Can You Identify All These Forest Animals From One Image?

Jennifer Post

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About This Quiz

A forest animal is commonly defined as any undomesticated animal that lives in the wild. That definition has expanded to include any organism that grows or lives in the wild that was not placed there by humans. The forest is a strange place for these animals and insects to live because for the most part they live in harmony with each other, but the food chain is still ever-present. As time progresses, forest animals have learned defense mechanisms to protect them against their predators and lines of offense in order to catch prey. It truly is a world unto itself.

There are thousands, if not tens of thousands, of species of animals that live in forests, especially since some are native to only certain areas and others are more common that you'll find in almost any forest, including the woods on the side of the highway. So how can one possibly name them all? Easy. A lot of them are ones you actually know but maybe don't realize live in the forest or never knew the name for. If you think you can identify all of the forest animals in this quiz by just one picture, take it now to find out!

Which horned and hoofed forest animal has made appearances in multiple Disney animations?

Deer are one of the most common forest animals, and you've most definitely seen one driving on a highway at night. They like being buried deep in the trees, but they feel safe when it's hard to retreat to open areas.

Which omnivorous forest animal has small, upright ears and a long bushy tail?

There are different varieties of fox, and species vary in color, size and other features. The staple things that make a fox recognizable are it's slightly upturned snout, upright triangle ears and flattened skull.

You won't find this striped orange animal in just any average forest. Which is it?

Tony the Tiger isn't the only tiger you'll see out and about, but you have to look very closely. And also, if you do see one, you should probably back up very, very slowly, as this large animal is extremely territorial.

Which forest animal is long-clawed, slow-moving, sleeps for most of the day and cutest when wearing pajamas?

Sloths have also appeared in some animated movies, but the real-life version is also insanely cute. It's named for its slow metabolism and deliberate movements. There used to be a giant sloth species that was as big as some dinosaurs!

Seeing one of these giant antlered animals in the woods of New England is quite alarming. Which forest animal can grow up to seven feet tall?

Female species of moose are called cows, but not the cows that you know and love. They also don't have flat and wide antlers like the male of the species, shown here, unless they are suffering from some kind of hormone imbalance.

Which forest animal is considered a rodent and features that signature flat, thwapping tail?

Beavers take family pretty seriously. Each unit consists of an adult male and an adult female in a monogamous setting as well as their offspring. If the family goes up to ten members, the beavers will build lodges for them all to live in.

This forest animal is in the same family as rabbits but has longer ears and lives alone or in pairs. Which is it?

A hare is similar in size to rabbits, and they also have similar diets. Hares are incredibly fast, and their babies are born being able to fend for themselves, as opposed to being born helpless and blind.

Tap tap tap! Which long-beaked forest animal makes that notorious jackhammer sound?

This variety of bird can range in size from very tiny to large ones measuring over 20 inches in length. One thing they all have in common is the habit of pecking at trees, but sometimes the sides of houses, which is actually a form of communication.

This small, striped, adorable rodent feasts on nuts, seeds and fruits, just to name a few! Which forest animal is it?

Chipmunks are so small and fast that if you don't look at the right time, you'll miss it! They also blend in with the ground due to their brown color. Their one giveaway is their signature stripe down the back.

Another one you'll want to back away from slowly if you see one! Which animal is often called a grizzly bear?

The colors of brown bears can vary, and their fur is usually not all brown. Their size is scary, but their claws is where the real fear comes in. They're long, sharp and can be on you in the blink of an eye.

Which deer-like herbivores are known for their long necks, thin legs, large ears and curved horns?

The size of antelopes vary greatly, and the baby ones looks just like fawns. Some species live in the forests and woodlands, which makes it easier for them to have access to the plants that comprise their diet.

Which forest animal is a member of the weasel family and has orange fur on its throat and chest?

The marten is so similar to another animal called a fisher that it's key to point out small differences. Where the marten has orange on the throat and chest, the fisher does not.

Which forest dweller is considered one of earth's most toxic creatures and uses colors to ward off potential predators?

The poison dart frog eats most insects and small bugs such as flies, ants and termites. It's said that the tiny beetles they eat are what contributes to them being such a poisonous forest amphibian.

Which forest animal gets its name from its disproportionately long limbs and tails and the way it slinks through branches?

These monkeys are considered New World monkeys, and the spider monkeys have the biggest heads of all the New World species. Be prepared for a menacing growl if you ever approach a spider monkey.

You really don't even have to be in a forest to see which food storing, tree climbing, bushy-tailed rodent?

Squirrels are fast little rodents that you'll see scurrying up trees, on patio railings and even on telephone wires. What are they moving so fast for? Who knows. But what we do know is they can live in almost any climate, including a tropical rain forest.

They hold hands when they sleep so they don't drift away from their mate for life. Which forest animal lives in a den and is maybe the cutest one yet even with its large webbed feet?

Otters recently swept the world when a photo went viral of two otters holding hands while sleeping so they didn't drift away from each other. Not only are they cute, but they're extremely resourceful, using their strong muscles and ability to breathe under water to attain food.

You won't see this forest animal scurrying up a tree, but you may see it soaring between the tree tops. Which is it?

Though similar to regular squirrels, flying squirrels do have some differences. Their limbs and tail are longer, but their hand and foot bones are shorter. Oh, and then there's the parachute-like membrane that helps them glide from one tree to another.

Some are venomous, while some just like to hang out in the garden. Which legless forest creature is it?

Snake doesn't just mean one type of reptile. There are hundreds of species of snakes, including some that will kill you in ten seconds and others that won't harm you at all. If you can't tell which is which, best to read up on the signature markings on poisonous snakes.

Which forest animal did most of your friends probably have as a pet growing up due to its small size, but it's now illegal to do so in part of the U.S.?

Gerbils pose a great risk to natural ecosystems, which is why it is now illegal to have one as a pet in California. Their size and demeanor make for a perfect pet, though. They're small, can fit in a cage and don't need to be walked every morning at 6 a.m.

This isn't the cute, curly-tailed animal in "Charlotte's Web" but a long-snouted, mangey-furred forest animal. Which is it?

They might not be the cutest animal, but they are very social. They travel in packs of up to twelve other pigs but unfortunately are hunted quite often in South Africa. Their foraging has become a nuisance to the agriculture.

With their short legs made for digging and its signature white mark on its forehead, which forest animal can be tamed as kept as pets?

The dog Dachshund was actually bred for the purpose of hunting badgers. They eat pretty much anything, and sometimes their consumption of rotting fruit has effects similar to alcohol.

Which forest animal comes with its own form of armor and long, sharp claws for digging?

There are only two surviving families in the armadillo order. Their shell is tough, almost leathery, and helps them defend themselves against predators. In this day and age, they all resides in the forests of South America.

Seen in a popular Disney movie, which forest animals, with menacing faces and razor-sharp teeth, are no laughing matter?

Hyenas have very similar behavior to dogs. They ward off predators from being able to get their kill, and even in their physical make-up, they resemble dogs more than felines. They groom themselves more similarly to cats, though.

Don't get stuck by one of these deceptively cute forest rodents. Which one looks like it has long, luscious hair but is something else entirely?

The name "porcupine" comes from words meaning "pig" and "spine" or "quill." Their sharp parts are pretty laid back until they feel threatened, and then they stand up ready to attack whatever is approaching.

Which cute and spiky little animals are taking the internet by storm and can basically roll up into a little ball?

Because of their small size and cute faces, people have started to keep hedgehogs as pets. While this is acceptable for some species of hedgehog, make sure to check your state laws and read up on care and feeding — and make sure to keep small tubes away from them so they don't their faces stuck in them.

Stand up big and tall to hear this question! Which forest animal stands on its rear legs to to absorb heat after a cold night?

Standing on their hind legs helps them absorb heat because it exposes their belly, which isn't fully covered with hair and reveals their skin underneath. You can find them in the forests and deserts of Africa and South Africa.

No pressure being the largest living rodent in the world. Which barrel-shaped forest animal wins that award?

The capybara is a rodent, but they can weigh up to 200 pounds. They feed on grasses and aquatic plants, which makes them a pretty great forest animal. They can be picky, though, eating the leaves of one tree but completely ignoring another.

Do you want to save 15% on car insurance? If so, which warm-climate-loving forest animal can help you?

Did you know that a gecko's body temperature is entirely dependent on the climate it lives in? If only humans could be that adaptable! They do prefer warm climates, though, and are found all over the world.

Which forest reptile has species that can range in size from small chameleons to large Komodo dragons?

Lizard is a pretty general term. Some are legless and have snake-like bodies, but snakes are not lizards. Others have four tiny legs that help them scurry up trees or along skinny branches. The smaller ones eat mostly insects, but the larger they can, the larger their prey gets.

You usually hear these forest animals before you see them, and then when you see them, they really come out of nowhere. Which is it?

These are insects that you'll find in pretty much as grassy and woody area, making forests a perfect home for the little jumpers. The grasshopper itself isn't scary, but it is quite startling when one jumps at your face with seemingly no warning.

Take a seat at your pew and settle in for a long service. Which forest insect is always ready for a little worshipping?

The way their enlarged legs bend on their bodies makes it look like they're constantly in prayer, hence the name. But in reality, they evolved that way to make it easier for the dainty insect to grab its prey and get it to its mouth as quickly as possible.

Don't let these little guys fool you; one day, they will be as beautiful as can be. Which forest creature takes flight later in life?

Caterpillars on their own can be incredibly beautiful and interesting to look at, but it's what happens later in their life cycle that have people raving. They turn into butterflies, of course!

Which forest amphibians get their name from their rich color, have bulging eyes and live in underground burrows during the dry season?

Male golden toads are actually extinct, unfortunately. Native to the Costa Rican cloud forests, these toads emerge in March and April so they can enjoy the rain pools that Mother Nature has blessed the forests with.

Put some sweet water out in your yard and you'll attract which beautiful forest bird?

Native to the Americas, hummingbirds are some of the smallest birds in existence. The "humming" part of their name supposedly comes from the sound their wings make, since they move so fast.

Which forest-dwelling bird of prey can have an almost 8-foot wingspan?

Golden eagles build their nests on cliffs of other easy access areas that they can quickly flee too or carry food back to. They also want to make sure their nests are somewhere they can return to for several years when its time to breed.

Coming in at a whopping eight inches in length, which New World monkey species has no wisdom teeth?

There are so many interesting characteristics about marmosets. Their eyes are incredibly close together, their brain layout is similar to other larger primates and they live in the upper canopies of forest trees feeding on insects, fruit and leaves.

Also known as a rat, which whiskered forest animal is considered an endangered species?

There's a large population of white-tailed mice (also known as white-tailed rats) in South Africa, where they live in woodlands and shrubby areas. It's quite small but still considered large for the type of animal. Be careful if you encounter any of these mice, as they tend to carry diseases harmful to humans.

Human interference in their natural habitats have caused concern over which tough-shelled forest creature?

Since they like to live in, on and near wooded areas, it's no wonder that space is running out for them. Cutting down trees or clearing ones that are laying on the forest floor isn't leaving much living space for these turtles.

Which spiral-horned and hoofed forest animal is active at different times of day depending on the weather and feeds upon foliage, fruits and grasses?

The male type of Nyala has hair glands on their feet that allow them to leave their scent wherever they walk. A lot of the physical characteristics between the males and females vary greatly, but only the males have the spiral horns.

Which forest animal sounds like another common pest but is actually part of the lizard family and has no pronounced neck?

This couldn't be more different than a skunk, even though they're only separated by one vowel. These are lizards in almost their truest form, except for the no-neck thing. Most have short and stout limbs, but some have none at all.

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