The Ultimate Kangaroo Quiz

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The Ultimate Kangaroo Quiz
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About This Quiz

People love to see kangaroo babies peeking out from their mother's pouch. Take this quiz to learn more about these hopping marsupials and how they suckle their young.
What type of animal is a kangaroo?
marsupial
A kangaroo is a marsupial. Marsupials have pouches that are use to suckle and carry newly born kangaroos.
monotreme
placental mammal

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How many species of kangaroos are there?
25
35
50
Kangaroos have more than 50 species.

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How do kangaroos run?
use large back feet and legs
hop instead of run
both answers
Kangaroos use their large back feet and legs to hop instead of run.

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What are young kangaroos called?
joeys
Young kangaroos are also know as joeys.
flyers
boomers

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What is the smallest of the kangaroo species?
rat
The smallest of the species is the rat, and this kangaroo is smaller than a rabbit.
red
great

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Which is the largest of the kangaroo species?
red
grey
great
The largest of the species is the great kangaroo.

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How fast can great kangaroos hop?
10 mph
25 mph
50 mph
Great kangaroos can really move, up to 50 mph (80 kph) for short distances.

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What does the kangaroo use its small front legs and feet for?
gather leaves from plants
dig for water
both answers
The small front legs and feet are used to gather leaves from plants or to dig for water.

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How long is a kangaroo's hop?
2 to 3 times its body length
3 to 4 times its body length
One hop can move a kangaroo three to four time its body length.
4 to 5 times its body length

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What is the tail used for?
push off when hopping
balance on when standing
both answers
Kangaroos use their tail to push off when hopping and to balance on when standing.

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How many baby kangaroos can be born from a single pregnancy?
one
Kangaroos carry only one joey per pregnancy, except for the musky rat-kangaroo, which has two to three joeys at a time.
two to three
five to six

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When does the newborn move to the mother's pouch?
two to three weeks
four to five weeks
Four to five weeks after fertilization, the newborn moves to the mother's pouch, and does not permanently leave until about eight months old.
eight to ten weeks

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How big is a newborn kangaroo when it moves to the mother's pouch?
lima bean size
The newborn is the size of a lima bean when it instinctively makes its way into the mother's fur lined pouch.
baby kitten size
neither answer

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What can kangaroos be trained to do with humans?
box playfully
A kangaroo can be trained to box playfully with humans.
play football
play soccer

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How does a wallaby differ from a kangaroo?
smaller bodies
smaller feet
both answers
Both animals belong to the marsupial family and are macropods, but wallabies have smaller bodies and feet than kangaroos do.

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Which animal has tough foot pads like hiking shoes?
rock wallaby
The rock wallaby has tough pads on the bottom of its feet.
tree kangaroo
musky rat-kangaroo

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When does a joey leave the pouch?
six months
eight months
The joey leaves the pouch at about eight months, but it may still nurse by poking its head back in.
one year

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How does a kangaroo defend itself?
hit with its tail
kick with its back legs
If a kangaroo feels threatened, it can kick with its back legs and deliver quite a blow.
both answers

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What are red and eastern gray kangaroos hunted for?
meat
hides
both answers
They are hunted for their meat and hides.

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What do kangaroos eat?
grass
small plants
both answers
Kangaroos like to graze on grass and small plants. Farmers consider kangaroos to be pests, and many kangaroos have killed by farmers.

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