Countries with NO Snakes

Guess the countries of the world that have no native, terrestrial snake species.
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Last updated: December 12, 2017
First submittedJanuary 27, 2017
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Country
Cape Verde
Iceland
Ireland
Kiribati
Marshall Islands
Country
Nauru
New Zealand
Tuvalu
Vatican City
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Level 79
Jan 27, 2017
Damn snakes are everywhere!!!
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Level 62
Jan 27, 2017
Yup, even on planes!
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Level 33
Apr 25, 2018
Jock, you know I hate snakes!
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Level 15
May 19, 2020
not on planes, you are talking about Roblox
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Level 82
Apr 24, 2018
Why'd it have to be snakes?
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Level 30
May 19, 2020
Got em all
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Level 78
Dec 12, 2017
I'd argue Vatican City. There may not be any snakes there right at this moment but at any given time one could make its way there from Italy. Unless I'm mistaken, Vatican City shares infrastructure with Rome. A snake could make it there as easy as a tourist walking from the Pantheon to St. Peter's Square. Hell, the Tiber is within throwing distance.
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Level 72
Dec 12, 2017
In 1756, Pope Innocent IV officialy declared that "there are no snakes", so that's that.
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Level 49
Dec 12, 2017
He called in St Patrick, patron saint of ophiophobics.
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Level 64
Apr 24, 2018
Remember when the Catholic church declared that beavers were fish so they could be eaten on Fridays? I'm not sure I trust the Pope when it comes to biology. ;)
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Level 69
Apr 24, 2018
As the snake, to Christians, represented pagan beliefs maybe he was speaking metaphorically? St Patrick is credited with having been mainly responsible for introducing Christianity to Ireland and so was also credited with having banished the "snakes".
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Level 51
May 20, 2020
Sulfuratus, I don't know if you're reading this right now, but in the Bible, the Hebrew word used for "fish" means something closer to any animal that inhabits the water. That's why bats and locusts are in one portion translated as "birds", when in English it doesn't really make much sense. So what they were actually doing is assuring people that they could eat beavers, just like we can eat any marine animal, not just biological fish.
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Level 68
Dec 12, 2017
For me this quiz needs masses more time. I only know one country that has no snakes (I live in it) the rest is a process of elimination. 90 seconds doesn't leave much time for the dozens of potential answers
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Level 83
Dec 12, 2017
I missed 2 of the countries. And I knew one right as I ran out of time. I don't think it needs any more time, there's enough quizzes where you can type in half the world and get them answers. If you are clever about it there isn't that many countries you need to guess.
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Level 82
Dec 12, 2017
Yeah, basically islands and the tricky one.
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Level 68
Dec 13, 2017
You must b able to type a lot faster than me, I was less than half way through the islands when I ran out of time.
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Level 31
Apr 24, 2018
There's a subreddit on Reddit that this comment would be perfect for.
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Level 74
May 19, 2020
the only ones I knew going in were iceland and ireland. I agree about the Vatican, it's just a neighborhood of Rome and I guarantee there are snakes in Rome, at least as pets
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Level 72
Dec 15, 2017
I think the percentages support the argument that it needs more time, too.
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Level 58
Apr 24, 2018
Quizzes aren't designed for everyone to get 100%.
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Level 80
Jul 2, 2018
@MisterDuhn The girls must be impressed with how quick you are. I thought quizzes were to see how much knowledge you hold and to learn. Nobody's keeping track here for a competitive hiring process involving how rapidly someone can rattle off cocoa producing nations or to name the archdukes of the First World War.
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Level 67
May 20, 2020
Yea if you only know 2 you only know two, you don't need enough extra time to be able to type all the countries in the world, that kind of defeats the purpose of the quiz. You do need time to be able to make a few educated guesses imo, and I think it allows for that.
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Level 33
Apr 24, 2018
I think one more minute would work. There should be some time to think about it but not enough to just type half the countries in the world. Like when it endedI just thought of the pacific islands countries but didn't have the chance to try them.
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Level 70
Dec 12, 2017
Tough quiz. The island nations would've been complete guesses for me aside from Nauru, which I guessed because it's so small.
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Level 62
Dec 12, 2017
Should've known they were all islands nations (excluding VC of course).
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Level 65
Dec 13, 2017
Is there any pattern to which islands have snakes? Or is it pure chance, such as a sea snake being blown by storms and ending up in Maldives?
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Level 65
Dec 13, 2017
It says, "native snake species." If, at one point all snakes were removed from Vatican City, then no snakes there would be native. They are all migratory from Italy.
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Level 67
May 20, 2020
If the species got evicted they would still be native if they were to crawl back, being banned does not change your roots ;)
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Level 81
Dec 13, 2017
Yeah, I've always been worried about all those dangerous native Liechtenstein snakes!
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Level 14
Dec 13, 2017
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but since NZ is right next to Australia, you'd think there would be some variety of native snake
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Level 62
Dec 13, 2017
NZ is hardly next to Australia. It's +2000 km (~1350 mi) from Australia to NZ. I don't see many snakes swimming the distance just for the hell of it. It would be more possible (but as unlikely) for the snakes to swim to Ireland from the UK.
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Level 53
Dec 14, 2017
only time NZ get snakes is when they hitch a ride on a plane or boat. makes the news every time :)
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Level 64
Apr 24, 2018
Think about this: if New Zealand had snakes, than it wouldn't be the homeland of all its weird wingless birds! They literally forgot how to fly because there were no predators to treat them!!! :D
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Level 67
May 20, 2020
I would say the birds would be the treat for the snakes ;)
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Level 67
May 20, 2020
Btw I have this image now of some predators and birds sitting in a circle with some beers and snacks haha, predators treat!

Around a little fire ofcourse, maybe a movie projected ;) Sounds fun ( as long as the treats weren't to fatten them up, and they would end as main course at the end of the night!)

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Level 63
Apr 24, 2018
Australia has the most poisonous animals, and New Zealand has none! I love camping here!
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Level 62
Apr 24, 2018
I would love to go camping there some time, but it's a loong, loong way to go for a camping trip (to the other side of the earth to be exact).
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Level 78
Apr 24, 2018
Do you have mosquitoes or buffalo gnats/black flies?
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Level 70
Apr 24, 2018
we do have mosquitoes. I don't know what buffalo gnats are, but as well as mosquitoes we have a much more common biting insect called sandflies.
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Level 78
May 19, 2020
My definition of paradise is a place with no venomous snakes (I like nonvenomous ones), no mosquitoes or other biting insects, no highly-venomous spiders, and low humidity. Does such a place exist? (besides Antarctica)
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Level 37
Jul 9, 2019
Waters are colder in NZ ... no snakes here ... we do though have the odd Aussie Mossie, and spider who have migrated to NZ .. not saying Aussie's are odd at all!
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Level 22
Apr 24, 2018
i don't know about you guys but i'm about to drop off a few snakes to these places
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Level 60
Apr 25, 2018
No snakes in Ireland or New Zealand? A bit surprising!
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Level 47
Feb 15, 2020
There's a legend that St. Patrick banished all the snakes, so them having no snakes kinda seeped into popular consciousness
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Level 60
Apr 25, 2018
To all these countries I would like to offer some of our lovely Australian snakes. We have plenty to share.
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Level 44
Apr 25, 2018
Thank you St Patrick for clearing my little island of all those buggers
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Level 40
Apr 25, 2018
Why NO In Capitals? AFRICA NO SNAKES?
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Level 49
Apr 25, 2018
I guess I won't be traveling to Cape Verde any time soon.
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Level 79
May 19, 2020
Why? Are you a snake?
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Level 22
Apr 27, 2018
just to let you know that northern Ireland has no snakes and is a country on its own it might be part of Ireland but it is still a country without snakes.
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Level 74
Jun 10, 2019
It's part of the UK, which has snakes.
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Level 72
May 19, 2020
Country = fully sovereign state in most contexts, including this.
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Level 57
Apr 27, 2018
brb movin'
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Level 80
Jul 2, 2018
No snakes in Vatican toilets? Oh wait, that's supposed to be alligators.
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Level 62
Nov 6, 2018
New Zealand has no snakes? That's surprising, because Australia has so many snakes, and some of them are sea snakes that could travel to New Zealand.
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Level 74
Jun 10, 2019
As someone pointed out above, it's over 2,000km between the two.
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Level 69
May 19, 2020
New Zealand do have sea snakes, they have been reported many times north of Auckland. Usually the Yellow Bellied Sea Snake.
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Level 39
Nov 26, 2018
Does Monaco have snakes??
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Level 76
Dec 3, 2018
Yep, especially at the baccarat tables.
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Level 63
Jan 20, 2020
I was so focused on isolated island countries that I missed Vatican City. Didn't even think about it.
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Level 47
Feb 15, 2020
Vatican City is kind of a stretch. The description says that it measures native species, and there are snakes native to Italy in the area around Rome. Does this list not count places with snakes expelled by human actions? If it simply counts the presence of snakes, then places with invasive populations of snakes wouldn't be included. Here's a source I found on the spread of snakes: https://www.popsci.com/places-with-no-snakes/
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Level 52
May 19, 2020
Short but one of the most difficult quiz here on JetPunk.
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Level 79
May 19, 2020
I didn't realize that Saint Patrick had been so successful. And I also dispute the Vatican. A veritable nest of vipers that place is. Plus... I assume any snake native to Italy could potentially be found in the Vatican. Kind of silly to say it's not "native" just because the area is so small and has been paved over... maybe they were temporarily displaced and came back, did they lose their native status in that interval? I guess. maybe.
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Level 65
May 19, 2020
I'm pretty sure the Vatican is full of SNAKES
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Level 44
May 19, 2020
How did only 65% get Ireland? St. Patrick's Day?
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Level 64
May 19, 2020
Yeah, I really facepalmed when I saw that answer.
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Level 67
May 20, 2020
I think many people in the world (including me) have no idea what st Patrick's day is about. (Besides obviously ireland and UK, no idea about the US). And think about people drinking and stuff coloured green. That is the main image you get from a country where it isnt celebrated.

I actually did know there were no snakes ireland and that it was supposedly been the work of a saint, don't think I knew they were talking about thát st Patrick. (and somehow I always mix up the one that got rid of the snakes with the one that slayed a dragon, st George ( we call him Joris)

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Level 20
May 19, 2020
Love this game, can I be informed about the sources of your answers?
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Level 67
May 20, 2020
The source is allready given, it is in the description
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Level 33
May 21, 2020
How can you say that Vatican City doesn't have snakes when Italy has 19 different species, do they have snake checkpoints at the border to stop them from entering?
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Level 32
May 21, 2020
There are no native snakes. Meaning no type of snake originated in that country. I was surprised that the other small countries weren't on the list.
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Level 32
May 21, 2020
lol how did I guess san marino and not vatican city?
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Level 50
Jun 1, 2020
Why did I guess Indonesia?