Quiz 24

  1. What was the first animal to orbit Earth?
  2. How many people died last year in Australia from spider bites?
  3. How many legs do scorpions walk upon?
  4. Where in the human body would you find the pituitary gland?
  5. What is the largest national park in Australia?

Quiz Answers

  1. A dog named Laika was sent into orbit in 1957.
  2. None. There have been no deaths in Australia from a confirmed spider bite since 1979. An effective antivenom for redback spiders was introduced in 1956, and one for funnel-web spiders in 1980. These are the only two spiders that have caused deaths in Australia in the past.
  3. Eight, in addition to a pair of pincers.
  4. It is found at bottom of the hypothalamus at the base of the brain. It is an endocrine gland about the size of a pea.
  5. Kakadu, Northern Territory (19,000 sq km)