The world is full of amazing, beautiful, strange, and dangerous animals. Each biome has its own predators, pray, and unique animals that can live nowhere else. From amphibians to birds, to mammals, to fish and insects, all animals have their unique strengths and quirks that make them fascinating to learn about. They have unique life cycles which, like all animals, start at birth.
Do you know whether a lion or a shark gives birth to more animals at once? How about pigeons? How many babies can they have at once? Does a human or a cow give birth to more young at a time? There are certainly many options and different sorts of animals to explore in the natural world. In fact, in some species of animals, it is not even the female that gives birth at all. Some species barely have those basic gender characteristics at all or they lack them at all.
If you are a true animal expert who knows the animal kingdom up and down, put your knowledge of all things animal to the ultimate test. See if you can guess how many young different animals can give birth to at one time with this shocking quiz!
The average dog litter consists of 5-6 puppies. However, this varies widely and can be higher or lower depending on the breed.
Sharks give birth from 1 to 100 pups at a time. Some species of sharks lay eggs and some grow their babies inside them. Egg-laying sharks tend to have more children at once.
Female hummingbirds lay two eggs per season. Over the course of their lifetime, they usually lay only about 12 eggs.
Cats usually have between 2 and 5 kittens at a time. While it can happen, usually cats do not give birth to more than five babies at a time.
Female cobras usually lay roughly 20-40 eggs at a time. They stand guard over the eggs and defend them from predators until they hatch.
Pandas give birth to 1-2 cubs at once. In the case of two being born, the mother will usually abandon the weaker cub.
Cows almost always give birth to only one calf at a time. Twins are rare, and it is extremely rare for them to birth more than one or two calves at a time.
Depending on their species, spiders can lay between 2 and 1,000 eggs at a time. Most female spiders wrap their eggs in a protective silk egg sack and guard it until they are born.
Male seahorses can birth between 5 and 1,000+ babies at a time. However, only about 5 out of 1,000 of these incredibly tiny children will survive to adulthood.
Kangaroos generally have one baby annually. However, they can have up to three at one time.
Barn owls usually lay 5-6 eggs at a time. These eggs take about a month to incubate and hatch.
Bat babies are called pups. Female bats usually have one pup each per season.
Whales are marine mammals and like most mammals, they usually give birth to one kid at a time. They give birth every one to six years and their gestation period can last from 9 to 18 months.
The egg case of a praying mantis can hatch about 100-200 extremely tiny mantises all at once. They usually lay their eggs during the summer, during which they also hatch.
The female crocodile can lay up to 60 eggs at a time. These eggs take about three months to hatch.
Salmon can lay between 2,000 and 5,000 eggs. After they lay those eggs, they die.
Lionesses usually have a litter of 2-3 babies at a time. Lion babies are called cubs.
How many eggs chameleons can lay at once depends on their size. Small chameleons may lay 1 or 2 eggs, while larger chameleons may lay up to 100 at a time.
Most horses have one baby at a time. While rarely they might have twins, these births are often complicated and one or both of the foals do not survive.
Swans lay up to 10 eggs at a time. However, usually a few of the eggs do not make it.
Snails lay hundreds of eggs. However usually only 20-50 of them successfully hatch.
How many eggs lobsters can carry depends on their size. A 9-pound female lobster can carry more than 100,000 eggs.
Elephants have one baby at a time, though twin births may also occur rarely. Elephants carry their babies inside them for almost two years before they give birth.
Giraffes almost always give birth to one baby at a time. In rare instances, they might have twins.
Some jellyfish can lay as many as 45,000 eggs in a single night. This, however, depends on the kind and size of the jellyfish.
Female clams can produce between 100,000-1,000,000 eggs at a time. Over the course of their lifetime, they can create up to 40,000,000 eggs.
Parrots lay between 2-8 eggs at once. Parrot parents take turns sitting on the eggs to keep them warm while they incubate.
In ant colonies, only the queen gives birth. She can lay up to 300,000 eggs over the course of a few days.
Sea Turtles lay about 110 eggs in a nest. However, they may have between 2-8 nests per season.
Monkeys usually have one baby at a time. They give birth to one baby roughly every 2-3 years.
Moose babies are called calves. Moose usually give birth to 1-3 calves at a time.
Red fox young are called kits. A mother fox usually has between 1-10 kits per litter.
Ostrich lay about 7-10 eggs each. Female ostriches place their eggs in communal nests, which may have as many as 60 eggs in each.
While goats average two kids per pregnancy, 1-3 is normal. Their gestation lasts about 150 days.
Anacondas, unlike most other snakes, give birth to live babies instead of laying eggs. They can give birth to up to 40 live babies at a time.