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Animal "Adivinanzas"

Animal "Adivinanzas"

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Adivinanzas are fun rhyming riddles that describe someone or something. They are often associated with el juego de la lotería, a type of bingo that is especially popular in Mexico.

Get ready to put your skills to the test with these animal-themed adivinanzas!

Adivinanza Number 1

SpanishEnglish
Soy chiquito y blandito,
I'm little and squishy,
Y llevo mi casa sobre el lomito.
And I wear my house on my back.
¿Quién soy?
Who am I?

Answer: ¡La tortuga! (The turtle!) turtle

Adivinanza Number 2

SpanishEnglish
De un huevo nazco,
From an egg I hatch,
Verde y pequeñito.
Little and green.
Tengo escamas,
I have scales,
Pero no soy cocodrilo.
But I'm not a crocodile.
¿Quién soy?
Who am I?

Answer: ¡La iguana! (The iguana!) iguana

Adivinanza Number 3

SpanishEnglish
Tengo las patas largas,
I have long legs,
Y largo el piquito.
And my beak is long.
Dice la gente que soy yo
People say that I'm the one
Quien trae a los chiquitos.
Who delivers little babies.
¿Quién soy?
Who am I?

Answer: ¡La cigüeña! (The stork!) stork

Adivinanza Number 4

SpanishEnglish
Soy único entre
I'm unique among
Todos los animales
All the animals
Porque mi nombre contiene
Because my name contains
Todas las vocales.
All the vowels
¿Quién soy?
Who am I?

Answer: ¡El murciélago! (The bat!) flowerbat

Adivinanza Number 5

SpanishEnglish
Soy insecto y
I'm an insect and
Símbolo del verano.
A symbol of summer.
Tengo una lamparita que
I have a little lamp
Por la noche enciendo.
That I light up at night.
¿Quién soy?
Who am I?

Answer: ¡La luciérnaga! (The lightning bug!)

• Instead of luciérnaga, the term candelilla is used in some parts of Mexico and Central America, and the term bicho de luz is used in parts of South America.

Firefly is used instead of lightning bug in many parts of the U.S., while in the U.K. it's common to hear the term glow-worm.

lightning bug

Itching for more adivinanzas? Check out our article on culinary adivinanzas!

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