Can You Correctly Identify These Animals in Spanish?

By: Monica Lee
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Can You Correctly Identify These Animals in Spanish?
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About This Quiz

Spanish is everywhere. And you've probably picked up quite a bit just going about your daily activities. You may have taken a year of Spanish in high school, or college, or even learned some on your own. Now it's time to show off your knowledge. Since Spanish is similar to English in many ways, this quiz may be easy for you. But you still need to identify the animals in the pictures! So don't sit back and relax quite yet. 

This quiz will take you through jungles, around barnyards, under the sea and into the insect world. There are plenty of animals to identify in this quiz, and you may learn some fun facts about these animals while completing the quiz. You may already know that gato is cat, and perro is dog, and that mosquito is spelled the same in English and Spanish. However, you may not know the name for an octopus (pulpo) or a shark (tiburón). Naturally, you can figure it out with a hint or two, which are provided. So try your mano at it now. You're sure to be as wise as an búho or as clever as a zorro. Your quiz de animales awaits! 

Elephant
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What is the Spanish name of this animal?
Gato
Perro
Elefante
Caimán
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This is a fairly easy translation to identify. Elephant has many of the same letters as Elefante.

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Panther
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Even if you know Spanish, you still need to be able to identify the animal in the picture. What is it?
Tigre
León
Leopardo cazador
Pantera
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The panther is a beautiful and stealthy creature. It stays downwind from its prey and runs it down, pouncing and killing it.

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Parrot
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So you think you know your animal names in Spanish? Great! Then what is this?
Loro
Pollo
Pingüino
Gallo
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This intelligent bird can mimic human speech. Parrots are identified by their strong, curved bill, an upright stance, strong legs and clawed feet

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Dog
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Here's an easy one: What is the Spanish name of this animal?
Gato
Perro
Zorro
Coyote
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Wrong Answer

This is truly man's best friend. No matter the breed or whether you name him Fido, Rover or Max, you'll have a life-long companion with a dog.

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Cat
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Here's another house pet that may be easy to identify. What is its Spanish name?
León
Tigre
Leopardo cazador
Gato
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Wrong Answer

This furry feline is also a great companion. Easy maintenance and a purrfectly calm personality makes a cat an ideal household pet.

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Alligator
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Careful around the jaws of this one. What is its Spanish name?
Caimán
Cocodrilo
Pitón
Víbora
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Wrong Answer

An alligator is a deadly creature. It is known for eating men by using a "death roll."

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Spotted Turtle
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OK, not everyone has this as a house pet, but you might? What is its Spanish name?
Tortuga
Lagartija
Serpiente
Xhamster
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Wrong Answer

A turtle is a nice house pet. Quiet, not demanding and interesting to watch.

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Kit (Ferret)
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There are still more house pets that this might be. What is its Spanish name?
Xhamster
Gerbil
Hurón
Lagartija
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Wrong Answer

A ferret is a frisky pet that can bite and get into all types of trouble if left to its own devices. But it's a fur ball of love.

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Python
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Don't let this one wrap itself around you. What is its Spanish name?
Pitón
Cocodrilo
Vibora
Lagartija
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Wrong Answer

Weirdly, people have Pythons as pets. Some advice: don't. No matter who much you love them, they like to squeeze things tightly and then eat them.

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Crocodile
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Another one where you'll want to stay away from its jaws. What is its Spanish name?
Gerbil
Cocodrilo
Vibora
Lagartija
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Wrong Answer

Crocodiles are among the largest reptiles. Be careful around swamps as they live there and along the banks of rivers.

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Gaboon Viper Hero
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This one is poisonous, so stay away. What is its Spanish name?
Lagartija
Xhamster
Víbora
Tortuga
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Wrong Answer

All vipers are venomous and have long, hinged fangs. Vipers include rattlesnakes, cottonmouths and copperheads.

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Sand Lizard
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This reptile can be a house pet, too. What is its Spanish name?
Gerbil
Xhamster
Dragon de Komodo
Lagartija
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Wrong Answer

Lizards are the closest reptile that looks like a dinosaur, but they don't spark the innate fear that snakes inspire in many people.

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Roborovski Hamster
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What is the Spanish name of this furry little pet?
Gerbil
Xhamster
Ratón
Rata
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Hamsters are great pets as they are quite slow – even lethargic. This can make them easy to handle – even for small children.

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Gerbil
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What's the Spanish name for this cute ball of fur?
Ratón
Gerbil
Ratta
Ardilla
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Wrong Answer

Fun to watch and rarely, if ever, bite -- no matter what the situation. Gerbils are great pets.

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Komodo Dragon
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These jaws are poisonous, so getting bitten by one is a horrible fate. What is its name in Spanish?
León
Tigre
Leopardo cazador
Dragon de Komodo
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When the Komodo dragon bites, there are two glands in the lower jaw which secrete several toxic proteins. It paralyzes and suffocates its prey.

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Lion
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You'll need to be in the jungle to run into this animal. What's its name in Spanish?
León
Tigre
Leopardo cazador
Ardilla
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Wrong Answer

At the top of the food chain, the lion has very little to worry about from other predators. The huge mane, muscular chest and scary growl is enough to keep him King of the Jungle.

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Tiger
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Another jungle creature for you. What's its name in Spanish?
Leopardo cazador
Tigre
Ardilla
Ratón
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Wrong Answer

Another mammal without natural predators, the tiger kills and eats moose, deer, pigs, cows, horses, buffaloes and goats.

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Cheetah
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This is a big mammal. What is its name in Spanish?
Leopardo cazador
Ardilla
Ratón
Ratta
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Wrong Answer

Leopardo cazador is a cheetah. %0DIt's another large mammal you may find eating the other animals on this list, but they prefer bigger prey.

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Little Penguin
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What is the Spanish name of this animal?
Pingüino
Gallo
Pollo
Sello
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Wrong Answer

Seals will eat penguins along with other fish. Penguins can be found in Antarctic but not in the Arctic.

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Hooded Seal
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Known to eat penguins and other fish. What is the name of this animal in Spanish?
Sello
Morsa
Ballena asesina
Oso polar
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Wrong Answer

Although many of these will happily eat penguins, the picture shows a seal.

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Walrus
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It has tusks. What is the name of this animal in Spanish?
Morsa
Ballena asesina
Oso polar
Elephante
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Wrong Answer

We don't know if walruses know Morse code, but it's the answer. Walrus tusks are two modified upper canine teeth and Pacific walrus tusks may attain a length of one meter.

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Chicken
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You may order this animal for dinner. What is its name in Spanish?
Pollo
Filete
Pescado
Calamar
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Wrong Answer

Time for a nice chicken dinner? Be sure to order pollo when ordering in Spanish.

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Rooster
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You might find this animal around the farm. What is its Spanish name?
Gallo
Zorro
Cerdo
Vaca
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Wrong Answer

If you don't want to wake up early, you don't want a rooster on your property. However, you also won't get fertilized eggs either.

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Pig
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Here's another barnyard animal. What's its Spanish name?
Zorro
Cerdo
Vaca
Caballo
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Wrong Answer

If you like ham, bacon, pork chops and pulled pork, you want a few pigs on your farm.

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Cow
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OK, last barnyard animal. What is its Spanish name?
Vaca
Caballo
Zorro
Gato
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Wrong Answer

Cows are raised on the farm for milk and meat. They have a four-part stomach that digests the grass they eat.

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Fox
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Are you as clever as this creature? What's its name in Spanish?
Zorro
Caballo
Lobo
Perro
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Wrong Answer

"Clever as a fox" is a common saying. But people also say “wily like a fox” or “sly as a fox” for a reason. Foxes are very smart in ways that matter: finding food. Ask anyone with a chicken coop.

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Coyote
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They howl and yip. What is the name of this animal in Spanish?
Coyote
Lobo
Caballo
Perro
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Wrong Answer

Coyotes tend to howl and yip, whereas wolves usually only howl. Coyotes tend be smaller than both red and gray wolves.

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Squirrel
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They like to stay in trees. What is their name in Spanish?
Ratón
Ardilla
Ratta
Búho
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Wrong Answer

Building nests in trees, squirrels like to eat nuts and seeds, and bury any excess in the earth to find later.

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Owl
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These animals are said to be very wise. What is their name in Spanish?
Ballena asesina
Búho
Oso polar
Caballo
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Wrong Answer

The expression, "wise as an owl" came about because it was associated in prophecy and wisdom in many ancient cultures.

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Horse
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This animal played a major role in the "Old West." What is the Spanish name of this animal?
Caballo
Burro
Mula
Lobo
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Wrong Answer

Horses played a major role in taming the Wild West. They were used to herd cattle, deliver mail with the Pony Express, and help pioneers travel to settle in the Western states.

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Killer Whale
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You don't want to meet up with any of these in the water. However what is the Spanish name of the animal pictured?
Ballena asesina
Calamar
Oso Polar
Tiburón
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Wrong Answer

Orcas, or killer whales, feast on marine mammals such as seals, sea lions and even whales. They are deadly and have teeth that can be four inches long.

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Squid
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These can be tasty appetizers. What is the Spanish name of this animal?
Pulpo
Oso Polar
Tiburón
Calamar
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Wrong Answer

Many species of squid have a life span that is only about one year. They make great appetizers either grilled or fried.

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Polar Bear
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You might see this one at the north pole. What is its Spanish name?
Morsa
Oso polar
Ballena beluga
Tiburón
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Wrong Answer

Polar bears live in the Arctic, near the North Pole, and enjoy eating seals.

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Shark
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When you see this dorsal fin break the water, be careful. What's the Spanish name of this killer?
Ballena beluga
Tiburón
Pulpo
Ballena asesina
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Wrong Answer

Although you need to be careful with all these marine creatures, if you see the dorsal fin of a shark coming toward you, beware!

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Octopus
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The tentacles on this one are scary. What is the Spanish name of this sea creature?
Pulpo
Ballena beluga
Calamar
Araña
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Wrong Answer

The tentacles on an octopus are used for holding and grasping prey. Much like a starfish, it can still survive if its arm is cut off, as it will regrow a lost arm.

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Now let's switch to something a little smaller. What is the Spanish name of this creature?
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Now let's switch to something a little smaller. What is the Spanish name of this creature?
Araña
Mosquito
Mosca
Abeja
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Wrong Answer

"The itsy, bitsy spider walked up the water spout." They may not all be itsy bitsy, but they all belong to the largest order of arachnids.

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Bee
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This one has a stinger. What is its Spanish name?
Abeja
Avispa
Avispón
Mosquito
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Wrong Answer

If they make honey, they must be sweet. The abeja is a bee.

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European Hornet
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How about this insect. What's its Spanish name?
Avispón
Mosquito
Avispa
Mosca
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Wrong Answer

If you've ever been stung by a hornet, this will make you feel better: workers and males die in the fall or winter, and only the mated queens survive.

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Wasp
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You're at the second to last: What is the Spanish name for this animal?
Mosquito
Avispa
Mosca
Hormiga
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Although the sting hurts and they can sting repeatedly, they do good work. Nearly every pest insect is preyed upon by a wasp species.

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Mosquitoes
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We'll end on an easy one. What is the Spanish name for this insect?
Mosquito
Mosca
Hormiga
Ballena beluga
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Wrong Answer

Swat those mosquitoes if they are driving you crazy. You're swatting the females, they are the only ones that go out for blood. The male feeds on flower nectar.

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