Can You Identify All These Australian Animals from a Photo?
By: Jacqueline Samaroo
About This Quiz
Known as the “island continent,” Australia has an abundance of exotic wildlife. Some, like the kangaroo and koala, are very familiar to all of us, but how many of Australia’s exceptional animals can you name from an image? Hop into our quiz and find out!
Which Australian animal is shown in this photo?
Emus are the world’s second largest birds after ostriches. Like ostriches, cassowary, rhea and kiwi, emus are also flightless.
A blobfish feeds by sucking small crustaceans into its mouth as it moves along the ocean floor. Active hunting would be difficult for the blobfish as it has no bones, no teeth and very low muscle mass.
The red-bellied black snake is extremely venomous and belongs to the same family as cobras. Although dangerous, it does not readily bite, but will ward off danger by raising it upper body off the ground, flattening its head and hissing.
During mating season, the male blue-tongued lizard will actively go out looking for a mate. Otherwise, these animals prefer to live alone for most of the year. Blue-tongued lizards are often kept as house pets.
Due to its habit of running on its hind legs when it is scared, the frilled lizard is often called the bicycle lizard. The “frill” is a loose flap of skin the lizard opens up around its head when it feels threatened.
This spiky lizard is sometimes called a “Thorny Dragon” or a “Mountain Devil." Thorny devils can change color from being yellow or red in warm weather to darker shades in cold weather or when they are alarmed.
These venomous spiders tend to reside in or close to human residences. It is believed they do this as a way to get both warmth and shelter. They make very sticky webs and feed on a diet of mostly small insects.
Australian snapping turtle are a type of large side-necked turtle. They pull their head into their shells by turning it to the side instead of simply pulling it straight inwards as most other turtles do.
The lyrebird can mimic both natural and artificial sounds in its surroundings, including other birds, chainsaws and car alarms. Male lyrebirds have a huge tail which is fanned out like a peacock’s during courtship.
Scientifically identified in 2014, the Australian humpback dolphin is one of only four species of humpback dolphins in the world. They live in groups of up to 31 members but on average, the Australian humpback dolphin group has only two or three members.
Red-eyed tree frogs are nocturnal and are related to the more often seen green tree frog. Although they breed in ground pools, the red-eyed tree frogs spend most of the rest of their lives among foliage in trees.
Flying foxes are actually large bats that are different from smaller bats in one very distinct way – they do not use echolocation to catch prey. Instead, they use their well-developed senses of sight and smell.
The first set of Myna birds were brought to Australia in 1863 as a means of pest control. Since then, however, they have gone on to be classified as invasive pests due to their negative effects on several native species, including the kookaburra, cockatoo and sugar glider.