Life Cycles - Animals
Young rabbits are known as kittens.

Life Cycles - Animals

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The life cycles of animals are the stages from birth to death. All living things grow and change, including you! The journey from birth, through growth and change, to death, is called the life cycle. For insects, it starts with an egg. Then a larva emerges. This becomes a pupa and finally an adult. Humans are born as babies. We then grow into children and adolescents before we become adults.

1.
Which of the following species gives birth to live young?
Robins
Crocodiles
Mosquitoes
Mice
Nearly all mammals give birth to live young, the only exceptions being the platypus and some spiny anteaters, known as echidna, all of which are unique to Australia
2.
Gestation is another name for pregnancy. Which of these animals has the longest gestation period?
Dog
Rat
Elephant
Human
Elephant gestation takes 616 days - that's over one year and eight months!
3.
A butterfly larva is called a caterpillar. In its next stage, what happens to the caterpillar?
It dies
It changes into a chrysalis
It reproduces
It changes into a butterfly
Chrysalis is another name for an insect pupa - it is also called a cocoon
4.
In the human life cycle, which stage comes after childhood and before adulthood?
Toddler
Maturity
Infancy
Adolescence
Another word for adolescence is teenage
5.
Why is reproduction a necessary part of the life cycle?
If it did not reproduce, a species would become extinct
Without reproduction, there would be too many of each species
If it did not reproduce, there would not be any young animals to look after the older animals
Without reproduction, animals would not continue to grow and develop
As all animals eventually die, young animals have to be produced to take their place
6.
Which of these is the correct order of an insect's life cycle?
Egg → Larva → Pupa → Adult
Larva → Pupa → Egg → Adult
Egg → Pupa → Larva → Adult
Adult → Egg → Pupa → Larva
When the adult reproduces and lays eggs, the whole cycle begins again
7.
Which adult animal looks very different when it is young?
Lion
Frog
Turtle
Elephant
Tadpoles change quite a bit as they grow into adult frogs
8.
Which of the following is not a stage in an animal's life cycle?
Birth
Reproduction
Feeding
Death
An animal life cycle includes birth, growth, reproduction and death
9.
Cats give birth to kittens. The young of which of the following animals are also known as kittens?
Horses
Trout
Rabbits
Lions
The young of beavers, mice, rats and squirrels are all called kittens too
10.
Different animals have different life spans. Approximately how long is the average human life span?
Between 10 and 20 years
Between 30 and 40 years
Between 50 and 60 years
70 years or more
Although people in many countries around the world have a life expectancy that is less than 70 years, the average healthy person can expect to live to at least that age
Author:  Sheri Smith

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