BTYM Podcast: Episode 58 – Animal Trivia

It’s time for another trivia edition of the BTYM podcast. This time we’re going wild. That’s right, it’s animal trivia. And then a pun about animals goes here!

Chelsea took predatory animals, obvy, while Michael took prey (which it turns out is like, every animal).

We’ve also included below an extra special copy of the questions and answers so that all of our deaf readers can play along.


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1. Which animals, often associated with the foretelling of danger undetectable by humans, can be coaxed into singing by placing them next to running water?
Answer = Canaries
2. Supposed evidence proving the existence of these legendary creatures often include the ivory horns of narwhals, real-life cetaceans.
Answer = Unicorns
3. While not a technical term, what’s the common name for the larval stage of a common flying insect, which have practical purposes from eating to treating wounds to dating corpses?
Answer = Maggots
4. Which animals are commonly referred to as the most poisonous spiders, but they don’t kill people because they’re fangs are too small to penetrate skin? This misconception is incorrect on many levels, notably that they not only don’t produce venom nor have fangs, but they aren’t even spiders.
Answer = Daddy Long Legs
5. This class of spiny, round, bottom-dwelling sea creatures are related to sand dollars, but unlike them are considered a delicacy in some cuisines.
Answer = Urchins
6. Which small, semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammal is a common hunting target by humans due to its highly-prized coat, used in expensive clothing?
Answer = Mink
7. Which animals sport a defense mechanism — which covers most of their body and is very light and hollow — that doubles as a flotation device.
Answer = Porcupine
8. These common birds were killed almost to extinction in the 1950s and 1960s by a Mao Zedong-backed plan to exterminate crop-eating pests, which had the unintended consequence of dramatically increasing insect populations.
Answer = Sparrows
9. Which group of animals has the longest-living lifespan, typically 150 years in nature or as much as 177 years in captivity?
Answer = Tortoises (Giant)
10. The males of which Antarctic species withstands 60 days of cold to protect its eggs, which he keeps under a flap on his feet, during which he doesn’t eat?
Answer = Emperor Penguin
Bonus. These male birds, even those born deaf, innately make the daily calls they’re so well known for.
Answer = Roosters


1. This large reptile can take down mammals like goats, pigs monkeys and even water buffalo. Because of its loose jaw, flexible skull, expanding stomach and copious red saliva, this reptile can often swallow small mammals whole. What is this reptile predator?
The Komodo Dragon or Large Monitor lizard

2. There are a few key ways to tell the difference between Alligators and Crocodiles, but it doesn’t matter because the two predators don’t live in the same parts of the world…except for this one state in the US.
Follow-up- how can you tell the difference between crocs and gators?
aligator- freshwater, U shaped mouth, upper teeth visible
Croc- salt and fresh, V chaped mouth, upper and lower teeth visible

3. Grizzly Bears are scary as hell. If you encounter one, you should stand very still, then start walking backwards very slowly while talking in a low monotone voice. If that doesn’t work and the bear charges, what should you do next?
Bear spray, play dead and then fight like hell

4. While lions are called “the king of the jungle” they are only the 2nd largest cat, weighing in at almost 550lbs. What is the largest cat?
Tiger (670lbs)

5. Human attacks by this massive predator are often non-fatal because the creature starts with a “test-bite” where it discovers that people don’t taste very good because we have too many bones and not enough fat.
Great White Shark

6.  Not all predators are created equal. Some, like frogs or snakes prey on insects but can find themselves victims to larger predators. What do you call a predator that is not preyed upon as a healthy adult in the wild?
An Apex predator

7. The Tasmanian devil is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world, but it wasn’t always- that title was held by the Thylacine until it was hunted to extinction in 1936. What is the more common name for the Thylacine?
The Tasmanian Tiger.

8. While the bite from this spider is not usually fatal, you had better hope you get bitten by a male because the venom of the female is three times as potent.
Black Widow

9. This species, with it’s opposable thumbs and high powered brain, is the only one that kills for fun and not just sustenance.

10.  This snake is one of the longest, fastest and most venomous snakes in Africa, if not the world. When looking for it, know that it gets its name from the color inside of its mouth, not the color of its scales which can be anything from green to yellow to grey.
Black Mamba

SPEED ROUND- Predators often hunt in groups because of the strategic advantage of multiple teeth and claws. I will name the predator, you give me what they are called in a group
Whales- Pods
Wolves- Pack
Wasps- Swarm
Crows- Murder
Heyenas- cackle, clan
Monkeys- Troop
Coyotes- Band


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