which of the following reactions?
A. The victim's body bloats and turns redB. The victim dies within a few minutes of the biteC. There is swelling at the site of the bite, if venom was injectedD. The victim gets very sleepy and slips into a coma
9. Which snake has the least potent venom?
A. RattlesnakeB. CobraC. Coral snakeD. Water moccasin (cottonmouth)
10. 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. Quickly transport the person the nearest hospital or other medical care facilityC. Remain calm; chances for survival are excellentD. All of the above
11. 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 Plan
Online Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Venomous Snakes
Online Source: American College of Emergency Physicians Foundation. What to do in a Medical Emergency Snakebites
Author: Floria, Barbara
Online Editor: Sinovic, Dianna
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Online Medical Reviewer: Trevino, Heather M, BSN, RNC
Date Last Reviewed: 12/22/2014