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Invasive Species in Ohio

How Much Do You Know?

Invasive Species: Test Your Knowledge!

Test your knowledge of invasive species with our interactive Invasive Species quiz! Can you answer all of the following questions and get a perfect score?

Click on the links that you think best answer each quiz question below. Good luck!

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  1. A species that occurs in the region in which it evolved is called?

    an invasive species

    an invasive species | Incorrect

    a natural species

    a natural species | Incorrect

    a native species

    a native species | Correct

    an exotic species

    an exotic species | Incorrect

  2. Why do we need to maintain native plant populations?

    Clean air and water

    Clean air and water | Incorrect

    Soil stability

    Soil stability | Incorrect

    Food and shelter for wildlife

    Food and shelter for wildlife | Incorrect

    All of the above

    All of the above | Correct

  3. Ohio has 2,300 different types of plants that grow wild in Ohio. How many of these are non-native, that is, they are from another state or country?


    50 | Incorrect


    150 | Incorrect


    500 | Correct


    1,000 | Incorrect

  4. Why are non-native plants brought into Ohio?

    medicinal use

    medicinal use | Incorrect

    erosion control

    erosion control | Incorrect


    accident | Incorrect

    All of the above

    All of the above | Correct

  5. All non-native, or exotic, plants are invasive.


    True | Incorrect


    False | Correct

    | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

  6. Invasive plants are usually characterized by:

    Fast growth rates

    Fast growth rates | Incorrect

    High fruit production

    High fruit production | Incorrect

    lack of natural pests

    lack of natural pests | Incorrect

    All of the above

    All of the above | Correct

  7. All invasive species are plants.


    True | Incorrect


    False | Correct

    | Incorrect

    | Incorrect

  8. Zebra mussels, an invasive species that is pushing local species of freshwater shellfish to extinction, were introduced to the Great Lakes by:

    Migrating Native Americans

    Migrating Native Americans | Incorrect

    Teenagers playing a prank

    Teenagers playing a prank | Incorrect

    Ballast water (sea water that ships carry for stability and then discharge)

    Ballast water (sea water that ships carry for stability and then discharge) | Correct

    None of the above

    None of the above | Incorrect

  9. Purple loosestrife invades approximately how many acres of wetlands each year? Hint: it’s an area the size of Rhode Island!

    500,000 acres

    500,000 acres | Incorrect

    1,000,000 acres

    1,000,000 acres | Correct

    3,000,000 acres

    3,000,000 acres | Incorrect

    5,000,000 acres

    5,000,000 acres | Incorrect

  10. Each year, invasive species are estimated to cost the U.S. economy:

    $12 million

    $12 million | Incorrect

    $120 million

    $120 million | Incorrect

    $12 billion

    $12 billion | Incorrect

    $129 billion

    $129 billion | Correct


0-2 correct: Hmmm... You still have a lot to learn. Check out the basics.

3-5 correct: You are getting there. Here are some facts about Ohio's invasives to help you do better!

6-8 correct: Nearly a pro! Check out the native alternatives to Ohio's invasive species to sharpen your skills.

9-10 correct: Excellent work! Now it's time to take action!

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