Quiz Round 4: The Living World

Do you know your flora from your fauna? Test yourself on these questions about nature...
28 July 2020


A kingfisher perched on a branch.



Do you know your flora from your fauna? Test yourself on these questions about nature that Chris, Bhavesh, and Megan tackled on the show. Answers at the bottom!


  1. What kind of animals can be Scottish Folds, Siamese, or Russian Blue?
  2. Herpetology is the study of what?
  3. What tree do we get aspirin from?
  4. Which are bigger - viruses or bacteria?
  5. What (probably) killed the dinosaurs?
  6. What plant family is vanilla in? It's a family known for stunning and varied flowers.
  7. What is the largest animal to ever live?
  8. What do you call the young of a bobcat?
  9. In 2018, an Egyptian zoo tried to pass a donkey off as which animal by painting it?
  10. Name a mammal that lays eggs.


  1. True or false: domestic dogs only see in black and white.
  2. If I have ornithophobia, what am I afraid of?
  3. Name a drug that comes from poppies.
  4. What would a bacteria use a flagellum for: signalling or moving?
  5. Which dinosaur's name means king of the tyrant lizards?
  6. What plant has varieties such as Arabica and Robusta?
  7. What's the largest living bird?
  8. Which animal is also known as an orca?
  9. In 2014, an Italian circus troop passed off dogs as which animals by painting them black and white?
  10. What do you call a group of eggs that tadpoles come out of?


  1. Where do budgies originally come from - Australia or Africa?
  2. A lepidopterist collects what kind of insect?
  3. True or false: rubber can come out of trees.
  4. What is widely-described as the 'powerhouse' of the cell - the ribosome or the mitochondria?
  5. Did the stegosaurus have a brain the size of an apple, or a walnut?
  6. Which drink was originally used to combat malaria: vodka and orange, or G&T?
  7. The smallest mammal weighs just two grams, and is one inch long. Is it a bat, or a rat?
  8. Which animal was the first to be called a panda, the red panda or the giant panda?
  9. In 2013, a chinese zoo used a Tibetan Mastiff, a dog with a fluffy neck, in place of what animal?
  10. Which animals’ eggs are sometimes called mermaid's purses?



  1. Cat
  2. Amphibians & reptiles
  3. Willow
  4. Bacteria
  5. A meteor
  6. Orchid
  7. Blue whale
  8. A bobkitten
  9. A zebra
  10. Echidna or platypus


  1. False (they can distinguish blues and greens well)
  2. Birds
  3. Morphine, heroin, opium, fentanyl... any opiates
  4. Moving
  5. Tyrannosaurs rex
  6. Coffee
  7. The ostrich
  8. Killer whale
  9. Giant pandas
  10. Frogspawn


  1. Australia
  2. Butterflies and moths
  3. True
  4. Mitochondria
  5. An apple (it's a myth that its brain was walnut-sized)
  6. G&T
  7. A bat (the Kitti's hog-nosed bat, aka the bumblebee bat)
  8. The red panda
  9. A lion
  10. Sharks, skates, or rays


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