Native Creature Quiz

How much do you know about our native creatures? Take the Quiz and find out.

Some of the answers are on our website. Were you paying attention? Good luck…


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#1. Woodpeckers like this red-bellied woodpecker are “zygodactyl”. This means that:

#2. If you find baby rabbits in the grass and don’t see an adult rabbit near the nest after watching from a distance:

#3. A mother songbird will reject her baby if you touch it because she can smell your scent.

#4. This is Virginia’s only native marsupial which means that it carries its young in a pouch. It “plays dead” to fool other animals and humans into leaving it alone. Can you name it?

#5. The eastern gray squirrel weighs about a pound when full grown, but starts its life at a ½ ounce! Born naked, blind, and deaf, they are totally dependent on their mother. A mother squirrel has 2 to 5 babies in a litter. How many “litters” do gray squirrels usually have each year?

#6. These birds can live up to 15 years. They need clean wetlands, marshes, and shorelines to nest and find food. With a six-foot wing span, they are one of the biggest of our native birds. Which creature is this?

#7. Who may keep native wildlife as pets in Virginia?

#8. People often think these native creatures are washing their paws in streams when, in fact, they are fishing for dinner! They can go up or down a tree head first and are great swimmers. Which creature is this?

#9. This isn’t Virginia’s smallest owl, but it’s close. It is small enough to nest in a bird’s nest box and it can be in two colors, reddish (called rufus) and gray. Can you name it?

#10. This bird is a frequent visitor to backyard feeders. It is a type of finch and is the state bird of Virginia. What is it?

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