September is Biodiversity Month. Celebrate by taking this quiz about the variety of life you’ll find here on Earth. How biodiverse is your knowledge?
#1. Do bats lay eggs?
Bats do not lay eggs.
#2. Lots of species, including emus, red kangaroos and red-bellied black snakes, are endemic to Australia. What does endemic mean?
Endemic species can only be found in one place in the world. About 85% of Australian mammals, 45% of Australian birds and almost 90% of Australian freshwater fish are endemic.
#3. What is an animal that eats animals, and doesn’t get hunted by other animals?
An apex predator sits at the top of the food chain, and has no natural predators.
#4. Which areas have the highest biodiversity, with many different species living in only a small area?
Tropical rainforests have many species living close together. It’s estimated that around half of all species on Earth live in rainforests.
#5. What’s the biggest native animal that lives in Australia?
Estuarine crocodiles (also known as saltwater crocodiles) can grow to 7 metres long, and can weigh more than one tonne!
Congratulations! You are a real science whiz!
Oh dear! Better brush up before the next quiz!