Review Questions for Episodes
Concept Questions – All Episodes
- How does this organism feed? Does it have unique structures that help it catch its food?
- What kinds of senses does this organism have? How do they differ from our senses?
- How does this animal attract mates and reproduce?
- What characteristics did biologists use to place this animal in a classification (taxonomic) group?
- What kind(s) of habitat(s) does this animal need to survive?
- Do people like or dislike this organism? Why or why not?
- What would happen if this animal disappeared? Would it affect any other plants and animals?
Concept Questions – By Episode
Creatures of the Night
- What are some characteristics of nocturnal animals that help them survive?
- Where does a horseshoe crab lay its eggs? What are some predators of the eggs?
- Why are horseshoe crabs collected?
- Why can some snakes be found crossing roads at night?
- What are some ways that a click beetle can defend itself?
- How can you tell a moth apart from a butterfly?
- Why can you hear frogs and toads vocalizing (making noises) at night?
- Why are ponds and wetlands important to amphibians like frogs and toads?
- What is eyeshine? What is one animal that exhibits eyeshine?
- Why can you find alligators in the marsh? Do they live there all the time?
Fields and Forests
- Why are fields important?
- What are some different plants and animals you can find in a field?
- What are some of the adaptions of green snakes?
- Why do fields attract insects?
- Where do swallow-tailed kites migrate to? Why are fields important for them?
- What percentage of longleaf pine forests remain in the United States? Why do you think that is?
- How do rattlesnakes get new buttons on their rattle?
- What are some common plants you can find in a maritime forest?
- What are some ways you can tell a legless lizard apart from a snake?
- Why do pit vipers have elliptical or vertical pupils?
Name one characteristic of each of the following animals that makes them predators:
- Florida softshell turtle
- Eastern kingsnake
- Tiger beetle larvae
- Ant lion
- Golden silk spider
- Green darner adult AND immature /nymph
- Blue crab
- Stone crab
- Mantis shrimp
- What is the best way to catch a mouse or rat? What kind of bait do you use?
- Why are rats, mice and other small mammals important to the ecosystem?
- How is a mole designed to live underground?
- What can a possum do to protect itself from predators?
- Where do bats spend the daytime hours?
- What do bats eat? How do they locate their food?
- How do most mammals feed their babies?
- Why do raccoons dip food in the water?
- Do flying squirrels fly or glide?
- Why do armadillos have such big claws?
Port Royal Sound
- How was the Port Royal Sound created?
- What are some unique traits of the Port Royal Sound?
- Why is spartina grass so important to the marsh ecosystem?
- Why is feeding dolphins dangerous?
- Why are oystercatcher populations in decline?
- What makes diamondback terrapins unique compared to other turtles?
- What are some adaptations of cobia?
- Why can you find cobia in Port Royal Sound?
- How many eggs can one female cobia spawn in one year?
- Why are oyster rakes beneficial to the marsh ecosystem?
Reptiles and Amphibians
- What is the best way to catch a snapping turtle? What is a great bait?
- Name two venomous snakes found in our woods.
- What do glossy crayfish feed on?
- Why do green anoles change from brown to green?
- Where could you find a diamondback terrapin?
- Where does the chicken turtle get its name? What do these turtles feed on?
- How can you tell that a glass lizard is a lizard and not a snake?
- Why do male skinks have such big powerful jaws?
- Where do most frogs, toads and salamanders lay their eggs?
- Name four different groups of reptiles found in our woods.
- What is the only plant that can survive in the deep salt marsh?
- Why are the underwater pilings of local docks always covered with lots of animals?
- Why do periwinkle snails stay up high on Spartina stalks?
- Name two kinds of crabs found in our marsh.
- Why do male fiddler crabs have one large claw?
- How does a squid move through the water? How does it protect itself?
- What mammal loves to eat fiddler crabs?
- What happens to Spartina grass after it turns brown and dies back?
- Name one edible plant from our salt marsh.
- Why is it important to leave a buffer of grasses, shrubs and trees between your yard and the marsh?
Sharks and Rays
- Why is Port Royal Sound different from other aquatic systems?
- How can you tell a bonnethead shark apart from a hammerhead shark?
- Why do sharks give birth in the Port Royal Sound area?
- What are some of the differences between sharks and bony fish?
- What is the relationship between the remora fish and sharks?
- What are the “spiracles” on a stingray for?
- Where the caudal fin on a shark located?
- What are the ampullae of Lorenzini used for? Where are they found on a shark?
- How do sharks smell?
- How can you identify different sharks—what characteristics would you look for?
- What are some different ways animals can protect themselves from predators?
- What makes snapping shrimp so special?
- How do hatchling (baby) turtles protect themselves from predators?
- Why do butterflies need a host plant?
- How do plants protect themselves from predators?
- What are some ways caterpillars protect themselves?
- Why are some animals, like the cow killer ant, brightly colored?
- What is an adaptation? What is one adaptation of a timber rattlesnake?
- What does a hognose snake do when they feel threatened? Why?
- Why do corn snakes lay many eggs?