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Quiz: Can You Identify These Commonly Confused Animals?

People often mix up llamas and alpacas. Can you tell them apart?

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There are more animals on earth than we can count. Scientists estimate there are more than 8 million species of animals on the planet, and they are discovering new species with regularity. Pretty unfathomable, right?

Still, there are certain animals that most of us are familiar with. Even those that are beyond the barnyard variety. Like beavers and muskrats, alligators and crocodiles. Everybody knows these animals, but they’re also examples of animals that are easily mistaken for the other.

Think you know your crocs from your gators and then some? Test out your animal recognition knowledge with our “easily confused” animals quiz to see if you know your seals from your seal lions and your llamas from your alpacas and more.

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This is a sea lion. One easy way to remember the difference: Sea lions have external ear flaps while seals do not.

1. Is this a seal or sea lion?

Seal
Sea Lion
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This is a possum. One easy way to remember the difference: Possums are found in Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, Sulawesi and China, and are more closely related to a kangaroo. The opossum is found in North America.

2. Is this an opossum or a possum?

Possum
Opossum
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This is a porpoise. One easy way to remember the difference: Dolphins have elongated beaks and porpoises have smaller mouths.

3. Is this a dolphin or a porpoise?

Porpoise
Dolphin