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Snake Knowledge

Can you answer these random trivia questions about snakes?
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First submittedJanuary 16, 2018
Last updatedJanuary 20, 2018
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What is the longest type of snake?
Reticulated Python
What is the heaviest type of snake?
Green Anaconda
Which country has 5 of the 10 most venomous snakes?
Australia
According to legend, who rid Ireland of snakes?
Saint Patrick
Other than Ireland, what European country doesn't have snakes?
Iceland or Vatican City
What country suffers the most human deaths by snakebite?
India
What "ology" includes the study of snakes?
Herpetology
What mammal, starting with the letter M, is known to hunt snakes and is
resistant to their venom?
Mongoose
Who supposedly committed suicide via asp bite?
Cleopatra
What figure from Greek mythology had snakes for hair and could turn people to stone?
Medusa
What part of a snake's body is bifurcated?
Tongue
What is the longest venomous snake?
King Cobra
What fictional character owned a snake named Nagini?
Lord Voldemort
What type of snake accounts for the most snake-bite deaths in the U.S.?
Rattlesnake
What type of snake, featured in "Kill Bill", is both the world's fastest
snake and also the deadliest on the African continent?
Black Mamba
What S word is a synonym of snake?
Serpent
What part of a snake's body must it shed from time to time?
Skin
The Rod of Asclepius is a rod with a snake entwined around it. What profession was
the Greek god Asclepius associated with?
Medicine
What is the term for a type of snake that kills its victims by wrapping itself
around them and squeezing?
Constrictor
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level 76
Jan 18, 2018
Shouldn't "rattle" be sufficent for rattlesnake?
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level ∞
Jan 20, 2018
Ok
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level 82
Jan 18, 2018
He who shall not be named...
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level 77
May 31, 2018
That's the only one I didn't know right off the bat. I figured it was probably some Harry Potter character. Thanks!
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level 77
Jan 19, 2018
Please accept Patrick for Saint Patrick.
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level ∞
Jan 20, 2018
Ok
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level 69
Jan 26, 2018
Surely the Vatican has the odd snake making a visit from Italy from time to time
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level 60
Feb 6, 2018
There is probably no data. But as the Vatican is situated right inside the city of Rome I'd say it might actually be.
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level 49
May 31, 2018
How about some of those bishops?
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level 61
Oct 1, 2019
it is a only few hundred meters wide, by the time someone is there to count it, it has slithered outside the boundaries again.
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level 59
May 31, 2018
Herpetology is the correct answer the way the clue is set up. Ophidology/ophiology is the study of snakes.
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level 54
May 31, 2018
The idea of You-Know-Who owning Nagini... I'm pretty sure she just stuck with him out of respect. It's not like he went to the pet store and purchased her.
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level 58
May 31, 2018
He possessed her and then kidnapped her when Wormtail found him, milked her constantly and made her into a Horcrux. That's not what I'd call sticking with someone out of respect.
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level 76
May 31, 2018
Nagini stuck with him because he made her into a horcrux and a piece of his soul resided in her. He spoke parselmouth and could control her, although he seemed to really love her. There's a theory that Nagini was one of the animals he resided in while in phantom-form in Albania, and he made a horcrux of her when he killed Bertha Jorkins.
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level 68
May 31, 2018
I haven't read the book but it sounds like Rowing took the name of the snake, Nagini, right out of Rudyard Kipling's Riki tiki tavi. Another thing she lifted from other authors.
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level 79
May 31, 2018
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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level 72
May 31, 2018
Probably a tribute rather than "lifting." Fantasy genre is like music, you innovate on previous themes and make them your own. There are a lot of Tolkien influences and many others. She didn't invent witches, wizards, goblins, dragons, etc... HP is not my favorite, but I give her credit for a great original story and new innovations. I wish I had done it.
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level 67
May 31, 2018
Or they could have both pulled the name from the same mythological source.
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level 61
Oct 1, 2019
Naga is snake in sanskrit, and if you know anything about language or mythology or related subjects you realized words with the same roots have been used over and over, I cant tell you how often I can across it.

For me it is like saying, some made a fictional invention lets say that you can tast something from a distance. And calls it teletaster. And then someone saying "Ow !!! they stole/copied that from the television !!" the word tele has been used as a prefix for so many things, no one would call using tele stealing, not just because it has been used often, but because it means what it describes. "far" something far you use tele for, something snake like you use naga. Just check computer names, many snake like monsters have names with naga (or asp) in them. (you can learn a lot from game names, the devoloper usually dont just pick names but hail back on mythology or ancient history.It has a "downsde" though, many kids know names just from that instead of the actual thing).

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level 61
Oct 1, 2019

If anything you could say Kipling stole it... the word nagini allready literally excisted. You can research the root naga and all the places it has been used in and mytholgies around it for hours yourself. But here is an interesting article which shows a part of it

Edit: sorry missed marlowe comment. same link ;) but it is not the source, the word is much older. I mean the word isnt taken from the myth (though kipling might have taken the word directly from it yes, if that is what you meant by source, not source of the word itself, but source of kiplings use). but yes one of the ways/place a words with the root naga is used.

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level 47
May 31, 2018
Isn't Herpetology the study of frogs or amphibians or something?
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level 62
May 31, 2018
You could google it...
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level 77
May 31, 2018
Amphibians and reptiles.
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level 79
May 31, 2018
Is it just me, or do these animal knowledge quizzes always have at least one question that's like, "You have no idea, but just start guessing as many countries as you can"? Luckily I actually got that one right this time.
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level 75
Aug 20, 2019
Technically the tongue isn't the only bifurcated part of the snake's anatomy. Penis should also be accepted. (Sorry, I'm a reptile owner and know these things)
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level 61
Oct 1, 2019
I hadnt heard about that, and usually I decide to look things up then, to learn more about it (or in some cases when it smells like bs to see if there is truth to it). But I think I'll pass this time, and just take your word for it and leave it at that haha.

Weird though how low the scores is, I thought everyone knew a snake had a split tongue, or maybe they didnt know what bifurcated is? I knew and english isnt my language and we dont have a word that resembles it (just a word resembling split or spliced) and it is not a romance language either. I think the word is easy to remember. Everybody ( would hope) knows the prefix bi- and furcated looks like forked. And that is actually what it means (and where it comes from so not just a mnemonic) It is forked (in two).