Can You Name All of These Animals That Are Native to North America?

By: Kennita Leon
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About This Quiz

The animals that make their home on the North American continent are some of the most resilient in the world. They vary from living in extreme cold in places like Canada and Alaska, dry deserts like Arizona and warm, temperate areas like the Caribbean. Of all the continents, it may just have the most diverse group of animals. So, if you're up to the challenge of guessing which animal is which, based on a picture, this is the quiz for you! 

Animals like the bald eagle, the coyote, and the dolphin are obvious natives, but did you know that the Arctic wolf, cactus bee, and caribou are also from the North American continent? Well, even if you don't know these facts, knowing your animals will prove just as useful in this quiz. Knowing the differences between a coyote and hyena, a gopher and meerkat and a jellyfish and a squid could be the difference between a pass and a fail in this quiz. 

So if you think you're enough on an animal expert, or whether you just love the critters that live on the North American continent, take this quiz. Let's see if you can identify the animals we've chosen from a single picture, and maybe a tiny hint!

A cunning and intelligent creature, the red fox is a solitary hunter that mingles only during the winter for mating purposes. Contrary to its name, red foxes may also have coats of brown, grey and black.

Popularly known for its howl, wolves roam in packs. The gray wolf, once very common, was nearly hunted to extinction in the Northern Hemisphere.

A threatened species, prairie chickens are best-known for their mating rituals which include a stylized dance and "booming" sounds eluded by the birds.

So-named after its jumping attack, jumping spiders occupy a variety of habitats, ranging from treetops to leaf-covered grounds.

The most abundant wildcat found in the United States, the bobcat is twice as large as the common household cat and inhabits a variety of habitats such as forests, swamps, and deserts.

Named after its spinning flip hunting attack, the spinner shark is a requiem shark found in tropical and temperate waters.

Born with the ability to run backward, pocket gophers are small ground rodents equipped with clawed paws and sensitive whiskers, perfect for burrowing.

Also referred to as reindeer, caribous are the only subspecies of deer where both the male and female are adorned with antlers.

Existing in two variants of white and gray-brown plumage, snow geese are herbivorous birds that migrate every winter to the Arctic tundra for feeding and breeding purposes.

Considered living fossils, horseshoe crabs are arthropods and invertebrates that inhabit shallow ocean waters. They come ashore to mate occasionally.

The burrowing owl is a long-legged owl that inhabits open grasslands. Unlike regular owls, burrowing owls can be seen during the day and nest in burrows.

A formerly endangered species and great migrator, the gray whale grows up to fifty feet in length and often carries several parasites on its body giving it a rough, stone-like appearance.

A member of the dog family, coyotes inhabit the forests and mountains of North America and are opportunistic feeders.

Perhaps the most ferocious of all bears, grizzlies, as they are sometimes called, are so-named due to their grizzled brown fur.

The world's smallest leporid, the pygmy rabbit measures no more than thirty centimeters in length. One of its most notable features is the lack of white fur on its tail.

Traditionally known as the duck hawk in North America, the peregrine falcon is the fastest animal to exist and can fly at speeds of 320km/h when hunting.

Native to Southern Canada as well as to the southern United States, the spadefoot toad is a brown burrowing frog that is currently a threatened species.

A bird of prey, ferruginous hawks are among the largest members of the buteo hawk family. They are rust-colored and are often mistaken as eagles due to their size.

The second-fastest land mammal in the world, pronghorns are so-named after their peculiarly shaped horns. They are sprinters as well as long-distance runners.

More commonly known as a garden snake, the garter snake is a small, nearly harmless snake found across North America in various habitats.

Often held in captivity and used as a show animal, bottlenose dolphins are very intelligent mammals. Naturally, they inhabit tropical waters and hunt using echolocation.

A rodent of the great plains of North America, the black-tailed prairie dog was one of the most abundant in North America. Unlike most of the prairie dog family, the black-tailed type kept active during winter seasons.

As the name would suggest, cactus bees feed on the flowers of cacti. Unlike honey bees, cactus bees live in burrows in the ground.

Living up to a marvelous 60 years, North America's largest flying bird, the California condor is currently an endangered species due to unknown causes. It was once considered sacred by Native Americans.

Not to be misled by its name, the bald eagle is completely covered in brown feathers on its body and white feathers on its head. Although almost made extinct, it is the national symbol of the United States.

Closely resembling goats, mountain goats are, in fact, not members of the goat family. Instead, these hooved sure-footed climbers belong to the Bovidae family, which includes antelopes.

Commonly called a wild horse, mustangs are free-roaming horses in the United States. They were first introduced to the country by the Spanish and were once domesticated.

Officially referred to as the orca, the killer whale is covered in a skin of black with two white cheek-like spots and a white belly. They are the largest of the dolphins.

One of the largest species of the deer family, elk are red deer native to North America. They inhabit open plains and forests and are fast runners.

Native to North American deserts, fringe-toed lizards are brown lizards with fringe-like scales on their toes.

Named after the Greek muse Calliope, the Calliope hummingbird is a small flyer endemic to the United States and Canada.

Reaching a bare 30 centimeters in length, the eastern chipmunk lives in well-hidden burrows despite being a good tree-climber.

Roadrunners are small ground-running cuckoos found most commonly in the deserts of North America and Mexico. They are opportunistic feeders.

Considered to be primitive insects, mayflies, also referred to as shadflies or fishflies, are a species of insects t​hat hatch in large numbers during the summer. Mayflies have extremely short life-spans.

Inhabiting rugged and rocky mountains, bighorn sheep are well equipped with rough-bottomed hooves and keen vision. Their big horns are used by the males during mating battles.

A close relative of the American pika, the collared pika is a small, non-social lagomorph that inhabits boulder fields.

An endangered species, the West Indian manatee or sea cow is an aquatic mammal with only two front limbs and the largest survivor of the Sirenia family.

The largest member of the weasel family, wolverines are solitary hunters with a strong resemblance to bears; they inhabit boreal forests.

Found in wet and dry forests, long-tailed manakins are small birds no more than ten centimeters in length. The male birds have two long, centered feathers in their tails.

Officially known as the cougar, the mountain lion, an ambush predator, is the second-heaviest cat in North America and inhabits mountains and forests.

Perhaps the most common butterfly in North America, monarch butterflies are distinguished by their wing pattern of black, orange and white.

Weighing up to 1,800 pounds, the American moose is the largest of the deer species and best recognized by its extremely large antlers and long faces.

With a lifespan of 50 years, American alligators are primarily water dwellers and inhabit the waters of the southern United States. What was once an endangered species, the American alligator now has an ever-growing population.

Moon jellyfish, as they are called, are translucent, bell-shaped jellyfish officially referred to as Aurelia. They are found in coastal waters.

Distinguished by its snow-white coat and large carnassial, the arctic wolf is a sub-species of the gray wolf originating in Canada.

Covered in a coat of black and white feathers with red at the head, the acorn woodpecker, as the name suggests, feeds primarily on acorns.

The largest known species of jellyfish, lion's mane jellyfish, also called the hair jelly, inhabit the cold waters of the northern Atlantic Ocean. They are often orange with tentacles reaching lengths of thirty meters.

Native to the United States, Gila monsters are large venomous lizards easily recognized by their skins of black and pink intricate patterns.

Often mistaken for a buffalo, the American bison is a remarkable beast of 2,200 pounds. In 2016, the bison was named the national mammal of the United States.

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