Amazing Animals: Walrus Quiz

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About This Quiz

The walrus has many clever adaptations to help it survive and thrive in some of the harshest climates on Earth. You may not be the walrus, but test your knowledge of these toothy creatures in the walrus quiz anyway.

Walruses belong to what order?

Walruses are a part of the Pinnipedia order, which also includes seals and sea lions.

How fast can walruses swim?

Although clumsy on land, walruses can reach speeds of up to 21.7 mph (35 kph) in the water.

The preferred food source of walruses are:

A grown walrus can consume 3,000 to 6,000 clams in one sitting.

How much faster do walruses lose body heat in the water than on land?

Despite the fact that walruses lose body heat 27 times faster in water than on land, they manage to maintain a core body temperature of 97.9 degrees Fahrenheit (36.6 degrees Celsius).

How do walruses locate their prey?

Walrus whiskers, known as vibrissae, are highly sensitive. Walruses possess anywhere from 400 to 700 whiskers in 13 to 15 rows around the nose.

The tusks of a walrus can reach a length of:

The two, long upper canines can reach a length of 3 feet (0.91 meters) and weigh 12 pounds (5.4 kilograms).

Which of the following do walruses not use their tusks for?

Walruses primarily use their tusks as tools for establishing dominance, but they also use tusks to haul themselves out of the water, to break breathing holes in the ice when underwater and to hook into the ice in order to take a break from swimming.

How much air can the pharyngeal pouches of a walrus hold?

Pharyngeal muscles, which can hold up to 13 gallons (49 liters) of air, enable walruses to float in the water in a vertical position while nursing and sleeping.

What enables walruses to maintain their body temperature in frigid water?

The thick layer of body fat, or blubber, under the skin can be up to 3.9 inches (10 centimeters) thick and, in the winter, may comprise up to a third of the animal's weight.

What is the gestation period for a walrus?

Females mate only once every two years due to their long gestation period of 15 months. They give birth in the water when they migrate north between mid-April and mid-June.

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