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Quiz about Creatures Great and Small
Quiz about Creatures Great and Small

Creatures Great and Small Trivia Quiz


Explore a few of the big, the little, and the in-between animals of our world, encountered on the "Amazing Fun Trivia Race" with the NaMaPoJo GoGo Quiz Pros!

A multiple-choice quiz by nannywoo. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
nannywoo
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
362,960
Updated
Feb 18 23
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
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Question 1 of 10
1. Much is made of the beauty of animals such as dolphins and tigers, but on the smaller scale is the dazzling yet unassuming insect that belongs to the suborder Epiprocta. If you wanted to observe this delicate, winged creature in its natural habitat, where would you hang out? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. The insect that has species such as Duke of Burgundy, Plum Judy, and painted lady is typically nocturnal.


Question 3 of 10
3. Ranging in size from 1.6 to 60 centimeters (around 5/8 inch to 24 inches), this fairly small reptile stores fat in its tail, licks its eyes to keep them clean and moist, and gets its name from an Indonesian-Malay onomatopoeic word that mimics the sound the animal makes. What sound does this creature seem to make? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. Measuring only 55-82 millimeters (2.2-3.2 inches) long, the common shrew, found throughout northern Europe and Great Britain, is a terror to smaller creatures like insects and worms, and is one of only two terrestrial mammals known to use what means of exploring its surroundings? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. The coachwhip is a particular species of animal, endemic to parts of North America typified by open forests or sand. Many people fear the very sight of it. How many legs does this species have? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. One of the smaller members of the canine family, the red fox weighs around 5.9 kilograms (13 pounds) and is known for its intelligence. Female foxes are called "vixens" and baby foxes are called "kits", but what are adult male foxes sometimes called, based on a character in European folk tales? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. The first domestic mammal to have its genome completely mapped is a medium- to large-sized ungulate, familiar as a source of dairy products, beef, and leather. Why are individuals of this group often named "Bossy"? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. The even-toed ungulate mammal which possesses a blood pressure around twice that of humans is also known for which of these sizeable attributes? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. The African bush elephant is the largest terrestrial mammal on Earth, and it's not pretty when one goes on a rampage. What is the name given to the period of time where a male elephant falls victim to a testosterone-fueled aggression? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. Docile and friendly, and buoyant after being killed - as the folk etymology goes - this species got its name because it was easy to hunt, kill, and render for oil. Not the largest member of the order Cetacea, but still a really big animal, measuring up to 18 meters (59 feet) long, what species was considered the epitome of whales, once hunted almost to extinction?

Answer: (Two words (Not the wrong whale))

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1. Much is made of the beauty of animals such as dolphins and tigers, but on the smaller scale is the dazzling yet unassuming insect that belongs to the suborder Epiprocta. If you wanted to observe this delicate, winged creature in its natural habitat, where would you hang out?

Answer: Around lakes, ponds, streams, and other wetlands

Dragonflies are anything but dull; they come in a wide variety of hues, most of which are beautiful and eye-catching. Dragonflies are similar in appearance to damselflies, another insect of the order Odonata that is often strikingly beautiful, and the two are often mistaken for each other by nature-lovers who stroll along canals and rivers or who circle ponds and lakes. The dragonfly feeds on small insects, including mosquitoes, and is in turn prey of animals such as birds and frogs.

Question and information by jonnowales.
2. The insect that has species such as Duke of Burgundy, Plum Judy, and painted lady is typically nocturnal.

Answer: False

There are many of the world's creatures - such as rats, bedbugs, and termites - that aren't particularly welcome at a person's home. On the other hand, the butterfly is generally considered a nice addition to anybody's garden, and because it is typically diurnal, it is a delight to see fluttering around in the daytime. The attractive pigmentation and gentle nature of the butterfly makes it pleasant to have around; however, this insect is very fussy! Butterflies such as the Burgundy, Plum Judy, and painted lady need very specific conditions (food source, weather, etc.) in order to flourish, and this fussiness can lead to species being wiped out very quickly indeed.

Question and information by jonnowales.
3. Ranging in size from 1.6 to 60 centimeters (around 5/8 inch to 24 inches), this fairly small reptile stores fat in its tail, licks its eyes to keep them clean and moist, and gets its name from an Indonesian-Malay onomatopoeic word that mimics the sound the animal makes. What sound does this creature seem to make?

Answer: gecko

Geckos can be found in warm places all over the world, and there are around 1,500 different species in the infraorder Gekkota of the class Reptilia. Geckos make a variety of chirping sounds to communicate with each other, and their repetitive "gecko" sounds are sometimes mistaken for bird calls. Because most species of geckos have no eyelids, they lick their eyes to keep them from drying out. They can be very colorful and make good pets. The gharial is also a reptile, but it is a species of crocodile with long narrow jaws. The average size of mature gharials is 3.5 to 4.5 m (11 to 15 ft), but the largest ever found was 6.25 m (20.5 ft), much bigger than a gecko. If a gharial does not say "gharial" it looks as if it should! An aye-aye is a lemur from the island of Madagascar, a small mammal, also named for the sound it makes. A dik-dik is a small African antelope; alarmed female dik-diks make a sound that has earned the whole species its name.

Question and information by nannywoo.
4. Measuring only 55-82 millimeters (2.2-3.2 inches) long, the common shrew, found throughout northern Europe and Great Britain, is a terror to smaller creatures like insects and worms, and is one of only two terrestrial mammals known to use what means of exploring its surroundings?

Answer: echolocation

The common shrew (Sorex araneus), also called the Eurasian shrew, is one of the most abundant mammals and can live in a great variety of habitats. Known for their voracious appetites, shrews eat constantly and are opportunistic feeders, devouring earthworms, spiders, wood lice, snails, slugs, small rodents, worms, all sorts of insects, and some seeds and other plant materials. They may eat twice their weight in food daily, because they metabolize food so rapidly they would die if they were without food 24 hours. Shrews and tenrecs are the only animals that live on land who echolocate. The lesser hedgehog tenrec (Echinops telfairi), found only on the island of Madacascar, at 13 to 17 cm (5 to 6.8 inches) a bit larger than the common shrew but still fairly small, is the only other species of land mammal that uses echolocation. The horseshoe bat, a flying mammal, varying in size from 2.5 cm to 14 cm, is a champion of echolocation, using it to pinpoint food, unlike the shrew, who only uses echolocation to explore its surroundings and orient itself within its habitat. Toothed whales - including dolphins, porpoises, river dolphins, killer whales, and sperm whales - all use echolocation but are aquatic animals who are much larger than shrews.

Question and information by nannywoo.
5. The coachwhip is a particular species of animal, endemic to parts of North America typified by open forests or sand. Many people fear the very sight of it. How many legs does this species have?

Answer: zero

The coachwhip is a species of snake that can be found slithering across the soily environments and open forests of the USA and Mexico. The coachwhip, which has the binomial name Masticophis flagellum, is a thin, non-venomous snake that averages between about fifty to seventy-five inches and its diet consists of lizards and rodents. If you want to hunt coachwhip snakes, you had better be on the ball; these guys have very good vision and can really get a move on!

Question and information by jonnowales.
6. One of the smaller members of the canine family, the red fox weighs around 5.9 kilograms (13 pounds) and is known for its intelligence. Female foxes are called "vixens" and baby foxes are called "kits", but what are adult male foxes sometimes called, based on a character in European folk tales?

Answer: Reynards

The most common species of fox is the red fox (Vulpes vulpes), which lives throughout the northern hemisphere, including North America, Europe, Asia, and the northern edge of Africa. They are considered an invasive species in Australia, where they were introduced by European settlers. The fox is a medium size for an animal, but is smaller than other canines - like wolves and most dogs. Coyotes are slightly larger than foxes but share their reputation for cleverness. Male foxes may be called tod, dog, or simply fox. One name for the male fox, Reynard, comes from European folklore and literature, in which the fox appears as a trickster. Reynard the Fox is a character in Geoffrey Chaucer's "The Nun's Priest's Tale" in "The Canterbury Tales"; however, the fox also appears in the imaginative narratives of many cultures - including ancient Mesopotamia, China, Japan, Korea, various tribes of North America and South America, and even the Hebrew Bible. The name for the female fox - vixen - has connotations of a feisty, slightly naughty attractiveness - much like the word "foxy" has for both men and women.

Question and information by nannywoo.
7. The first domestic mammal to have its genome completely mapped is a medium- to large-sized ungulate, familiar as a source of dairy products, beef, and leather. Why are individuals of this group often named "Bossy"?

Answer: "Bos" is the Latin word for cow, ox, or bull.

As a child growing up on a farm, nannywoo often wondered why so many cows were named "Bossy" when they actually seemed quite submissive - contented, even - and not bossy at all; of course, the reason for the name derives from Latin, the genus "Bos" being the Latin word for a cow, ox, or bull. Bos primigenius is technically the name for the ancestor of the group, the aurochs, but it is sometimes used as the collective classification for all bovines. Bos Taurus refers to domesticated cattle. The completion of the Bovine Genome sequencing and analysis was reported in the scholarly journal "Science" in 2009.

Question and information by nannywoo.
8. The even-toed ungulate mammal which possesses a blood pressure around twice that of humans is also known for which of these sizeable attributes?

Answer: Being the tallest terrestrial animal on earth.

The giraffe is the tallest terrestrial animal on Earth; however, it requires an extraordinary amount of force to circulate blood through its system, particularly to its lofty head. Charles Darwin theorised that the elongation of giraffe necks came into existence to facilitate access to food at greater heights than other competing animals. Sleeping as a giraffe would seem cumbersome to me, but, interestingly, whilst giraffes often do sleep lying down for short periods, there have been numerous instances of giraffes sleeping whilst standing!

Question and information by malik24.
9. The African bush elephant is the largest terrestrial mammal on Earth, and it's not pretty when one goes on a rampage. What is the name given to the period of time where a male elephant falls victim to a testosterone-fueled aggression?

Answer: Musth

Musth only affects adult male elephants although younger bulls can experience a weaker state of musth. During musth, elephants may attack both friend and foe alike indiscriminately. They will also be given priority access to females in heat. In addition, testosterone levels rise steeply: potentially to sixty times higher than at normal times. Domesticated elephants are often tied to a tree and starved for several days whilst the musth passes.

Question and information by malik24.
10. Docile and friendly, and buoyant after being killed - as the folk etymology goes - this species got its name because it was easy to hunt, kill, and render for oil. Not the largest member of the order Cetacea, but still a really big animal, measuring up to 18 meters (59 feet) long, what species was considered the epitome of whales, once hunted almost to extinction?

Answer: right whale

According to E.J. Dolin in "Leviathan: The History of Whaling in America" (quoted in Wikipedia) the popular belief that the right whale got its name because it was the "right" whale to hunt and kill may not be the case. Dolin quotes a newspaper article from 1766 as speculating that term means "to connote 'true' or 'proper,' meaning typical of the group [whales]." There are actually three species of right whales, named for their geographical ranges in the North Atlantic, North Pacific, and Southern Oceans, although they migrate long distances through their respective oceans. Right whales are baleen whales who eat mostly zooplankton and krill, filtering them through their baleen plates as they take in large amounts of sea water.

Question and information by nannywoo.
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