There Are Millions of Animal Species, So We'll Be Impressed If You Can Identify 11!

By: Daniel Yetman
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There Are Millions of Animal Species, So We'll Be Impressed If You Can Identify 11!
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Some of the animals that live on our planet look even more surreal than the fictional creatures in our movies. Take the platypus for instance; it looks like somebody took a duck and sewed it together with a beaver! The pink fairy armadillo and dumbo octopus don't look any less ridiculous. 

If you take out your magnifying glass and begin looking at some of the insects on the planet, it's hard not to be amazed. The orchid mantis is a perfect example of how animals evolve to match their surroundings. This mantis looks almost exactly like an orchid flower until the moment it decides to lunge itself at a small bird or mouse. Don't get too close or it might think your finger is something delicious. 

Are you a fan of the Planet Earth documentaries? If you are, you might already know a lot of the critters on this quiz, but we're confident we've found a few that will be new to you. Have you ever heard of a warty frogfish? How about the red-lipped batfish? Don't tell me you're already an expert in Honduran white bats?

It's time for you to guess the names of some of the craziest looking animals on our planet. Ready? Then let's get started!

Platypus What's the name of this animal that looks like the product of a beaver and a duck?
Nutria
Quokka
Platypus
The platypus is one of the world's most unique animals. It has a bill like a duck but has fur like a mammal. It has venom like a snake and also lays eggs like a bird. It's one of only two mammals in the world that lays eggs.
Markhor

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Wombat What's the name of this Australian native critter?
Wombat
They may be cute, but you shouldn't get too close. If provoked, the wombat can give you a pretty serious bite. There was one case of a wombat biting a man through his boat and almost an inch into his leg!
Opposum
Platypus
Tarsier

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Fossa
Sunda colugo
River opposum
Star-nosed mole
The star-nosed mole is found in the North-Eastern United States and Canada. Their funny-looking nose is extremely sensitive to touch and it helps them navigate, which makes up for their poor vision.

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Venezuelan poodle moth What's the name of this sweater-wearing insect?
Orchid mantis
Venezuelan poodle moth
It may look like it's wearing an angora sweater, but that's it's actually its body. They weren't discovered until 2009 and still haven't been confirmed as their own unique species.
Driver ant
Amazon giant fishing spider

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Warty frogfish What's the name of this ugly fish?
Warty frogfish
It may look more like a pile of mold than a fish, but the warty frogfish lives in the tropical Pacific. They can change colors to blend with their surroundings and eat basically anything in sight. So keep your fingers away!
Angelfish
Dumbo octopus
Cuttlefish

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Pangolin Which name does this armored creature go by?
Long-beaked echidna
Pangolin
The pangolin is found in Asia and Africa. They may look like armadillos, but they also have stink glands like a sunk. As you can probably guess from their scales, they curl into a ball when scared.
Olinguito
Solenodon

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Orchid mantis Can you tell us the name of this flower? Whoops! We mean insect.
Assassin bug
Giant katydid
Praying mantis
Orchid mantis
The orchid mantis is one of the most interesting insects in the world. If you were to see one sitting on a tree, you would probably mistake it for a flower. Don't let their beauty fool you, though. They're known to eat lizards and small frogs.

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Shoebill Can you recognize this funny-looking bird?
Oilbird
Long-wattled Umbrellabird
Shoebill
The shoebill goes by several other names, including the whalehead and the shoe-billed stork. It gets its name from its large bill that gives it the appearance of always smiling. You can find them in Zambia and Sudan.
Flightless cormorant

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Chinese giant salamander Do you know the name of the largest amphibian in the world?
Chinese giant salamander
The Chinese giant salamander can grow to be almost 6 feet long. They might give you a fright if you came across one swimming in the mountain lakes of China. However, they eat mostly insects and fish so you won't have anything to worry about.
Mudskipper
Axolotl
Aretochoana

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Sea pen Can you tell us what this large filter feeder is called?
Warty frogfish
Batfish
Sea pen
If you saw this creature lying on your desk, you might pick it up thinking it's a writing quill. They can grow more than six feet tall and feed mostly by filtering plankton out of the water.
Northern Krill

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Assassin bug Which of these insects is the ninja of the insect world?
Amazon giant fishing spider
Assassin bug
The assassin bug has some moves that even the most highly-trained ninjas would be jealous of. They are known to cover themselves in dead ant bodies to sneak up on bees and other prey.
Tiger spider
Black widow

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Honduran white bat What's the name of this fluff ball?
Microbat
Vampire bat
Honduran white bat
How big do you think this bat is judging by the picture? Believe it or not, they only grow to be 1.5 inches long. You can find them in the jungles of Central America, where they spend most of their time hanging from heliconia plants.
Egyptian fruit bat

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Mexican mole lizard Which of these unique creatures lives in the Baja Desert?
Gila monster
Mexican mole lizard
At a glance, the Mexican mole lizard looks like an earthworm that sprouted legs and a head. You probably won't see one unless you're wandering through the desert at night after a thundershower.
Mexican beaded lizard
Water monitor

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Flightless cormorant There are only 1,000 of these birds left in the wild? What's its name?
Magnificent frigatebird
Large ground finch
Galapagos penguin
Flightless cormorant
If you want to see a flightless cormorant, you'll have to travel to the Galapagos Islands. Through years of evolution, their wings have shrunk until they've lost the ability to fly.

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Baird's tapir It's not a cow, pig or rhino.... What is it?
Baird's tapir
The Baird's tapir is also known as a mountain cow and is the national animal of Belize. They spend most of the day sleeping and come out at night to eat. They're currently listed as endangered.
Red panda
Capybara
Black Slavonian pig

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Superb bird-of-paradise Can you name this bird that was featured in the "Planet Earth" series?
Kakapo
Long-wattled umbrella bird
Superb bird-of-paradise
The male superb bird-of-paradise has his work cut out for him. Because their population has a low female-to-male ratio, it's not uncommon for females to reject 15 or more males before choosing a mate.
Shoebill

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Lamprey It's not the prettiest animal on this list, but do you know its name?
Lamprey
Lampreys are a jawless fish, and most species use their razor-toothed mouths to filter feed. They may look intimidating when you look into their mouth, but they're harmless to humans.
Anglerfish
Sea python
Manta ray

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Mantis Shrimp It looks like an insect, but it's actually a crustacean. What's it called?
Mantis Shrimp
You won't find the mantis shrimp on the menu at a seafood menu, but you can find it hiding in coral reefs in the pacific. They catch their prey with their praying mantis-like front arms.
Red-lipped batfish
Japanese spider crab
Blue dragon slug

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Axolotl Can you tell us the name of this carnivorous salamander that lives for 10-15 years?
Axolotl
If you want to see an axolotl in the wild, you'll have to travel to Mexico and visit Xochimilco Lake. However, their populations are in decline because of water pollution. Axolotls eat mostly worms, small fish, and mollusks.
Newt
Tiger Salamander
Mudskipper

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Dumbo octopus Can you name this eight-legged animal?
Red octopus
Dumbo octopus
If you want to find a dumbo octopus, you'll have to dive at least 10,000 feet into the ocean to find one. They get their name from their fins on its face that look similar to elephant ears.
Common squid
Cuttlefish

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Atretochoana What's the name of this eyeless creature?
Mudskipper
Newt
Atretochoana
If you look closely at an Atretochoana, you will quickly notice something missing. This unusual amphibian that lives in the Amazon doesn't have eyes. They weren't discovered until 2011 when a photographer found six of them near the Madeira River.
Axolotl

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Giant katydid What's the name of this giant leaf-like insect?
Giant katydid
The giant katydid can grow to be more than 6 inches long. Because it's disguised to look like a leaf, you might not even see it coming. They're so big that they rarely fly or jump.
Driver ant
Assassin bug
Praying mantis

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Saiga antelope What happens when you mix a walrus with a deer? You get this animal. What's its name?
Impala
Saiga antelope
The Saiga antelope is now critically endangered and now lives exclusively in Russia and Kazakhstan. They're easy to spot by their elephant-like noses, however, because there's less than 50,000 left, you're unlikely to see them in the wild.
Longhorn antelope
Gazelle

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Tarsier Do these eyes look familiar to you?
Tarsier
The tarsier has one of the largest eye-to-body ratios of any animal. Their bodies grow to be up to 6 inches long, whereas their eyes grow to more than half-an-inch in diameter! You can find them in the jungles of Southeast Asia.
Solenodon
Pangolin
Olinguito

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Blobfish Can you tell us the name of this sad fish?
European giant jellyfish
Blobfish
It's not hard to guess how the blobfish got its name. They live in the deep waters off the coast of Australia and New Zealand, can grow up to 4lbs and their gelatinous body helps them withstand extreme underwater pressure.
Anglerfish
Lamprey

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Amazon giant fishing spider What's the name of this spider that you probably wouldn't want to see in your shower drain?
Amazon giant fishing spider
These aquatic spiders hang around water where they wait for ripples that signal a nearby tadpole or fish. Some species can even encapsulate themselves in an air bubble and go underwater.
Black widow
Tiger spider
Huntsman spider

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Water opossum Which of these animals is found throughout South America?
Tarsier
Water opossum
You can find water opossums from Mexico to Argentina near freshwater lakes and streams. Both sexes have a pouch. When the males are swimming, they put their genitals into their pouch like it's a bathing suit.
Solenodon
Pangolin

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Komodo dragon It's not a dinosaur, but it is the largest living lizard. What's its name?
Gecko
Chameleon
Green iguana
Komodo dragon
The Komono dragon lives exclusively on the Indonesian islands of Komodo, Rinca, Gili Motang and Flores. You probably don't want to come across one in the wild since they can grow to be more than 10 feet long.

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Nutria This "river rat" is native to South America. Do you know its name?
Nutria
The nutria spends most of its time around rivers and can weigh up to 37 pounds. It uses its front limbs for digging burrows and foraging while it uses its back webbed feet for swimming.
Markhor
Baird's Tapir
Capybara

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Long-wattled umbrellabird What's the name of this strange bird from Colombia and Ecuador?
Flightless cormorant
Hoatzin
Long-wattled umbrellabird
The male umbrellabird has one of the strangest features of any bird. It has a wattle that hangs from its chest that can be up to a foot-and-a-half long. They can inflate their wattle when trying to attract a mate.
Kakapo

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Kakapo What's the name of New Zealand's "owl parrot"?
Flightless cormorant
Hoatzin
Ground finch
Kakapo
There are thought to be less than 125 kakapos left in the wild. Their small numbers can be attributed to only breeding about once every three years. They're also flightless, so they are easy prey for dogs and cats.

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Maned wolf What's the name of this animal that looks like your pet dog on stilts?
Grey wolf
Maned wolf
The maned wolf is the largest type of wolf in South America. You can find it in the open grasslands of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia.
Northwestern wolf
Dingo

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Gila monster What's the name of the largest American lizard?
Green iguana
Gila monster
The Gila monster lives from New Mexico to Utah as well as Northern Mexico. They grow to be about 20 inches long and eat small mammals and birds. Keep your hands away from them, because they are venomous!
Water monitor
Chameleon

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Aye-aye Can you name this endangered lemur?
Ring-taled lemur
Sifakas
Aye-aye
It may look like it stepped straight out of the movie "Gremlins," but the Aye-Aye is native to Madagascar. It's the largest nocturnal primate in the world and can grow to be up to 1.5 feet long.
Mouse lemur

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Markhor What's the name of this goat that's going through an experimental phase with its hair?
Chinese water goat
Markhor
Male markhors grow to be more than 200 pounds and are native from Afghanistan to Northern Africa. Their name translates from Persian as "snake eater" because of a legend that they can eat snakes and release the venom in their cud.
Lowland streaked tenrec
Bactrian camel

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Hoatzin Can you tell us which bird has the nickname "stinkbird"?
Magnificant frigatebird
Hoatzin
You may smell a hoatzin before you see it. The hoatzin's gullet and crop in its throat contain large amounts of bacteria that ferment the plants it eats. Unfortunately, this fermentation process doesn't produce the most pleasant smell.
Ground finch
Flightless cormorant

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Patagonian Mara Is it a mouse or is it a rabbit? Maybe both. What's it called?
Patagonian Mara
The Patagonian Mara is a rodent found in Argentina. They generally hide in low shrub, but they occasionally also roam in the Monte Desert. They feed mostly on green plants and fruit.
Naked mole rat
Scottish hare
Capybara

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Gerenuk What's the name of this long-necked mammal?
Mara
Gazelle
Gerenuk
The Gerenuk is the giraffe of the gazelle world. They grow to be up to 3.5 feet tall and live in the eastern part of Africa. They use their long necks to graze on low trees much the same as giraffes.
Pronghorn

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California Condor What's the name of North America's largest (and ugliest) land bird?
Bald Eagle
Osprey
Peregrine falcon
California Condor
The California condor can have a wingspan over 10 feet long. They use their long wings to soar through the sky for miles without having to flap. If one flies over you, don't be surprised if you mistake it for a small airplane.

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Frilled shark What's the name of this animal that lives more than 5,000 feet below the water's surface?
Frilled shark
If you want to see a frilled shark, you'll have to dive more than 5,000 feet. They look more like a fossil than a living species. As you can imagine, they probably haven't evolved much in the last few million years.
Glaucus atlanticus
Humpback anglerfish
Angelfish

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