Animal Comparisons

There are many different types of animals on Earth. Many of these animals have lots of things in common. Others are quite different. In comparing animals we can look for things that are the same, and things that are different to help us understand how these animals are related to each other. Want to learn more? Check out our reference library section on "Animal Comparison." For much more detailed comparison see the reference library section on Animal Classification.

Test how much you know about animals -- how they are the same, and how they are different.

 
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Sea Animals

How are the shark and the dolphin the same?
They both live in water
They both have fins for swimming
They both eat fish
All of the above

How are the shark and the dolphin different
?
The dolphin is a mammal that must come to the surface to breathe air
The shark is a fish that can breathe under water through gills
Dolphins have been known to help humans in the water, while sharks have been known to eat humans in the water
All of the above

Land Animals

How are the lion and the zebra the same?
They both live in Africa
They both have 4 legs, 2 eyes, 2 ears and a tail
They both have a mane
All of the above

How are the lion and the zebra different?
Zebras have stripes
Lions have claws on their feet, zebras have hooves
Zebras each grass, lions eat meat
All of the above

 

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