Are you smarter than a zoologist? Take this quiz to find out.
If you love animals, you've probably spent a lifetime learning about them. Even if you grew up under a rock (like a snake!), you're bound to have picked up a tidbit or two about the animals we share the Earth with. From the number of eyes a butterfly has (monarch butterflies have 12,000!), to the lifespan of an alligator (as long as 100 years), to the surprising animal that can run faster than you (a hippopotamus), animals give us plenty of quiz fodder.
It's difficult to say what it is about animals that intrigues us the most. Is it their amazing antics, their raw beauty, or their sheer example of nature in action? Any way you look at them, animals are fascinating. Every animal has a set of attributes that makes it different from the rest, and we've compiled just a few of them here for you. So, whether you're enthralled by creatures of the land, sea or air, you'll find fun facts and impressive statistics to amaze you in this quiz. You might even learn something you didn't already know.
Put on your thinking cap and let's get started!
Elephants are the largest land animal. There are two types of elephants: Asian and African.
Snakes can see with their eyes closed. Creepy, right?
Rats breed so fast that they can produce over one million offspring in less than two years. That's a lot of rats!
The blue whale can make the loudest sound of any animal. The noise can be heard almost 500 miles away.
Sharks do not have bones. Instead, they have skeletons made of cartilage.
Hummingbirds can fly backward. This is because of their unique wing structure.
This is false. Rhinoceros horns are actually made of compacted hair.
Polar bears actually have black skin. Weird, right?
This is true. Tasmanian devils are marsupials found in Australia.
Male mosquitoes don't bite. Only the females do.
Whiskers are not merely cosmetic. Cat whiskers help our feline friends know if they can fit into tight spaces.
The female lion brings home the bacon for the family. The females are better hunters.
Most bats can't walk. Their leg bones are too fragile.
Horses can sleep standing up. They can also sleep lying down. Contrary to popular belief, cows do not sleep while standing.
A tarantula can live for two years with no food. Guess they don't often starve to death.
Kangaroos use their tails for balance. Lift their tails off the ground, and they can't jump.
An elephant's tooth can weigh as much as nine pounds. Did you know elephants are herbivores?
Ants never sleep. They also do not have lungs.
A group of owls is called a parliament. Makes sense.
Kangaroos are only an inch long at birth. This marsupial finishes growing in its mother's pouch.
This is true. A tiger's skin, as well as its fur, is striped.
Fleas can jump 200 times their own height. This is the equivalent of you jumping as high as the Empire State Building.
The whale's heart beats only nine times per minute. It takes a while for all the blood to circulate through that large body.
Dolphins sleep with only half of their brain at a time. This prevents drowning and helps them to evade predators.
Rodent teeth never stop growing. Many domestic rodents need to have their teeth filed or cut to prevent them from overgrowing.
Elephants drink 200 liters of water a day. An elephant drinks by sucking up water with its snout and pouring it into its mouth.
Giraffes have no vocal cords. They do make some low frequency sounds, however.
A hippopotamus has pink sweat. Technically, this oily substance is not sweat, but it sure looks like it is.
A starfish has an eye on the end of each arm. Therefore, a starfish has as many eyes as it has arms.
Flamingos love to eat shrimp. It is the pink coloring of shrimp that gives flamingos their color.
French poodles are not actually French. They originated in Germany.
Blue whales have huge aortas. They are large enough for a human to fit into.
Cats can make more vocal sounds than dogs. Cats can make more than 100 sounds, while dogs make about ten.
Greyhounds run at speeds of up to 45 mph. That's probably why the bus line isn't called Poodle.
Dalmatians are born without spots. Cruella was very disappointed.