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77 Animal Riddles That Will Raise a Chuckle

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77 Rib-tickling Riddles With an Animal Theme

Riddles are great fun and can be an excellent way for family and friends to engage in joyful banter. They can also be a fantastic way for children to learn about words and vocabulary.

With over 75 animal-related riddles, this article, packed with conundrums, will have you laughing, chuckling and yes, even groaning.

Let's Start by Reminding Ourselves What a Riddle Is

A riddle is:

  • 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.

1. What Color Socks Do Bears Wear?

Answer: They don't—they have bear feet.

2. What Bird Never Goes to the Barber?

Answer: A bald eagle.

3. Why are Dogs Such Poor Dancers?

Answer: They have two left feet.

4. What is it That a Cat has That no Other Animal can Have?

Answer: Kittens.

5. Why did the Grizzly Catch Cold?

Answer: Because he went outside in his bear feet.

6. What is Three Storeys High and Moves Through the Jungle at 15 mph?

Answer: A giraffe on roller skates.

7. What did the Pony say When he had a Sore Throat?

Answer: Excuse me—I'm a little hoarse.

8. What do you Call a Left-handed Dog?

Answer: A south paw.

9. What did the Bee say When he got Home?

Answer: Hi honey.

10. What is Striped and Bouncy?

Answer: A tiger on a pogo stick.

11. What do you Call a Crying Camel?

Answer: A humpback wail.

12. What did the Parrot say When he Fell in Love With a Duck?

Answer: Polly want a quacker.

Polly Wants a Cracker. A plethora of parrots.

Polly Wants a Cracker. A plethora of parrots.

13. Why are Elephants Poor?

Answer: Because they work for peanuts.

14. Why Does an Ostrich Have Such Long Legs?

Answer: So they can touch the ground.o their feet

15. What do you get if you Cross a Beetle and an Australian Dog?

Answer: Dingo Star.

16. What do you Call a Great Dog Detective?

Answer: Sherlock Bones.

17. Which Animal Uses a Nutcracker?

Answer: A toothless squirrel.

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?

18. What do you Give a Sick Bird?

Answer: Tweetment.

19. In Which River Would you Find Lots of Snakes?

Answer: The Hiss-issippi.

20. What has a Horn, But Does not Honk?

Answer: A rhinoceros.

21. What Kind of Money do Polar Bears Use?

Answer: Ice-lolly.

22. What do you get if you Cross a Bear and a Harp?

Answer: A bare-faced lyre.

23. What fur do we get From a Tiger?

Answer: As fur away as possible.

24. What is as big as an Elephant, but Doesn't Weigh Anything?

Answer: An elephants shadow.

25. What Type of Food do you Feed a Racehorse?

Answer: Fast food.

26. What two keys Cannot Open any Doors?

Answer: Monkey's and Donkey's.

27. What Illness Does a Bee Suffer From if it Visits Too Many Flowers?

Answer: High bud pressure.

28. What do you Call a Gorilla With a Banana in Both Ears?

Answer: Whatever you want. He can't hear you.

It's Just Bananas

It's just bananas

It's just bananas

29. What do you Call a Kitten Drinking Lemonade?

Answer: A sourpuss.

30. Can you Spell Mouse-trap With Just Three Letters?

Answer: C- A -T.

31. What do you Call a Fish Without an Eye?

Answer: A fsh.

32. What Always Sleeps With its Shoes On?

Answer: A Horse.

33. How do you Keep a Noisy Dog Quiet?

Answer: With hush puppies.

34. Which Reptile can Tell the Time?

Answer: A grandfather croc.

35. What do Lazy Dogs do for Fun?

Answer: Chase parked cars.

36. Why was the Baby Ant Confused?

Answer: All his uncles were ants.

37. How do you Know Peanuts are Fattening?

Answer: Have you ever seen a skinny elephant?

38. What can Make an Octopus Laugh?

Answer: Ten tickles (tentacles).

39. What do you get When you Cross a Snowman With a Wolf?

Answer: Frostbite.

Why not take part in my poll?

40. What do you get if you Cross a Squirrel With a Kangaroo?

Answer: An animal that carries nuts in its pocket.

41. Why do Hummingbirds Hum?

Answer: Because they don't know the words.

42. Where Should you Never Take a Dog?

Answer: To a flea Market.

43. Why do Dragons Sleep All Day?

Answer: Because they hunt knights.

44. What Grows Down When it Grows Up?

Answer: A goose.

45. What do you get When you Cross a Parrot and a Tiger?

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

46. What do you get if you Cross a Spider and Rat?

Answer: An aRATnid.

47. What do Moths Study at School?

Answer: Mothematics.

48. Why did King Kong Climb to the top of the Empire State Building?

Answer: Because he was too big to fit in the lift.

49. What Does a Dog call his Father?

Answer: Paw.

Animal Riddles for You to Solve.

50. What Animal do you Look Like When you get Into the Bath?

Answer: A little bear.

51. What do you Call a Bear With a Hole in His Middle?

Answer: A polo bear.

52. What do you get When a Chicken Lays an Egg on top of a Barn?

Answer: An egg roll.

53. What is the Worlds Greatest use for Cowhide?

Answer: To hold cows together.

54. How Much is a Skunk Worth?

Answer: One cent.

55. What do you Call a Deer With No Eyes?

Answer: I have no eye deer.

56. What is a Snakes Favorite Food?

Answer: Hiss-tachio.

57. What do you get if you Cross a Cocker Spaniel and a Rooster?

Answer: CockerPoodleDoo.

58. What Kind of can Never Needs a Can-opener?

Answer: A pelican.

59.Where did the Tiger go When he Lost his Tail?

Answer: A re-tail store.

60. When do Ducks fly Upside Down?

Answer: When they quack up.

61. Why did the Baseball Team Hire a Frog?

Answer: The frog never missed a fly.

62. What Bird can Lift the Heaviest Weights?

Answer: The crane.

63. Why Does a Dog Scratch Itself?

Answer: Because no one else knows where it itches.

64. Why do Mice Need Oiling?

Answer: Because they squeak.

65. What is the Best Year for a Kangaroo?

Answer: A leap year.

66. What Kind of Leopard has Red Spots?

Answer: One who has measles.

67. What Do Dogs and Trees Have in Common?

Answer: Bark.

68. What is a Mosquitoes Favorite Sport?

Answer: Skin diving.

69. What Birds are Found in Portugal?

Answer: Portu-geese.

70. Why Do Bees Have Sticky Hair?

Answer: Because they have honeycombs.

71. What is a Foreign Ant?

Answer: Import-ant.

72. What do Teddy Bears do in the Rain?

Answer: They get wet.

73. What Bird is Eaten at Every Meal?

Answer: A swallow.

74. What's an Insects Favorite Sport?

Answer: Cricket.

75. What are Caterpillars Afraid Of?

Answer: Doger-pillars.

76. What do you Call a Bird in the Winter?

Answer: Brrrr-d.

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

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

77. Why are Frogs Always so Happy?

Answer: Because they eat what bugs them.

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.

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