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Another Wild Animal Quiz to Test Your Knowledge

There are so many things to learn about wild animals and most of them are interesting. Some are strange, others are weird, and a few are amazing, but each animal seems to have special trivia that many people don’t know. Let’s see how well you can do on this quiz about animals. The fun part is learning more about the animals we share this planet with.

  • True or False: Bears have much better eyesight than people do.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: Hummingbirds in the wild eat nothing but flower nectar.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: A porcupine can throw its quills an average distance of 5 feet.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: A black bear has a better sense of smell than a bloodhound (dog).

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: Most female bats only have one offspring (pup) every 2-3 years.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: A rattlesnake can accurately strike prey in total darkness.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: Giant anteaters have 54 teeth and can flick their tongue in and out three times per second.

    • True
    • False
  • The Etruscan shrew is the world’s smallest mammal by weight, weighing much less than a dime. However, it has the highest heart rate of any mammal at over 10 beats per second at rest.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: The main prey of king cobras, the largest species of cobra, is mice.

    • True
    • False
  • True or False: The moose (known as ‘elk’ in Europe) is the largest species of deer.

    • True
    • False

What do you think?

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    • That is a good score and the mistakes are understandable. Porcupines don’t throw their quills at all. They are merely modified hairs, not powered darts.

      Rattlesnakes are pit vipers. The pit, located near the nostrils, can detect temperatures and temperature variations less than a tenth of a degree. In total darkness, it can successfully strike at prey, because a rattlesnake’s prey is usually a mammal, which has a huge heat signature in relation to its surroundings.

      King cobras do occasionally eat rodents, but their primary prey is other snakes, including true cobras. (A king cobra is not a true cobra. It belongs to a different genus.)

    • You did really well! It isn’t just at night, it is in total darkness. In other words, they don’t need eyesight to strike accurately. It is specifically rattlesnakes, though. They are pit vipers and the pits can detect variations in temperature as small as a tenth of a degree or less. They strike at heat, so they don’t need eyesight. Their prey is warmer than the surroundings.

        • Bears *do* see much better than we do. In fact, they see several times better and they see in color, too. Their main sense is smell, though, and they can smell 10 times better than a bloodhound, especially when it comes to sweets. They can smell a candy bar from over a mile away.

          As for bats, they look like mice with wings, but they aren’t rodents. Their low reproductive rate is why many species are endangered. The main culprit in that actually isn’t man, either. It is domestic dogs and cats.

          • Several things define rodents, but among them is their teeth. Rodents have four front teeth, two on each jaw, that grow continually throughout their lives. Most bats have a full mouth of teeth, including sharp little canine teeth. That reflects the diets. Rodents eat primarily seeds and leaves. Bats eat primarily insects, fruit, or fish, depending on the species of bat. (Naturally, vampire bats feed exclusively on blood.)

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