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Animal Riddles

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Ben has held a life-long interest in language and has a particular interest in the expressions, phrases, and idioms that contribute to it.

What are Riddles?

So what is a riddle?

  • It is a question that is worded in such a way as to require clever or unexpected thinking in order to find the answer. One of the most commonly used methods of setting a riddle is to use words with double meanings.
  • It is a statement, or question, or phrase that has a veiled meaning.
  • In order to be successful, a riddle needs someone to ask the question - or pose the riddle and another person or persons to accept the challenge.
  • Riddles are mysteries to be solved.
  • Riddles can also be put as puzzles to be resolved.

Used by people since before recorded history, riddles have become a type of guessing game involving wit and skill. In today's modern age, riddles are more like jokes, with questions that have a trick answer. Over the years, they seem to take on subtle and different forms.

How good are you at solving riddles? Puzzling, perplexing, yet riddles can be fun.

How good are you at solving riddles? Puzzling, perplexing, yet riddles can be fun.

Riddles and Learning

Riddles are great fun and can be an excellent way for children to learn about words and vocabulary.

Riddles can demonstrate to a child that words can have more than one meaning. I have always found that sharing riddles and the fun they generate along with engagement on the thinking behind the riddle, goes down really well and often leads to the youngster being inspired to explore riddles further.

Animal Riddles

  • What color socks do bears wear?

they don't - they have bear feet !

  • What bird never goes to the barber?

a Bald Eagle!

  • Why are dogs such poor dancers?

they have Two Left Feet !

Try Solving These Riddles

  • What is it that a cat has that no other animal can have?

kittens!

  • Why did the Grizzly catch cold?

because he went outside in his bear feet!

  • What is 3 storeys high and moves through the jungle at 15 mph?

a Giraffe on roller skates !

Giraffe on skates

Giraffe on skates

Giggle Generating Riddles

  • What did the Pony say when he had a sore throat?

excuse me - I'm a little hoarse !

  • What do you call a left handed dog?

a South Paw.

  • What did the Bee say when he got home?

hi Honey!

  • What is Striped and Bouncy?

a Tiger on a Pogo Stick

More Quandary Causing Riddles

  • What do you call a crying Camel?

a Humpback Wail !

  • What did the Parrot say when he fell in love with a Duck?

Polly want a Quacker !

  • Why are Elephants poor?

because they work for Peanuts!

  • Why does an Ostrich have such long legs?

so their feet can touch the ground!

  • What do you get if you cross a Beetle and an Australian Dog?

Dingo Star !

Polly Wants a Cracker. A plethora of parrots.

Polly Wants a Cracker. A plethora of parrots.

Have you Cracked These Riddles yet?

  • What do you call a great dog detective?

Sherlock Bones !

  • Which animal uses a nutcracker?

a toothless Squirrel.

  • What do you give a sick bird?

tweetment !

  • In which river would you find lots of snakes?

the Hiss-issippi!.

Which animal uses a nutcracker riddle? Tired out from all this riddling yet?

Which animal uses a nutcracker riddle? Tired out from all this riddling yet?

Even More Animal Riddles to Chuckle at

  • What has a horn, but does not honk?

a Rhinoceros.

  • What kind of money do Polar Bears use?

ice Lolly !

  • What do you get if you cross a bear and a harp?

a bear-faced lyre!

  • What fur do we get from a Tiger?

as fur away as possible!

  • What is as big as an elephant, but doesn't weigh anything?

an elephants shadow.

Brainteasers

  • What type of food do you feed a racehorse?

fast food !

  • What two keys cannot open any doors?

Monkeys and Donkeys.

  • What illness does a Bee suffer from if it visits too many flowers?

high bud Pressure!

  • What do you call a gorilla with a banana in both ears?

whatever you want. He can't hear you!.

  • What do you call a kitten drinking lemonade?

a sourpuss!

It's Just Bananas

It's just bananas

It's just bananas

The Puzzlement Continues

  • Can you spell mouse-trap with just three letters?

C - A - T

  • What do you call a fish without an eye?

a fsh.

  • What always sleeps with its shoes on?

a horse!

  • How do you keep a noisy dog quiet?

with hush puppies.

  • Which reptile can tell the time?

a grandfather croc!

Are You as Confused as the Baby Ant?

  • What do lazy dogs do for fun?

chase parked cars!

  • Why was the baby ant confused?

all his uncles were ants!

  • How do you know peanuts are fattening?

have you ever seen a skinny elephant!

  • What can make an Octopus laugh?

ten tickles! (tentacles)

  • What do you get when you cross a snowman with a wolf?

- frostbite

Why not take part in my poll?

These Riddles Need Solving

  • What do you get if you cross a Squirrel with a Kangaroo?

an animal that carries nuts in its pocket!

  • Why do Hummingbirds hum?

because they don't know the words!

  • Where Should You Never Take a Dog?

to a Flea Market !

  • Why do Dragons sleep all day?

because they hunt knights !

  • What grows down when it grows up?

a Goose!

More Conundrums

  • What do you get when you cross a Parrot and a Tiger?

I don't know. But whatever it is, you had better listen carefully!

  • What do you get if you cross a spider and a rat?

an aRATnid

  • What do Moths study at school?

mothematics!

  • Why did King Kong climb to the top of the Empire State Building?

because he was too big to fit in the lift!

50. What does a dog call his father?

Paw !

Animal Riddles for You to Solve.

Riddling Continues

  • What animal has more lives than a cat?

a Frog! He croaks every night.

  • What animal do you look like when you get into the bath?

a little bear!

  • What do you call a bear with a hole in his middle?

a polo bear!

  • What do you get when a chicken lays an egg on top of a barn?

an egg roll !

  • What is the Worlds Greatest use for Cowhide?

to hold cows together!

And There's More

  • How Much is a Skunk Worth?

one scent !

  • What Do You Call a Deer with No Eyes?

I have No Eye Deer !

  • What is a snakes favourite food?

hiss-tachio !

  • What is do you get if you cross a Cocker Spaniel, a Poodle and a Rooster?

CockerPoodleDoo !

Animal Riddles

  • What kind of can never needs a can-opener?

a Pelican !

  • Where did the Tiger go when he lost his tail?

a Re-tail Store !

  • When Do Ducks Fly Upside Down?

when they Quack Up !

  • Why did the baseball team hire a Frog?

the Frog never missed a Fly!

  • What bird can lift the heaviest weights?

the crane !


More Jokes About Animals

  • Why does a dog scratch itself?

because no one else knows where it itches !

  • Why do Mice need oiling?

because they squeak !

  • What is the best year for a Kangaroo?

a Leap Year !

  • 69. What kind of Leopard has red spots?

one who has measles !

  • What do Dogs and Trees have in common?

bark !

Do You Know the Answers?

  • What is a Mosquitoes favourite sport?

skin diving!

  • What birds are found in Portugal?

portu-geese !

  • Why do bees have sticky hair?

because they have honeycombs!

  • What is a foreign ant?

import - ant !

  • What do Teddy Bears do in the rain?

they get wet !

These Riddles Pose a Problem

  • What bird is eaten at every meal?

a Swallow !

  • What's an insects favourite sport?

cricket !

  • What are Caterpillars afraid of?

doger - pillars !

  • What do you call a bird in the winter?

Brrrr-d !

  • Why are Frogs always so happy?

because they eat what bugs them !

Shivering bird - What Do You Call a Bird in the Winter?

Shivering bird - What Do You Call a Bird in the Winter?

I hope that you have had a few chuckles along the way?

asereht1970 from Philippines on May 02, 2014:

I just love riddles. The kids in our house love to give riddles and make everyone laugh.

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on January 05, 2014:

I love these riddles, put many smiles on my face, the kids would love these, I can just see them trying some of these on their friends. Thanks for all my smiles so early on a monday morning 8.45 am.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on November 20, 2013:

@tonyleather: Thank you. I'm pleased that you enjoyed these riddles.

tonyleather on November 20, 2013:

This was a very amusing and interesting lens. Thank you!

Fay Favored from USA on October 30, 2013:

So much, and they are all clean for kids too. I'll be sharing this for sure.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on August 21, 2013:

@mathew31: Thank you.

mathew31 on August 20, 2013:

Great lens - clever and funny riddles!

Birthday Wishes from Here on August 11, 2013:

Wonderful lens! I love the animal riddles and I am not a kid anymore... ;-) Thanks a lot for sharing!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on August 09, 2013:

@mel-kav: Thank you.

mel-kav on August 08, 2013:

I really enjoyed this lens.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on August 03, 2013:

@LadyDuck: Thank you.

LadyDuck on August 03, 2013:

Very funny lens, I enjoyed reading it.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on August 03, 2013:

@SusanAston: They do have that Christmas cracker feel to them don't they...

SusanAston on August 02, 2013:

These jokes will be good inside Christmas crackers

Raymond Eagar on July 26, 2013:

When I ended at the bottom of the lens I was smiling even more.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 25, 2013:

@SavioC: Thank you - your comments are very much appreciated.

SavioC on July 25, 2013:

I really enjoyed this lens. Got myself lost in Riddle World and it always gets me smiling . Feeling light and good after reading this one. Thank you for sharing this with us.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 24, 2013:

@Judy Filarecki: That's great.

Judy Filarecki from SW Arizona and Northern New York on July 23, 2013:

Very cute. I can hear my grand kids telling these at the kitchen table.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on July 13, 2013:

@Dressage Husband: I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit.

Stephen J Parkin from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada on July 12, 2013:

These were a whole load of fun and brought back many childhood memories.

Joanie Ruppel from Keller, Texas on July 07, 2013:

Nice collection! My daughter is going to love these!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on June 28, 2013:

@Sukeydoo: It'a always nice to know when my lense has raised a giggle.

Sukeydoo on June 28, 2013:

Great lens! It gave me a giggle which I always welcome !

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 13, 2013:

@anonymous: Thank you.

anonymous on May 12, 2013:

Fantastic Lens ! Best Wishes :)

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on April 29, 2013:

@Julia Morais: Thank you.

Julia Morais on April 28, 2013:

Loved the riddles. The little ant was confused because all his uncles were ants!! Hahaha....

Rosanna Grace on April 16, 2013:

"I really like your riddles. I think they are smart and funny at the same time. My favourite one is about the bees and their honeycombs" Misty Grace ( 8 years old ).

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on April 08, 2013:

@BlogsWriter: Thank you. Riddles can be great fun whatever your age.

BlogsWriter on April 08, 2013:

The riddles even adults would enjoy. Amazing !

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on March 23, 2013:

@InfoCoop: Thank you. Riddles are timeless.

InfoCoop on March 23, 2013:

A humpback wail - I love it! We actually have The Biggest Riddle Book of all Time. My daughter still occasionally reads it instead of listening to her iPod.

squid-pinkchic18 on March 11, 2013:

Awesome lens!!!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on March 07, 2013:

@graphite75: Thank you.

Tom on March 07, 2013:

I love riddles. You've got a good bunch here that I can ask my son. He'll dig it!

Virginiangare on February 27, 2013:

I love them!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on February 22, 2013:

@TopChristmasToysGifts: Thank you. The kid in us all never leaves no matter what age we reach - thank goodness.

TopChristmasToysGifts on February 21, 2013:

Great selection of animal riddles for kids (or big kids!)

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on February 21, 2013:

@TheLittleCardShop: Thank you for taking part on my lense - always appreciated,

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on February 21, 2013:

@TheLittleCardShop: Thank you for taking part on my lense - always appreciated,

Malu Couttolenc on February 20, 2013:

I enjoyed reading your riddles for kids very much :)

Sheilamarie from British Columbia on January 23, 2013:

A very fun read. Thanks.

azamkhan760 on January 13, 2013:

nice thanks for this fun lens

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 12, 2013:

@Masterdevin123: Thank you for the visit and comment - always appreciated.

Masterdevin123 on January 11, 2013:

Very fun and cool, I hope to one day have as well done and successful lenses as you.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 07, 2013:

@myspace9: It does us all good to have a bit of fun every now and again.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 07, 2013:

@Doc_Holliday: You're very welcome. I am pleased that you enjoyed them.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 07, 2013:

@MartieG: My granddaughter loved some of these riddles.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 07, 2013:

@mihgasper: Its always good to have a laugh

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on January 07, 2013:

@Doc_Holliday: I am happy that you enjoyed these riddles.

MartieG aka 'survivoryea' from Jersey Shore on January 07, 2013:

Great fun-now I just have to remember some of these for the grandkids! :>)

myspace9 on January 06, 2013:

Nice and fun lens.Thanks.

Doc_Holliday on January 06, 2013:

These were good fun. Thanks for sharing.

Miha Gasper from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU on January 02, 2013:

Thanks for good fun!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on November 25, 2012:

@infoprogirl: I am happy that you found the riddles fun. Thanks.

infoprogirl on November 25, 2012:

Cute and fun lens.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on November 23, 2012:

@anonymous: Thank you. Always nice to know that the riddles are enjoyed.

anonymous on November 14, 2012:

Well, since I love the sport of boxing, I love the South Paw riddle. Cute!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on November 14, 2012:

@anonymous: Its always nice if my lense can leave the reader with a smile.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on November 14, 2012:

@donnetted: Thank you. Its always good know when someone has enjoyed their visit.

anonymous on November 14, 2012:

Great lens, I had so much fun =)

Donnette Davis from South Africa on November 13, 2012:

Your page is SO cheerful, I love the way you have presented the riddles, pictures - just everything :)

Jogalog on October 15, 2012:

I love it - reminds me of Christmas cracker jokes.

srsddn lm on September 03, 2012:

Quite interesting and full of fun.

SailingPassion LM on August 24, 2012:

A great fun lens to go through :-)

pinkrenegade lm on July 11, 2012:

Fun lens. I love the humor.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on June 29, 2012:

@anonymous: Your very welcome.

anonymous on June 28, 2012:

It was great going thru your lens! Thanks.

Rose Jones on June 26, 2012:

Very sweet funny lens. Pinned to two of my boards: Fun for Kids and Adults who think like kids, and Humor and sent out by google plus. Squid Angel Blessed.

sheezie77 on June 24, 2012:

Beautiful lens, great job!

Lorna from USA on June 18, 2012:

Very funny! Nice job.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on June 17, 2012:

@dogface lm: I love that poster too.

dogface lm on June 17, 2012:

Woah there, so many! I love that peanut elephant poster. :-)

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on June 16, 2012:

@ceejaycmarshall: Its great to know that these riddles will be put to good use.

ceejaycmarshall on June 16, 2012:

Great lens! My preschoolers are going to think I am so funny when I ask them these riddles! Little do they know, I will be making their little brains go to work!

TinasCraft on June 11, 2012:

excellent lens

Mandy Stradley from Riverton, Utah on June 09, 2012:

Awesome Lens! Thanks!

GeekGirl1 on June 04, 2012:

These are so funny.

Tolovaj Publishing House from Ljubljana on May 27, 2012:

Funny!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 24, 2012:

@orangegirl6020: I'm pleased to hear that you and your friends enjoyed the lense. There's nothing quite like sharing a laugh with friends.

orangegirl6020 on May 23, 2012:

I LOVE this lens! Had me and my friends laughing all night. I guess we still have some "kid" humor in us! Thanks for sharing.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 23, 2012:

@poldepc lm: Thank you for your visit too.

poldepc lm on May 22, 2012:

thx so much for all the squidlikes on my lenses

ozylizzy on May 19, 2012:

This lens gave me a good giggle. I love the fact that you have found a picture to go with each riddle! even very obscure ones :)

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 18, 2012:

@BestRatedStuff: I hope your kids enjoy them as much.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 18, 2012:

@JillY88: Its great that they left you with a smile.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 18, 2012:

@tomazg: Thank you - its always good to hear when people enjoy them.

tomazg on May 14, 2012:

These riddles are really funny!

JillY88 on May 09, 2012:

Very nice. Had a smile all the way through your lens. May keep these for the next time I'm babysitting my little niece, she loves a riddle. Great lens, love it.

BestRatedStuff on May 07, 2012:

These are so cute, made me smile. Knew a few, but many were new. Thanks, I am printing this out for my kids to enjoy!

rachelscott on May 07, 2012:

Oh wow nice collection

SquidooMBA on May 06, 2012:

My daughter loves animal riddles. Thanks fo making this lens!

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on May 04, 2012:

@gypsykitschpres: Thank you. I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit,

gypsykitschpres on May 01, 2012:

What a fun lens! Liked and Tweeted.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on April 28, 2012:

@PennyHowe: Thank you - I am pleased that you enjoyed the visit.

Ben Reed (author) from Redcar on April 28, 2012:

@Tamara14: Thank you for your visit and blessing - always appreciated.

Tamara14 on April 28, 2012:

Oh this was fun!

PennyHowe on April 28, 2012:

Absolutely loved your lens. I may no longer be a kid by age, but certainly still in my heart. I really enjoyed theses riddles. I had lots of laughs and loved the pictures you have put with them. In my opinion, one very classy lens. Thanks so very much.

mrducksmrnot on April 26, 2012:

Will share these with my grandchildren. Thanks for a wonderful smiley lens.