Can You Match the Predator to Its Prey?


By: Olivia C

5 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Predator and prey relationships have long existed on earth even before humans came to be on it. 

Mother Nature sure knows how to work it that way. She starts by building organism after organism, letting them nurture themselves and develop according to their own environmental needs. Of course, this also pertains to hunting for food, or looking for it.

There are different kinds of animals that eat different kinds of things. But one thing is certain in the animal kingdom: There will always be smaller creatures that will end up as food of bigger ones. This phenomenon is actually called the food chain. Predators exist at varying levels of this food chain. But that predator could also be the prey of another predator which is higher up on the chain. Well, such is life!

And in the evolution of the world, there have been some developments in ecological relationships. Some strange or interesting predator-prey relationships were produced over the years, that's why we can now clearly identify which animal hunts or eats which creature.

So, if you think you're good at identifying such creatures, why not give this quiz a try. Hop in!

A seal can be attacked by which "hugger?"

A polar bear may look harmless, but it's not. Ask any seal that swims away from it!


Leaping antelopes may not get far if this is on their tail. What's this predator?

Hyenas can easily eat up an antelope. They can do it individually or in hunting packs.


Salmon could be clawed by which creature?

A black bear can easily catch salmon in running waters with its claws. Now that's expert fishing!


Everybody knows that a mouse is attacked by which pet?

The cat and mouse chase is the most classic example of the predator and prey. Although it's also an example that the predator doesn't literally eat its prey all the way -- the tortured hunt is enough sometimes.


Hopping away won’t save a rabbit from which predator?

A fox always catches a rabbit. That's why hunters like keeping them nearby when hunting.


A zebra often gets attacked by which typical creature?

The lion is not the king of the jungle for nothing. Zebras beware!


A raccoon can be hunted by which flying animal?

Bald eagles can easily spot a running raccoon. They have their own version of the cat-and-mouse thing going there.


Krill serve as prey to which kind of water creature?

The small krill serves as appetizers to the huge, huge humpback whale. Life really isn't fair...


The snowshoe hare is a prey that has adjusted to which predator?

A Canadian lynx knowns how to lure the snowshoe hare. They have evolved together as predator and prey over the decades.


A bobcat could also become prey to which predator?

Coyotes can also outrun their prey. That's why it can catch up with a bobcat.


The huge moose could be downed by which smaller creature?

A fast hunter like a wolf can easily tackle a huge moose. No kidding!


A gazelle gets clawed upon by which creature?

A cheetah can easily tear a gazelle apart. It uses its claws and teeth in the process.


We humans can be ferociously attacked by which furry beast?

Grizzly bears are cute and cuddly-looking, but they are deadly. They won't respect any human along their path, so beware of its wrath!


The poor sea otter is prey to which huge beast?

A great white shark can easily overpower a sea otter. That's just how life rolls ...


The unassuming anteater is hunted by which predator?

A jaguar is a stealthy hunter of the wild. Anteaters could often be caught in its path.


An elk is often hunted by which color-specific creature?

A gray wolf can easily bite an elk when it hunts one. Poor elk...


A monkey could be attacked by which four-legged predator?

Even monkeys can't outwit or outlast leopards. Stealth is wealth!


A pig can be prey to which creature?

Komodo dragons can actually eat one whole pig alive! Or maybe it puts up a fight, then the rest is digestion history...


Thanks or no thanks to the food chain, a snake can also be hunted down by which flying creature?

A hawk can easily spy its prey with its great vision. Beware, snakes!


The predator wolf can also become prey when encountering which watery creature?

A crocodile can snap up almost anything on its path. Wolves who make the mistake of trying to attack one will certainly lose this battle.


Insects are often hunted by what type of bird?

Blue jays are known to eat insects. They're quite low maintenance.


The caribou’s predator is which one?

The wolverine is a real animal, yes. And it can eat larger or smaller animals such as the caribou.


The octopus is no match to which predator?

Killer whales can eat other huge water creatures because, well, they kill! Sorry octopuses of the underworld.


Flies could be prey to predator plants, too! What’s plant snacks on this fly?

The Venus flytrap is a scary plant that eats meat, like flies and other unfortunate creatures. Hey, that might be karmic evolution there...


The deer is the prey of which predator?

The jackal can actually hunt for many types of prey. The deer is easy enough, and so is an antelope or any rodent out there.


Grasshoppers are food to which kind of bird?

American robins are not shy about eating small insects. Grasshoppers, beware!


Even fast fishes can’t escape this diving predator.

Ospreys have developed feet according to their evolutionary needs. They can hold onto slippery fishes when hunting. Fancy that!


The lemming is prey to which predator?

Arctic foxes often hunt for lemmings. It's a carnivorous world out there!


By its very definition, ants are eaten by which creature?

Contrary to popular belief, anteaters don't eat just ants. They eat termites, too.


Don't have a cow, especially when this apex predator eats it all. What is this creature called?

Yep, whether we like it or not, we humans are also predators. In fact, we're the kind that's on top of the food chain, y'all!


A slug, no matter how sluggish, will be eaten by this amphibian.

A toad's usual diet consists of many things. But yes, slugs are easily accessible, because they move slower.


The squirrel won't get away when this is around to hunt it. What is it?

Bobcats are also part of the family of roaring cats. Yep, the non-domesticated kind.


The lambs may be crying, Clarice, because of this predator. What is it?

A puma can easily take down a lamb. The same applies for the bigger sheep.


Not-so-oddly enough, the spider can be prey to which creature?

Spider wasps are indeed a different kind of wasp. They specialize in eating spiders.


Pesky aphids are eaten by this small predator. What’s it called?

A ladybug, no matter how small, can also eat smaller creatures. Its usual prey is the aphid, considered as pests in farm plantations.


Crabs are often hunted by which kind of flying creature?

A barn owl has a diverse diet, actually. It can eat a shrew, a crab, fish or even small animals.


Good luck to a capybara when encountering this predator.

A piranha, while a fish, could easily overpower a huge rodent like the capybara. Hey, don't underestimate those fangs with those scales!


A typical gecko could be eaten by which larger creature?

The Oriental garden lizard is huge enough to swallow a typical gecko without a fight. It's a lizard to lizard battle, y'all!


A snail’s shell is no match for which creature?

The platypus likes to search underwater, like really deep down, when hunting for prey. Snails and company, beware!


A blue jay, in turn, could be hunted down by which creature?

Snakes can easily paralyze their prey with their venom first. Then, they have this habit of swallowing, not chewing. Sorry, blue jays!


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