Quiz about Australian Animals
Quiz about Australian Animals

Australian Animals Test | Animals by Region


Australian animals are quite unique, with most of them not being found anywhere else in the world. Some are cute and cuddly, some are not. Can you recognise these feathered, furry and scaled critters?

A photo quiz by ozzz2002. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
ozzz2002
Time
4 mins
Type
Photo Quiz
Quiz #
361,839
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Average
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8 / 10
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1. No, the picture is not upside-down! This is a flying fox, one of the largest bats in the world, and it is just hanging around trying to have a nap. Like most bats, it is nocturnal, but when it goes out at night, what is it likely to eat? Hint

Pollen and nectar
Foxes
Human blood
Hawks and eagles

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2. This thing is scary and very, very dangerous. The Estuarine crocodiles are amongst the largest, the most savage and the most widespread species in the world, and Australia has its fair share of the monsters. How do crocs reproduce? Do they lay eggs?

Yes
No

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3. This very social bird is found over most of Australia, and is known by several names, including Eolophus roseicapilla (scientific name), rose-breasted cockatoo, roseate cockatoo or pink and grey cockatoo. It is, however, much better known by its Aboriginal name; what is that name? Hint

Brolga
Grebe
Galah
Waratah

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4. This bird is the heaviest bird in Australia and the second-heaviest in the world behind the ostrich. What is it? Hint

Emu
Chook
Cape Barren goose
Cassowary

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5. This handsome chap is a Cherax destructor, and is a freshwater crayfish. He (and she) can be found in most waterways in south-eastern Australia, but what is its more common name? Hint

Yabby
Blue swimmer
Balmain bug
Pipi

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6. Meet the bilby, a small desert marsupial. The species is endangered, but there are programs to save them from extinction.

In Australia, what imaginary creature is the bilby being slated to replace?
Hint

The Easter Bunny
Santa Claus
The Tooth Fairy
Mother Goose

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7. This animal looks fearsome, but is harmless to humans. Although they can reach more than two feet in length, their diet is made up of insects and small animals. However, they do have another idiosyncrasy that is not common in reptiles- what is it? Hint

They can run on two legs
They suckle their young with milk
They are not harmed by fire
They are excellent mimics

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8. The Tasmanian devil is a small animal with a big attitude. He is mainly a carrion-eater, but will also eat smaller animals. Devils used to be found Australia-wide, but now can only be found in the island state of Tasmania. Now, is the Tasmanian devil the same as the Tasmanian tiger?

Yes
No

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9. This spider is among the most dangerous on the planet and should NEVER be approached. Its name comes from its nesting habits. What is this beast? Hint

Mud spider
Funnel-web spider
Gumtree spider
Bottle spider

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10. This is a painting of a couple of platypus, painted in 1849 by John Gould, a British compatriot of Charles Darwin. Is the platypus a viviparous mammal?

Yes
No


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. No, the picture is not upside-down! This is a flying fox, one of the largest bats in the world, and it is just hanging around trying to have a nap. Like most bats, it is nocturnal, but when it goes out at night, what is it likely to eat?

Answer: Pollen and nectar

The grey-headed flying fox is the largest of the species and is found mainly along the east coast. They are not carnivorous at all, and are sometimes considered a pest by orchardists, as they also like fruit. They are commonly known as fruit bats because of this. They get their 'fox' name from their facial features- they look a bit like a fox.

Their wingspan can exceed a metre. Even though they are large, they are still preyed on by hawks and eagles.

I have seen flights of hundreds of flying-foxes going overhead, and it is an awesome sight.
2. This thing is scary and very, very dangerous. The Estuarine crocodiles are amongst the largest, the most savage and the most widespread species in the world, and Australia has its fair share of the monsters. How do crocs reproduce? Do they lay eggs?

Answer: Yes

A crocodile egg is not much bigger than a goose egg, but the end result is very different. A big croc can grow to 7 metres and weigh over 2 tonnes. That is almost twice as long as a car, and about the same weight!

The estuarine, or salt-water crocodile, lives in northern Australia and most of south-east Asia. They are comfortable in the ocean, and will even do battle with sharks. I think that you can safely say that they are in the 'not cuddly' list.
3. This very social bird is found over most of Australia, and is known by several names, including Eolophus roseicapilla (scientific name), rose-breasted cockatoo, roseate cockatoo or pink and grey cockatoo. It is, however, much better known by its Aboriginal name; what is that name?

Answer: Galah

Galahs are quite common, both in the country and built-up areas. In some farming areas, they are actually considered a pest. They are quite noisy, especially when they are in large groups.

Galahs can be trained to talk and are popular pets. 'Galah' can also be used as an insult, meaning an idiot.

A grebe is a small aquatic bird and a brolga is a tall crane-like native bird. A waratah is not a bird- it is a large showy red flower.
4. This bird is the heaviest bird in Australia and the second-heaviest in the world behind the ostrich. What is it?

Answer: Cassowary

It is a double-wattled (or Southern) cassowary, to be precise. Cassowaries have been known to kill humans with their powerful legs and extremely large toes. Fortunately, they are a shy bird, and contact with humans is not common. They are slightly shorter than an emu, but can be quite a bit heavier. They have a horny growth on their heads, called a casque- the purpose of this is still subject to debate by ornithologists.

The Cape Barren goose is a large native goose, and a chook is just the Australian word for a chicken.
5. This handsome chap is a Cherax destructor, and is a freshwater crayfish. He (and she) can be found in most waterways in south-eastern Australia, but what is its more common name?

Answer: Yabby

A yabby grows to be about 15cm (6 in) long, and can be a wide variety of colours. They are not particularly dangerous, but can give you a nasty nip with their claws. Catching a yabby is easy- get a couple of metres of cotton, and tie it to a small lump of meat. Chuck the meat into the water and wait for a nibble. Slowly draw the line in, and scoop the yabby out with a net. They are delicious when boiled and thrown into a salad.

A pipi is a small bivalve clam, a blue swimmer is a crab and a Balmain bug is a type of lobster. All three are salt-water creatures.
6. Meet the bilby, a small desert marsupial. The species is endangered, but there are programs to save them from extinction. In Australia, what imaginary creature is the bilby being slated to replace?

Answer: The Easter Bunny

Rabbits are a major pest in Australia, outnumbering humans by about ten to one, so celebrating the Easter Bunny seems rather a strange idea. Instead, money raised from sales of the chocolate Easter bilby go to the preservation of the animals themselves.

Note that the little animal underneath the bilby's food bowl is just a plain ordinary mouse, and not an exotic Australian species at all.
7. This animal looks fearsome, but is harmless to humans. Although they can reach more than two feet in length, their diet is made up of insects and small animals. However, they do have another idiosyncrasy that is not common in reptiles- what is it?

Answer: They can run on two legs

When they feel threatened, the frilled-neck lizard will flare its frill out, get up on its rear legs and run towards the attacker with mouth wide open. It is all a bluff and they will not attack, but the display looks very impressive.
8. The Tasmanian devil is a small animal with a big attitude. He is mainly a carrion-eater, but will also eat smaller animals. Devils used to be found Australia-wide, but now can only be found in the island state of Tasmania. Now, is the Tasmanian devil the same as the Tasmanian tiger?

Answer: No

They are related, but only distantly. The Tasmanian tiger (aka Tasmanian wolf or thylacine) is extinct, with the last known specimen dying in 1936. Its name is not really accurate, as it is not related to the tiger OR the wolf; it was a marsupial. It was also quite a bit bigger than the devil; roughly about the size of an Alsatian dog.

The Tasmanian devil is on the endangered list, mainly because of an cancerous disease known as DFTD (Devil Facial Tumour Disease). Hopefully, scientists can find a cure soon.

The Warner Brothers cartoon depiction of Tasmanian devil, Taz, is only partly accurate. They DO have a very healthy appetite and their grunts and squeals are very noisy, but they do NOT walk on their hind legs or act like a whirlwind.
9. This spider is among the most dangerous on the planet and should NEVER be approached. Its name comes from its nesting habits. What is this beast?

Answer: Funnel-web spider

Funnel-webs are very aggressive, very large (they can be up to two inches long) and very toxic. They are active in the warmer months and can be found almost anywhere. I have seen them settled on the bottom of a swimming pool in a bubble of air, and have had several in my house. Aussies know that they have to shake their clothes and shoes in summer before they put them on, as that is another common hiding spot.

The three wrong answers are figments of my imagination.
10. This is a painting of a couple of platypus, painted in 1849 by John Gould, a British compatriot of Charles Darwin. Is the platypus a viviparous mammal?

Answer: No

There are only two types of monotreme, and both are found in Australia. One is the platypus and the other species is the echidna. Monotremes are unusual as they lay eggs, but viviparous animals are the opposite- they give birth to live babies.
Source: Author ozzz2002

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