What Predator Matches Your Animal Instincts?

By: Zoe Samuel
Estimated Completion Time
3 min
What Predator Matches Your Animal Instincts?
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About This Quiz

Human beings are capable of higher thought, reasoning, and communication unmatched by any other species on this planet. We spent millennia evolving, refining the cultures that grew out of our early days, developing laws to curb our base instincts. We like to think we have come a long way from our nights living in trees, but while we may walk upright, we didn't leave all of our animal selves in those trees.

Humans still have instinctual reactions to certain things. We evolved to spot threats in the tall grasses of the savanna, so we're very good at picking out patterns, even when they aren't really there, paranoia being a decent survival strategy even when incorrect, after all. We also get excited about things as animals do, experience rewards as animals do, and compete as animals do. When you think your dog is behaving like you, you should consider that maybe you just behave more like a dog than you thought you did.

You are the planet's apex predator. Which animal predator do you most resemble? Which totemic animal suits your most primitive instincts? It is possible to figure this out with just a few questions. If you are ready to find out, just take the quiz, and we will match your animal instincts to one of Earth's most infamous predators!

How often do you feel your animalistic urges?
Constantly
Only during the day
When I smell something interesting
When I spot something cool

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How often is the focus of your instincts a threat to you?
Never
About a third of the time
Half the time
Almost never

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Do you ever get bloodthirsty without the cause of being hungry?
Never
It happens sometimes.
Not usually
All the time. I've got a family to take care of.

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How often is the focus of your instincts an easy target?
They're all easy.
Occasionally
I only pick the easy ones.
Rarely

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How far off do you set your goals?
I don't think that far ahead.
Not far
Only a few days
I set my goals way far away from where things currently stand.

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How likely are you to use cover of night?
Not any more likely than I would be to use the day
Totally unlikely
Very likely
Very unlikely

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How likely are you to turn on your own family?
It could happen.
It will happen.
It won't happen.
It will never happen!

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Where would you look to spot the thing you fear the most?
The mirror
The sky
Cities
Over my shoulder

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How do you react when cornered?
I lash out with full on bloodlust.
I hide.
I make a lot of threats.
I find an avenue of escape.

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What is your natural environment?
The deep
The woods
The wastelands​
The skies

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How do you do in captivity?
I'd die.
I'd be fine.
I'd feel weird.
I'd thrive.

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How would you react if your young were threatened?
I wouldn't care.
I'd probably be the one doing the threatening.
I'd get very angry.
I'd just start killing.

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How is your relationship with your significant other?
It's complicated.
She's a real man eater.
We're tight.
We share the duties.

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How close do you live to your prey?
We live side by side.
We're in the same ecosystem.
Miles apart
Leagues away

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How close do you live to your rivals?
I have no rivals.
I keep my friends close and my enemies closer.
I'm surrounded by them at all time.
They're far off.

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How much cover is there in your environment?
Enough
Loads
Very little
I don't need cover.

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Which sense do you trust the most?
My sense of smell
My peripheral vision
My hearing
My long-distance​ vision

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What bodily aspect would you use in a fight?
My teeth
My hands
My trunk weight
My skull

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How would you act stealthily?
I would approach from below.
I would disguise myself as part of the environment.
I would sneak up silently.
I would attack with the sun at my back.

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What do you look for in your prey?
Lots of fat
Vulnerability
Lack of awareness
Altitude

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How would you pick off your prey?
With a blind charge
With my bare hands
With speed and timing
With a single, forceful blow

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What satisfies your hunger?
Blood and fat
Protein
Anything
It's not about me, it's about the kids.

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What colors help you to blend in?
Dark blue
Dark green
Sand
Sky blue

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Where would you prefer to set up your den?
In the deep
In the forest
In the desert
In the mountains

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How likely are you to be harmful to people?
If we cross paths? Very
Totally unlikely
Somewhat unlikely
Very unlikely

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How do observers feel about your animal instincts?
My instincts give them nightmares.
They find my instincts entertaining.
They don't quite know what to make of them.
They think my instincts are noble.

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What would it take to assuage your animalistic rage?
A successful hunt
Peace and quiet
A full stomach
A clear sky

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When you get target fix, how bad is your tunnel vision?
I get 100 percent tunnel vision.
I keep my peripheral vision up.
I always have an eye on the exit.
I get maybe 60 percent tunnel vision.

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Do you ever start a fight you can't win?
I can win any fight.
Sure, sometimes
I try not to.
Not often

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Do you play with your food?
Only in South Africa
No. I'm too hungry.
Yeah! With my family
No, I'm all business.

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