Nature Quiz - Mammals - Australasian Mammals (Questions)

Australasia is made up of Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea and Pacific Ocean islands. Australia is the world's sixth-largest country by total area. Given its sheer size and varied climate, there is a wealth of fauna that inhabit Australia. New Zealand is split into the North Island and South Island. The capital of New Zealand is Wellington in the South Island and its largest city is Auckland in the North Island. Before humans arrived, New Zealand was covered in roughly 80% of forest.

New Guinea is in the southwest Pacific Ocean and is the second largest island in the world, after Greenland. Compared to Australia, New Guinea has much more rainfall and a higher active volcanic geology. In spite of this, both New Guinea and Australia have similar animal fauna.

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1. The world's first confirmed identical twin koalas were born in 1999 at the University of Queensland. What were they named?
[ ] Lano and Woodley
[ ] Jason and Kylie
[ ] Euca and Lyptus
[ ] Sleepy and Lazy
2. Where does the Tasmanian devil store fat?
[ ] Tail
[ ] Neck
[ ] Hind legs
[ ] Shoulders
3. How many native predators of the possum are there in New Zealand?
[ ] 1
[ ] 2
[ ] 3
[ ] None
4. Captain Cook arrived back in England in 1771 with a kangaroo on board. What was the name of his ship?
[ ] HMS Endeavour
[ ] HMS Resolution
[ ] HMS Exploration
[ ] HMS Bravado
5. Since 2005 there has been an unofficial holiday called Wombat Day. On what date does it occur?
[ ] 22 April
[ ] 22 June
[ ] 22 August
[ ] 22 October
6. Since the introduction of decimal currency to Australia in 1966, the embossed image of a platypus has appeared on the tail side of which coin?
[ ] 5 cent
[ ] 10 cent
[ ] 20 cent
[ ] 50 cent
7. What is the name of a baby Spectacled Flying Fox?
[ ] Cub
[ ] Pup
[ ] Foxlet
[ ] Batlet
8. What is the dingo also known as?
[ ] Bush dog
[ ] Red wolf
[ ] Warrigal
[ ] Bush wolf
9. The short-beaked Echidna is a monotreme. What does this mean?
[ ] It sheds skin
[ ] It lays eggs
[ ] It lives on land and in water
[ ] It only lives for one year
10. Can you identify this Australasian mammal?
[ ] Eastern Barred Bandicoot
[ ] Rakali
[ ] Northern Quoll
[ ] Bush Rat
Nature Quiz - Mammals - Australasian Mammals (Answers)
1. The world's first confirmed identical twin koalas were born in 1999 at the University of Queensland. What were they named?
[ ] Lano and Woodley
[ ] Jason and Kylie
[x] Euca and Lyptus
[ ] Sleepy and Lazy
2. Where does the Tasmanian devil store fat?
[x] Tail
[ ] Neck
[ ] Hind legs
[ ] Shoulders
A fat tail means a healthy devil!
3. How many native predators of the possum are there in New Zealand?
[ ] 1
[ ] 2
[ ] 3
[x] None
4. Captain Cook arrived back in England in 1771 with a kangaroo on board. What was the name of his ship?
[x] HMS Endeavour
[ ] HMS Resolution
[ ] HMS Exploration
[ ] HMS Bravado
5. Since 2005 there has been an unofficial holiday called Wombat Day. On what date does it occur?
[ ] 22 April
[ ] 22 June
[ ] 22 August
[x] 22 October
It is at the beginning of the traditional aboriginal spring planting season
6. Since the introduction of decimal currency to Australia in 1966, the embossed image of a platypus has appeared on the tail side of which coin?
[ ] 5 cent
[ ] 10 cent
[x] 20 cent
[ ] 50 cent
7. What is the name of a baby Spectacled Flying Fox?
[ ] Cub
[x] Pup
[ ] Foxlet
[ ] Batlet
8. What is the dingo also known as?
[ ] Bush dog
[ ] Red wolf
[x] Warrigal
[ ] Bush wolf
9. The short-beaked Echidna is a monotreme. What does this mean?
[ ] It sheds skin
[x] It lays eggs
[ ] It lives on land and in water
[ ] It only lives for one year
The monotremes are the only group of mammals to do so
10. Can you identify this Australasian mammal?
[x] Eastern Barred Bandicoot
[ ] Rakali
[ ] Northern Quoll
[ ] Bush Rat