How Well Do You Know Your Canadian Wildlife?

ANIMALS

By: Heather Cahill

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Canada has many unique types of wildlife that add beauty and personality to the country. Think you know your Canadian wildlife? Take the quiz to find out!

Which Canadian animal is found in groups in the Arctic Ocean?

It's the Beluga whale. It is often called the "white whale" because it is entirely white. Belugas hold their breath underwater and come up to the surface to breathe.

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Which Canadian animal that is part of the weasel family spends a lot of its time in the water?

It's the Northern river otter. The northern river otter has webbed feet that assist it when in the water. Northern​ river otters can live to be in their 20s.

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Which Canadian animal migrates south during the winter?

It's the Canada Goose. When winter is over, these birds fly back to Canada for the summer. They travel in lines shaped like the letter 'V.'

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Which Canadian animal is the official bird of Newfoundland and Labrador?

It's the Atlantic puffin. This bird is only ten inches tall and commonly found at sea. They can fly at very fast speeds.

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Which Canadian animal is the largest species in the deer family?

It's the moose. Male moose have large antlers that somewhat resemble a paddle. Females a don't have antlers, and generally, ​inhabit forests.

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Which Canadian animal hibernates during the winter?

Grizzlies hibernate during the winter and are commonly found catching fish in rivers or lakes. They can weigh up to 800 pounds.

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Is it true or false that Thick Billed Murres don't build nests?

It is true. The thick billed murre doesn't build a nest. The female lays its egg and builds a "safety net" around the egg to keep it safe.

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Which Canadian animal looks as though it wears a mask over its eyes?

It's the raccoon. They can be found in forests and urban areas. Raccoons have an average life span of 3 years and they love to get into garbage!

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Which Canadian animal builds its home out of wood on the water?

Beavers build their homes, which are commonly called dams, out of wood and along the water. Beavers also have large tails that they slap against the water when they sense danger.

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Which Canadian animal, previously thought to be nonvenomous, has been found to have venom?

The garter snake is small and its venom has little to no effect on humans. These snakes, like bears, also hibernate during the winter.

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Which Canadian animal looks like a large cat?

The lynx was commonly hunted for its fur. They are found in forests. These big cats love to feed on snowshoe hares.

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Is it true or false that the brown bat migrates?

The brown bat does not migrate, and it can live to be in its 30s. They love to eat bugs and can be affected by White Nose Syndrome, that can lead to their death.

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Which Canadian animal is the only species of deer where males and females can both grow antlers?

The Caribou is commonly found in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. It is often referred to as a reindeer.

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Which Canadian animal has orange and black wings?

The monarch migrates to the south as the cold weather approaches. These butterflies lay their eggs on milkweeds.

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Which Canadian animal is related to the gray wolf?

The northwestern wolf is found on the west coast of Canada and it preys on elk and other large animals. It has many different names, including "Canadian Timber Wolf."

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Which Canadian animal is related to the marten?

The fisher is related to the marten and lives in forests in Canada. The fisher is small, resembles a cat, and has black/brown fur.

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Is it true or false that female prairie dogs only give birth to one pup at a time?

Female prairie dogs give birth to litters of multiple pups at one time. The black tailed prairie dog can be found in the province of Saskatchewan.

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Which Canadian animal, although spotted, is hard to spot?

The salamander is found on the east coast of Canada. Salamanders can live to be about 30 years old.

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Which Canadian animal has a white fur coat?

The polar bear lives in the tundra and is under conservation. Polar bears love to swim, and they can live to be in their 20s.

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Which Canadian animal is part of the weasel family?

Wolverines are vicious animals that like to keep themselves hidden. They love to eat any type of meat, no matter what size it is!

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Which Canadian animal has eyes that are completely black?

The harp seal is coated with blubber that keeps it warm in its habitat in the tundra. Newborn harp seals are called "pups."

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Is it true or false that the red fox is the smallest species of fox in Canada?

The red fox is actually the largest species of fox in the country. Red foxes are omnivores and will eat small animals as well as fruits.

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Which Canadian animal lives in the tundra and has fur used to make clothing?

The arctic hare lives in the extreme cold of the tundra. It has a thick coat of hair that is often used to make clothing. The summer coat is a darker color than the winter coat, which is white to blend in with the snow.

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Which Canadian animal is part of the cattle family?

Muskoxen live is herds and have thick layers of fur that protect them from the cold. They inhabit the tundra.

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Which Canadian animal has a brown coat in the summer and a white coat in the winter?

The arctic fox can keep itself warm in extremely cold temperatures and has excellent hearing. It commonly eats birds' eggs.

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Which Canadian animal is commonly referred to as a "killer whale"?

Orcas eat other marine animals such as fish and seals. These whales typically have a black body with white patches near their eyes.

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Which Canadian animal is the largest land mammal in North America?

Wood bison are commonly found on the west coast of Canada and toward the north. The wood bison was once an endangered species, but its population has seen growth.

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Which Canadian animal has brown, curved horns?

Dall sheep are found in the northern areas of Canada, like the Yukon and the Northwest Territories. They can travel to most places that other animals can't!

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Which Canadian animal is nicknamed "the whistler"?

T​he marmot is nicknamed "the whistler" because of a loud sound it makes that resembles a whistle. The hoary marmot lives in mountainous areas.

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It is true or false that the loon is the provincial bird of Saskatchewan?

The loon is the provincial bird of Ontario, and it is depicted on the loonie. Loons are found on lakes throughout Canada where they enjoy fishing.

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Which Canadian animal is named after one of its distinct features?

Bighorn sheep have large horns that curve behind their heads. They are most commonly found in the Canadian Rockies.

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Which Canadian animal can run at 56 kilometers per hour?

Cougars take on many different names and can live to be 12 years old. They are found throughout the country and are commonly found on mountains or in forests.

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Which Canadian animal is nocturnal and looks like it has horns on its head?

Male great horned owls are smaller than the females. These birds inhabit all areas. Some that live in colder areas even migrate.

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Which Canadian animal that is part of the weasel family preys on squirrels?

The pine marten is great at hunting and can live to be approximately 9 years old. These animals are very fast and can be quite aggressive!

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Which Canadian animal is now extinct?

The Labrador Duck became extinct in the 1800s although it's not known why. These ducks migrated to the south during the winter like Canadian geese do today.

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