93% of People Can't Crush This General Animal Knowledge Quiz. Can You?



By: Allie T.

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The animal kingdom: You could spend your entire life studying it, and there would always be more to learn. Few areas of study are quite as diverse or fascinating. Shrews, for example, have metabolisms so high, they have to eat at least three times their body weight daily. Canis familiaris, the domestic dog, is the most diverse species on earth. If there was as much genetic variation in humans as in dogs, the tallest of us would be seven feet tall, and the shortest just two feet tall!

You're probably not a zoologist but did take biology, zoology, or similar courses in school. Do you ever wonder how much you remember? If so, we've designed a quiz for you. For example, do you with which animal we humans share 98 percent of our DNA? Or what animal sleeps hanging upside down? And is a "liger" a thing? (No. No, it's not. We're not even going to test you on that one). 

So, whether you love domestic animals, like a dog or cat who shares your couch, or you're fascinated by animals that live in the wild, like the gorilla or jaguar, test your knowledge with our quiz. We promise that if you don't do well, you won't end up in the doghouse!

The ___________ is considered to be the oldest of domesticated dog breeds.

The first record of Afghan Hounds date back to 4,000 BC.


What large species of fish have an elongated body with strong jaws and rows of sharp teeth?

The barracuda use their abundance of sharp teeth to hunt larger prey.


What animal with wings, hangs upside down and sleeps during the day?

A bat can create a series of supersonic sounds to locate prey, using the sounds that bounce back to them.


An ___________ can lift up to 50 times its body weight.

An ant can also pull more than 30 times its own body weight.


The _______ is one of the largest types of cows in the world.

A bison can grow to be 9 ft tall and weigh 2,500 lbs.


A female chicken is called a ____________.

A male chicken is called a cockerel or rooster and a baby chicken is a chick.


Humans share 98% of their DNA with a ____________.

As part of the ape family, a chimpanzee is closely related to a gorilla and an orangutan.


A _________ turns into a butterfly or a moth.

After two or three weeks, the caterpillar builds a cocoon around it. Two weeks later it emerges as a butterfly or moth.


If a donkey and a horse mate, they produce a ________.

The mule will be infertile because of a genetic mutation caused by the horse/donkey DNA.


________ have excellent sight allowing them to detect movement from long distances.

The iguanas' sight allows them to detect prey or danger long before either sees them.


What are the two primary species of the elephant?

The Asian elephants are smaller than their African counterparts.


What is the largest bird native to Australia?

The emu is the second largest bird in the world, losing the contest to the ostrich, which is native to Africa.


What bird likes to stand on one leg?

When a flamingo stands on one leg, it is sleeping. Depending on what leg it's on, that side of the brain is turned on, while the other with the leg up is off and resting.


A gecko is a type of _______________.

The gecko is a small to medium-sized species of lizard, usually found in the tropical regions of the world.


___________ store food in their large cheek pouches to take back to their stash "underground."

Hamsters love to eat carrots, nuts, seeds, lettuce, grass, fruits, and berries.


What large hoofed animal has two humps on its back?

Camels are usually found in Northern Africa and the Middle East.


__________ sleep for 18 hours a day, 6 hours at a time.

A ferret awakes to eat and play and after an hour, usually goes back to sleep.


What is an adult female horse called?

A young female is called a filly, a young male is a colt, while an adult male is called a stallion.


A jackal is a member of the _________ family.

Jackals travel in packs of ten to thirty and work together like a wolf pack.


__________ bears are not part of the bear family, they are in fact marsupials.

A koala's large, wide face, and round, white-tufted ears give it an appearance of a bear.


A moose is also known as an ___________.

An elk or a moose is found in the cold regions of North America and Europe.


What bear inhabits the ice fields of the Arctic?

More than half of the polar bears can be found in Northern Canada with the others located in places like Russia, Alaska, and Greenland.


The female _____________ will carry all 15 of her babies on her back.

The female opossum has a pouch to take care of its young. After birth, the baby opossums crawl up into the pouch.


The _______ belongs to the same bird family as pheasants.

Quails are usually solitary birds, who will sometimes hangout with another quail.


Rabbits are _____________.

Rabbits eat mostly grass but also nibble on nuts, berries, fruits, and vegetables.


The _________ devil is a lizard specific to Australia.

The very rigid body structure consists of cone-shaped spikes. Its color allows it to blend into the ground.


The __________ seal is the largest species of seal.

There are two types of elephant seals. The Northern elephant seal is located in the Northern Hemisphere while the Southern elephant seal is located in the south.


There are at least 1 billion _________ on this planet, with most of them in commercial farming.

Sheep are farmed for their wool, meat, and milk.


A large carnivorous bird that eats the dead.

Vultures are skilled scavengers that are able to remove skin, feathers, and meat and only leave the skeleton behind.


An animal that is half horse and half zebra is called a _______.

When a male Zebra and a female Horse mate, a hybrid named Zorse is born. It looks like a horse with stripes.


What small species of monkey has gorgeous white fur that flows over its head and shoulders?

The Cottontop Tamarin lives in the fringe of the tropical forests and in trees from Costa Rica to Columbia.


The ___________ wolf can live year round in sub-zero temperatures.

The Arctic wolf spends five out of twelve months in complete darkness with his or her pack.


What big animal has horns made from keratin?

The rhinoceros is found in Asia and Africa with three of the five species on the critically endangered list.


The ________ toad produces a toxin that is used in arrow darts.

The Marine toad's toxin is called bufotoxin and is milked from the toad by the tribespeople in South America.


What semi-aquatic rodent is found in the UK and Europe?

The Water Vole lives on the riverbanks throughout Europe and the UK and is often mistakenly categorized as a mouse or rat.


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