Animal Jokes for Kids

The Grandkids Will Enjoy Passing These Along

animal riddles for kids.
Kids love pets, and they will love these animal jokes, too. Estersinhache fotografía / Getty Images

Grandkids and animals are natural go-togethers. Kids of most ages will enjoy these animal jokes. Most depend upon puns and double meanings, and all involve some flexible thinking, which is good for kids' brains. Grandparents love brain-boosting activities, and it's even better when they involve laughter. Grandparents should also remember to laugh when the little ones start telling their own jokes, even though the jokes may not be very funny. This happens because they have mastered the form of a joke but aren't sophisticated enough to devise a good punch line. That will come in time!

Dog and Cat Riddles 

If the grandchildren have pets, or even if they don't, they'll love these jokes that feature favorite pets, dogs and cats.

  1. What do dogs and trees have in common? 
  2. Which animals make the best pets?
  3. Why don't dogs make good dancers?
  4. When the dog sat down on a piece of sandpaper, what did he say?
  5. What is a dog's favorite dessert?
  6. What goes tick, tock, woof, woof, tick, tock, woof, woof?
  7. Why are cats good at video games?
  8. Where did the little kitties go for their field trip?
  9. What kind of dog does Dracula have?
  10. What did the dalmatian say after he ate?

The Answers

  1. Bark.
  2. Cats, because they are purr-fect.
  3. Because they have two left feet.
  4. Ruff! 
  5. Pupcakes.
  6. A watch dog.
  7. Because they have nine lives.
  8. To the mew-seum.
  9. A bloodhound.
  10. That hit the spots.

Wild Animal Riddles

Exotic animals star in this set of animal riddles. Try them out before taking the grandkids to the zoo, or any time that the grands are in a beastly mood! 

  1. What is the same size and shape as an elephant but weighs nothing? 
  2. Why do mother kangaroos hate rainy days?
  3. How did the little skunk call his mother?
  4. Why is a snail stronger than an elephant?
  5. Why do you call a baby whale?
  6. Why are leopards bad at hide-and-seek?
  7. Why are elephants so poor?
  8. What do snakes study in school?
  9. What career is an octopus perfect for?
  10. How many babies did the mother skunk have?


  1. The elephant's shadow.
  2. Because the kids have to play inside.
  3. On a smell phone.
  4. Because a snail carries his house on his back, and an elephant just carries his trunk.
  5. A little squirt.
  6. Because they are always spotted.
  7. Because they work for peanuts.
  8. Hiss-tory.
  9. The army.
  10. A "phew."

Riddles About Birds

Don't duck this category or you'll be a real chicken. Also, you'll feel auk-ward, gull-ible and like a real booby. (I'm such a goose. Stop me now before I commit another fowl pun!)

  1. What did the duck say to the comedian?
  2. Why did the chicken end up in the soup pot?
  3. Why was the turkey always in trouble?
  4. Who stole the soap?
  5. Someone said you sound like an owl.
  6. How does a penguin build its house?
  7. What do you give a sick bird?
  8. Why do seagulls live by the sea?
  9. What kind of bird works construction?
  10. Why do birds fly south for the winter?


  1. You quack me up.
  2. Because it ran out of cluck.
  3. For using fowl language.
  4. The robber ducky.
  5. Who?
  6. Igloos it together.
  7. Tweet-ment!
  8. If they lived by the bay, they would be bagels.
  9. A crane.
  10. It's too far to walk.

Insect Riddles

If you're like most adults, insects aren't your favorite creatures. Still, lots of grandkids find them fascinating, and they'll love these insect jokes, too.

  1. What did one bee say to the other?
  2. How do fleas get around town?
  3. What confused the baby ant?
  4. Why is it so hard to comb a bee's hair?
  5. How did the little bee get to school?
  6. What did one firefly say to the other?
  7. What's the biggest moth?
  8. What goes "Zzub, zzub"?
  9. What do you call a bee's back end?
  10. What was the snail doing on the highway?


  1. "Time's fun when you're having flies!"
  2. By itch-hiking.
  3. That all of its uncles were ants.
  4. Because they have honeycombs.
  5. On the school buzz.
  6. "You glow, girl!"
  7. A mammoth.
  8. A bee flying backward.
  9. It's bee-hind.
  10. One mile an hour.

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