How Animal Smart are You? (Quiz!)

The Questions


1. When a male lion gets in the mood, he really gets in the mood and copulates about 650 times over a one week period. True or False?

 

2. When a Nile hippo is upset their sweat:

a. turns red
b. smells like hippo dung
c. becomes milky
d. triples in production and smells like roses

 

3. If you lift a kangaroo’s tail it:

a. will likely spin around and double kick you
b. automatically defecates
c. cannot hop
d. is like tickling a person in the armpit

 

4. The fastest animal is:

a. bush master snake
b. cheetah
c. peregrine falcon
d. a man just caught cheating on his wife

 

5. The strongest animal in the world in terms of its size is:

a. wolverine
b. rhinoceros beetle
c. conga ant
d. a toddler with a lollipop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6. Giraffes average how much sleep in a 24-hour cycle?

a. 30 minutes
b. 3 hours
c. 6 hours
d. 11 hours

 

7. There are how many species of frogs:

a. 148
b. 480
c. 4,800
d. 14,800

 

8. There are how many species of lice?

a. 30
b. 300
c. 3,000
d. 30,000

 

9. Cows produce more milk when listening to classical music.  True or False?

 

10.  Hummingbirds can fly backwards. True or False?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. All polar-bears are left-handed. True or False?

 

12. A snail can sleep for 13 years. True or False?

 

13. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain. True or False?

 

14. Cuttlefish are know to have some of the most developed __________ in the animal kingdom:

a. sense of smell
b. eyesight
c. sense of touch
d. jet propulsion

 

15. Which animal can shoot blood from its eyes as a defensive mechanism?

a. horned lizard
b. me, when my husband asks me to iron his shirts
c. leeches
d. komodo dragons

 

Next: ANSWERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Answers

1. When a male lion gets in the mood, he really gets in the mood and copulates about 650 times over a one week period. True or False?

True.

During a lion’s season of romance, an alpha male lion mounts a female about every 15 minutes for a full straight week! On average, this means a lion stud gets nookie nearly 672 times before he is finally exhausted.  Which may explain why he takes a two-year hiatus before trying THAT again!  Well, now, we know the real reason the lion was crowned “king of the jungle.”

 

2. When a Nile hippo is upset their sweat:

a. turns red

When excited, startled or nervous, a Nile hippo has the charming ability to ooze a red oil from their mucous gland that is easily mistaken for blood. The red oil is meant to condition the hippos skin, but it may have the second purpose of scaring off surprised predators.

 

3. If you lift a kangaroo’s tail it:

c. cannot hop

A kangaroo can hop at the impressive speed of 60 miles an hour (imagine one hopping next to your car on the freeway!), but it cannot go anywhere if you hold up its tail. I guess that isn’t all that surprising when you really think about it!

 

4. The fastest animal is:

c. peregrine falcon

The fastest animal on land is the cheetah (70 mph), but the fastest animal is the peregrine falcon that can dive at a dizzying 200 miles an hour!  The fastest sea animal is the sailfish who can clock 68 mph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. The strongest animal in the world in terms of its size is:

b. rhinoceros beetle

Rhinoceros beetles are the master weightlifters — these little olympians can lift an item 850 times their weight! A human weight-lifting champ can only lift about 17 times his body weight — and for a very limited amount of time.

 

6. Giraffes average how much sleep in 24 hour cycle?

a. 30 minutes

You are unlikely to catch a giraffe sleeping as they only get about 30 minutes of shut-eye a day, usually only a few minutes at a time. Maybe we need to change the term “cat nap” to “giraffe nap” when we hope to catch a few zzzzz in the middle of the day.

 

7. There are how many species of frogs:

c. 4,800

Frogs range from the subarctic to the tropics, with the majority of the 4,800 species hopping and chirping in rainforests. With 4,800 species, frogs are one of the most diverse vertebrate groups.

 

8. There are how many species of lice?

c. 3,000

Yes, there are 3,000 species of lice roaming the world — or should I say on the skin, hair, fur and feathers of the world. EVERY avian and mammal species except monotremes (egg-laying mammals), dolphins, whales, bats and pangolins hosts one or more of these wingless ectoparasites. Fortunately, out of the 3,000 species of lice only four are classified as human disease agents.

 

9. Cows produce more milk when listening to classical music.  True or False?

True.

Scientists in the U.K. played music of different tempos to Friesan dairy cows. Some music elicited more milk — up to a pint more per cow, per day. Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony and Simon and Garfunkle’s Bridge over Troubled Water were both big hits in the milking shed.  When “rowdy” music was piped into the barn, no increase in production was noted, thus it is clear the cows prefer mellower music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10. Hummingbirds can fly backwards.

True.

These little bejeweled whirlybirds are pretty good at mimicking a helicopter — or maybe we should say a helicopter is good at mimicking a hummingbird.

 

11. All polar-bears are left-handed. True or False?

False.

This a popular myth, but has never been proven scientifically.  People who study polar bears say the bears usually use both front paws, rather than favor just one.

 

12. A snail can sleep for  13 years. True or False?

False. But they can sleep perfectly happy for 3 years!

 

13. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain. True or False?

True.

Admittedly, an ostrich is a big bird with big eyes, but it is also true that an ostrich lives up to the term “bird brain” in that it does have a rather small noodle.

 

14. Cuttlefish are know to have some of the most developed __________ in the animal kingdom:

b. eyesight

Cuttlefish are considered to be one of the most intelligent animals on our amazing planet. In addition to having an incredible problem-solving brain, they also have extraordinary eyesight. They can see light polarization and boast the ability to look forward and backward.

 

15. Which animal can shoot blood from its eyes as a defensive mechanism?

a. horned lizard

Four species of horned lizard can shoot blood from their eyes up to five feet!  The official term for this gross-out feat is autohaemorrhaging.  The lizard accomplishes this feat by accumulating extra blood in their heads thus increasing their blood pressure and ultimately rupturing their eyelid vessels.  Even though this could be a cool trick, I recommend that you do not try this at home — even if your husband asks you to iron his shirts.

 

I hope you enjoyed this quiz of random, but fun and interesting facts about a few of the other animals that share our extraordinary planet, and in the case of the louse, our bodies, with us.  How did you do? Were there any big surprises in the answer section? Or are you a whiz at weird and wacky animal quizzes?!

 

 

 

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189 comments

Wendy h.
Wendy H.2 years ago

Fun and interesting

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson2 years ago

i missed only 2! see, i knew my love for random animal facts would prove useful one day! lol :P

lisa o.
lisa O.2 years ago

Very fun!

Emil P.
Emil Perera2 years ago

Thank you

Cherise U.
Cherise U.2 years ago

Thank you to all of you who took the time to take my crazy animal quiz!

Alexandra Pappano
Allie P.3 years ago

Fascinating and great fun! But I can do without the lice.....

Mara Comitas
Past Member 3 years ago

Interesting.

Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog3 years ago

These are SO cool!! I didn't attempt the quiz, because I had to rush forward to the answers!

Patricia Trillo
Patricia Trillo3 years ago

Thanks!!

Sammstein M.
samantha M.3 years ago

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