Can You Identify All of These Nocturnal Creatures From an Image?

By: Tasha Moore
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Can You Identify All of These Nocturnal Creatures From an Image?
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About This Quiz

Nocturnal creatures continue to be a mystery to most humans, even those of us who crank out a weekly graveyard shift.  That's because many nocturnal species dwell in remote locations, like rainforests and ocean floors. Spotting the elusive night-dwelling animal requires patience and a bit of skill. Animals that were once diurnal (that is, most active during daylight hours) or both diurnal and nocturnal have shifted their behavior patterns in recent years. It seems these creatures have become hip to the ways of the human and solely prefer nighttime play in order to avoid human interaction. Go figure? Animals we call pests now deem humans so pesky, they try to avoid us entirely.

But, alas, the resolute rat still gives us humans hope for happy co-habitation...at least in the city that never sleeps. These days, you might find this not-so-rare (and not-so-small, at all) New York City rodent sharing a subway seat or even a slice of pizza with a fellow New Yorker. If you've ever tasted authentic New York City pizza, you'd understand the hype. It's so good, even sewer creatures risk life and limb to haul a hefty slice every now and again.

This quiz tests how well you know the world's creatures of the night. Match their likeness with relevant facts. Some facts are unique, while others are just downright bizarre. You'll soon discover that one nocturnal creature smells exactly like hot buttered popcorn, of all things. Another night-loving specimen can twist its hind parts an entire 180 degrees to better track prey at high speeds. Click on to learn more!


Bat-Eared Fox This big-eared fox is nocturnal during the summer and diurnal in the winter.
Fennec Fox
Bat-Eared Fox
Bat-eared foxes have exceptionally large ears that emit heat, which helps to keep their bodies cool. These foxes use both their ears and their tails to communicate with each other.
Kit Fox
Red Fox

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Kangaroo Which nocturnal creature native to Australia eats mostly plants?
Bandicoot
Bilby
Kangaroo
The herbivorous kangaroo occasionally eats insects. This animal has a plethora of incisors that help to break down plants, like moss, flowers and ferns.
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Walking Stick Mimicry of plants or other insects is which insect's best form of defense against predators?
Walking Stick
The walking stick is a nocturnal insect that easily disguises its thin frame among plants. It can also position its body to mimic other insects, such as ants, when faced with danger.
Scorpion
Cricket
Darkling Beetle

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Aye-Aye Which nocturnal creature feeds on ramy nuts, certain fungi and insect grubs?
Aardvark
Aye-Aye
The aye-aye is native to Madagascar and has a specialized omnivorous diet. The ramy nut is a hard, three-chambered nut typically found in Madagascar.
Flying Squirrel
Gerbil

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Fossa Which animal has the longest tail length of these choices?
Bobcat
House Cat
Fossa
The monkey-like or cat-like fossa is closely related to the mongoose. Its tail can measure up to 28 inches.
Lynx

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Pacific Angelshark Which shark has a flattened torso and pectoral fins that resemble wings?
Lemon Shark
Megamouth
Ragged Tooth Shark
Pacific Angelshark
The Pacific angelshark is a bottom-dwelling nocturnal creature. This shark patiently waits for, then ambushes its prey.

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Spectacled Caiman Which reptile can thrive in both saltwater and freshwater environments?
Alligator
Crocodile
Deaf Adder
Spectacled Caiman
The spectacled caiman forages mostly at night. It is very well adapted to saltwater and freshwater habitats, making it the most abundant breed of caiman in existence.

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Ocelot Which cat has a dappled coat and is a great swimmer?
Serval
Siberian Tiger
Snow Leopard
Ocelot
Unlike most other cats, ocelots are great swimmers. Many can be found in South America, and some ocelots have been spotted as far north as Texas.

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Toad This night-roaming creature is actually a frog.
Toad
Gila monsters, caiman and tuatara eat frogs. Toads are also frogs that roam the night and seek shelter in trees or burrows during the day.
Tuatara
Caiman
Gila Monster

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Green Moray Eel Which reptile is the largest of its subspecies and actually has brown skin?
Coelacanth
Negaprion
Green Moray Eel
The green moray eel can grow close to 10 feet. Yellow-green mucus covers its brown skin to protect it from parasites and bacteria.
Sea Cucumber

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Vinegaroon Which nocturnal animal has poor vision and heavy pincers?
Vinegaroon
The vinegaroon uses its first pair of legs as antennae to "see" as it moves about. The insect relies on vibrations to locate its prey.
Phasmatidae
Cricket
Luna Moth

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Kiwi Which animal is a bird that cannot fly?
Kiwi
Kiwi birds are native to New Zealand. These are unusual birds that have nostrils positioned at the end of their long beaks.
Jerboa
Kinkajou
Nutria

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Jaguar Which nocturnal animal has a lifespan of up to 20 years?
Amur Tiger
Bobcat
Jaguar
While jaguars are often described as nocturnal, their peak activity typically occurs during dawn and dusk, and they are, therefore, better known to be crepuscular. Jaguars rarely attack when they encounter humans.
Lion

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Coelacanth Which lethargic creature has two extant subspecies called "West Indian Ocean" and "Indonesian"?
Lobster
Horseshoe Crab
Cuttlefish
Coelacanth
Coelacanths were once considered extinct creatures from 65 million years ago. However, the first living coelacanth was observed in 1938.

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Muskrat The feces of which rodent is alleged to contain a chemical that kills Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella and other bacteria?
Mouse
Muskrat
In 2008, researchers in South Korea filed a patent for a method to extract the bacteria-killing chemical from dried muskrat feces. The chemical is also alleged to kill insects, such as termites.
Sand Puppy
Rat

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Fruit Bat Which flighty creature prefers to juice its food?
Fruit Bat
Perhaps a more apt name for the fruit bat is "fruit juice bat." This nocturnal animal ingests the juice and nectar from fruits, then spits out the seeds and pulp.
Great-Horned Owl
Eastern whip-poor-will
White-Faced Petrel

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Margay Which arboreal creature is native to Central and South America?
Margay
The margay is also called a tree ocelot. This animal inhabits Southern Mexico all the way down through Brazil and Paraguay.
Hyena
Sportive Lemur
Western Woolly Lemur

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Porcupine Which nocturnal animal, rife with protective quills, usually inhabits coniferous forests?
Porcupine
The porcupine has few predators due to its protective quills. The quills are easily detachable when the animal is frightened.
Possum
Octodon degu
Iranian Jerboa

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Tarsier Which is the only primate of these choices that is entirely carnivorous?
Slender Loris
Slow Loris
Galago
Tarsier
The tarsier is rare among the primate species since it does not eat any plants at all. Common prey the tarsier consumes include insects, cockroaches, butterflies and cicadas.

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Chinchilla Which nocturnal animal do humans covet for its fur and is listed as critically endangered?
Capybara
Chinchilla
Wild chinchillas are crepuscular and nocturnal; they are most active during the dawn, dusk and throughout the nighttime. However, domesticated chinchillas often adapt to diurnal life.
Rabbit Rat
Tapeti

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Badger It is a crime in the United Kingdom to keep which nocturnal creature as a pet?
Badger
The Protection of Badgers Act of 1992 prohibits the sale or possession of badgers in the United Kingdom. This includes anyone who aids in the sale or possession of badgers, as well.
Nutria
Gerbil
Quoll

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Tasmanian Devil Communicable cancers are threatening the extinction of which animal?
Red Kangaroo
Pseudocheiridae
Sugar Glider
Tasmanian Devil
The Tasmanian devil is native to the island of Tasmania, which is an island state of Australia. Early research trials suggest that some human anti-cancer drugs prove effective in treating cancers that affect the Tasmanian devil.

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Weddell Seal Which night-active animal can dive 2000 feet below the ocean's surface?
Weddell Seal
Weddell seals can dive 2000 feet below the Antarctic Ocean surface in freezing waters. They can stay down there for up to 45 minutes.
Northern Fur Seal
Japanese River Otter
Sea Cucumber

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Rattlesnake Which is the only venomous reptile of these choices?
Rattlesnake
Most rattlesnakes hide during the day and hunt for their prey at night. Their venom contains hemotoxins that damage the blood and many bodily tissues.
Anaconda
Boa Constrictor
Long Cripple

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Three-Toed Sloth The Walt Disney character, "Flash," in the film, "Zootopia," is what kind of nocturnal creature?
Three-Toed Sloth
"Flash Slothmore" is a male three-toed sloth featured in Disney's "Zootopia" film. In the film, he and his co-species female co-worker, "Priscilla Tripletoe," work at the DMV, which is the Department of Mammal Vehicles.
Hoffman's Two-Toed Sloth
Eastern Woolly Lemur
Slow Loris

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Paradoxical Frog This unusual nocturnal animal shrinks as it ages.
Paradoxical Frog
Paradoxical frog tadpoles are approximately 9.8 inches long, and the mature adults shrink down to 3 inches. Paradoxical frogs are found throughout South America.
Red-Eyed Tree Frog
Toad
Spectacled Caiman

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Civet The most expensive coffee in the world is made from the droppings of which tropical animal?
Wombat
Zorilla
Civet
Kopi Luwak is an expensive coffee brewed from the poop of the civet. The civet is a cat-like nocturnal creature from Southern Asia and Africa.
Hyena

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Black-Footed Ferret Which vocally loud creature is the only species of its kind native to North America?
Bush Rat
Cyprus Spiny Mouse
Leopard Gecko
Black-Footed Ferret
Black-footed ferrets roam the prairie lands of North America. They are scattered between southern Canada and North Mexico, throughout Arizona, Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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Cuttlefish Which nighttime creature can change its color like a chameleon?
Cuttlefish
The nocturnal cuttlefish can change its color in an instant to match its surroundings in order to evade predators. The cuttlefish uses a permeable internal structure called a "cuttlebone" to float and rise as it glides through water.
Great Gray Garden Slug
Hermit Crab
Onychophora

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Oncilla Which lightweight animal is rarely observed and is the smallest species of its kind in the Americas?
Oncilla
Compared to other felines, the oncilla is rather small, with an average weight of approximately 5.5 pounds. Spotting an oncilla is a rarity. Most of what is known about the oncilla is observed from captive breeds.
Short-Eared Zorro
Dingo
Fennec Fox

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Firefly Which insect is a winged beetle with a light-producing structure on its body?
Firefly
The firefly, or lightning bug, is neither a fly or a true bug but is actually a beetle. This creature produces two rare chemicals, luciferin and luciferase, that are crucial in scientific research on heart disease, multiple sclerosis and cancer,
Cockroach
Millipede
Saurornithoides

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Capybara Which nocturnal animal is the world's largest rodent?
Hamster
Octodon
Rabbit Rat
Capybara
Capybaras are semi-aquatic rodents that live throughout north and east South America. These large creatures can weigh as much as a sheep or a small human.

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Margay in Tree Which feline can rotate its hind legs 180 degrees for heightened agility?
Margay
The margay cat is most active at dusk, dawn and throughout the night. Of all of the felines, it is the only cat that can rotate its hind legs 180 degrees, which enables it to run speedily down and across trees chasing after prey with remarkable dexterity.
Serval
Ounce
Caracal

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Owl Monkey Which is the only primate that is active at night in South America?
Tarsier
Owl Monkey
The owl monkey is the only nocturnal primate in South America. The owl monkey's eyes are well evolved for night vision, but they have poorer color vision than other primates.
Bushbaby
Slender Loris

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Pangolin Which non-extinct nocturnal creature has no teeth?
Shrew
Skunk
Thylacine
Pangolin
The pangolin is also called a scaly anteater. Like other anteaters, pangolins have no teeth. Regular anteaters eat ants, insects, fruit and other soft grubs, while pangolins eat only insects.

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Okapi Can you identify the only living relative of the giraffe?
Okapi
The okapi may look similar to a deer but it is the giraffe's only living relative. These illusive creatures of Central Africa are mostly nocturnal, but they do exhibit some diurnal behaviors.
Mink
Spectacled Bear
Whitetail

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Beaver Oregon State University, MIT and University of Maine Farmington are colleges that use the same animal as a mascot. Which nocturnal creature did these schools choose?
Wombat
Rat
Beaver
Beavers are the largest rodent in North America, and they are fast and masterful builders in their complex woodsy environments. Perhaps colleges choose the beaver to represent their schools to inspire the spirit of resilience in their students and athletes.
Muskrat

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Coelacanth Illustration Indonesia has been entrusted with conserving which rare fish?
Megamouth
Nurse Shark
Catfish
Coelacanth
The Indonesian government has made tremendous efforts to conserve the world's last population of coelacanths. This rare fish is a symbol of national pride and is practically a celebrity in Indonesia, considering all the publicity it gets.

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Binturong Which wild nocturnal animal has a peculiar buttered-popcorn smell?
Binturong
According to researchers, the buttered-popcorn smell that emits from the solitary binturong, or bearcat, comes from a chemical the animal secretes in its urine. The binturong douses turf with its odd-smelling pee to ward off competitors.
Lynx
Ocelot
Caracal

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White Rhinoceros Which is the largest terrestrial creature after the elephant?
Hippopotamus
White Rhinoceros
The two-horned white rhino is the largest land creature after the elephant. The nocturnal white rhino can weigh as much as 4 tons!
Black Rhinoceros
Dwarf Crocodile

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