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Answers to the Quiz [Jan. 29th, 2006|10:46 pm]
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Here's the answers to the quiz in the previous entry. Only look under the cut if you've completed the quiz and put your pencil down!



1. Flying Squirrel - YES Like all squirrels (family sciuridae), it's a true rodent.

2. Beaver - YES Indeed they are. To be honest, I wasn't sure about this one before looking it up.

3. Marmot - YES In fact, marmots are in the same family as squirrels.

4. Anteater - NO Anteaters have a separate order (with only a few living species in it).

5. Nutria / Coypu - YES Alternate names for the same aquatic rodent. In some areas, these are more of a pest than rats!

6. Porcupine - YES Porcupines, both old and new world, are actually rodents. I was surprised!

7. Capybara - YES The world's largest rodent, individuals can weight up to 140 pounds!

8. Skunk - NO Mephits are not rodents. I know, this one was a stinker.

9. Vole - YES Small, cute, water-lovin' rodents.

10. Mongoose - NO They are actually classified under carnivora.

11. Lemming - YES Yes, they are rodents but, no, they don't habitually cliffdive.

12. Pika - NO Though the right size and build, they are more closely related to rabbits.

13. Cavy - YES A tricky question! Cavy is the proper name for the "guinea pig".

14. Meerkat - NO Cute as the little guys are, they are in carnivora not rodentia.

15. Shrew - NO Like the Mongoose, the Shrew is in order insectivora.

16. Muskrat - YES The "rat" in the name is not misleading: muskrats are rodents.

17. Pine Marten - NO Hopefully an easy one, if you know what pine martens look like. They are closely related to weasels and, therefore, mustelids.

18. Chinchilla - YES We finish up the list with the softest and cuddliest of the rodents!


How'd you guys do? Was it challenging enough?
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[User Picture]From: p0lecat
2006-01-30 06:58 am (UTC)
17 right! not bad but I took a guess on the Cavy and got it wrong.
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[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2006-01-30 07:04 am (UTC)
I only missed one as well. Got the vole wrong.
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[User Picture]From: rosequoll
2006-01-30 07:04 am (UTC)
Actually, the mongoose is not an insectivore. It's a vivverid, or more specifically, a herpestid. =)
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[User Picture]From: rosequoll
2006-01-30 07:06 am (UTC)
Woot, 100% for me. =)
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2006-01-30 05:17 pm (UTC)
Woh, that's impressive.
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[User Picture]From: rosequoll
2006-01-30 05:20 pm (UTC)
I'm slightly taxonomy obsessed, so it's more normal for me. Hell, my preffered reading is wildlife biology textbooks. *shifty eyes*
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2006-01-30 05:34 pm (UTC)
Someone who reads developmental anatomy books for fun, married to someone who reads math textbooks for fun, would be the last to poke fun at you for that. Which reminds me of the time we were vacationing in a hot springs retreat, and my husband was sitting in the spring reading a book on game theory, and an eight-year-old girl tugged the book away from him and said severely, "That's the wrong kind of book to be reading here." So he put it down and played "Rock Scissors Paper" with her for like two hours to demonstrate practical game theory.

I just looked at your icon more closely and I'm dying of cute. Does New Zealand have wildlife as cool as Australia? I'm looking with increasing interest at a yearlong work visa program in NZ.
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[User Picture]From: rosequoll
2006-01-30 05:38 pm (UTC)
New Zealand sadly is a bit devoid of wildlife. There are possums (australian brushtails, non-indegenous, and TOTAL pests), stoats (non-native as well, they're trying to eradicate them) and fruitbats (non-native, but not so much a problem). New Zealand has NO native mammals, but the birds are fantastic. =)

If you can get the yearlong working visa, get it. I missed my chance to get one this year (missed the cutoff date by two weeks, stupid me) but I'm going to apply for one in March if I'm still there and they'll accept me applying from within the country.

-Rose
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2006-01-30 06:04 pm (UTC)
Er...well, fruitbats are cute. Sort of like giant hyperactive winged rats who forgot to take their Ritalin. Stoats and possums? Well...not much photography potential there.

We're not very happy with how things are going in the US, which seems to be becoming more and more rabidly fundamentalist, and starting to think about other ways and places to live. But I haven't done much research yet.

Before we consider NZ, I have to look into health care and pets. We will probably have insurance that covers out-of-country travel, but I'm not sure how that works with socialized medicine (I think I'm remembering that NZ is socialized, but I'm not sure.) Also, we have a Siamese cat that won't take well to being rehomed for the fourth time in her life, so we don't want to go anyplace we can't take her until she goes to kitty heaven.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-01-31 01:53 am (UTC)
Well done indeed!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-01-31 01:50 am (UTC)
Whoops! You're quite right. Looks like I converted a "carnivora" into an "insectivora" when I was transcribing.
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[User Picture]From: rosequoll
2006-01-31 01:56 am (UTC)
=)
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[User Picture]From: normanrafferty
2006-01-30 07:06 am (UTC)
Feh. Everyone knows that Norwegian rats, not chinchillas, are the cuddliest of rodents. n.n
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2006-01-30 05:18 pm (UTC)
YES!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-01-31 01:51 am (UTC)
Okay, I'm convinced. ;)
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[User Picture]From: dour
2006-01-30 07:16 am (UTC)
Huh! I could have sworn that I remembered voles being insectivores. And I had no clue whatsoever on the muskrat, most "musk"-anything are mustelids or mephitids so I took a (wrong) guess. :>

Also didn't know that cavy = guinea pig.
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[User Picture]From: witchofnovember
2006-01-30 07:33 am (UTC)
I missed 4, and I'm feeling a little ashamed about the chinchilla. Still, this cat knows most of her rodents....
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[User Picture]From: yippee
2006-01-30 07:58 am (UTC)
woohoo, I got 15/18!
I missed Porcupine, Cavy and Shrew.
I guess I get to keep my mouse suit :)
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[User Picture]From: singingnettle
2006-01-30 05:19 pm (UTC)
I'm not as good as Rose Quoll, but I'm still an honorary rodent. But my rats could have told you that.
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[User Picture]From: seaweedotter
2006-01-30 10:36 pm (UTC)
I know I have no way to prove it, so you will have to trust me, but I got *ALL* 18 right! I am so proud!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-01-31 01:55 am (UTC)
Well done! Honorary rodentship for you.
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[User Picture]From: seaweedotter
2006-02-02 01:52 am (UTC)
Terrymouse was happy to hear that. :) *squeek*
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[User Picture]From: seaweedotter
2006-01-30 10:39 pm (UTC)
BTW, it doesnt say here, but but skunks are no longer mustelids, they are now thier own genus. :)

(I am married to someone who got a biology degree, but he didnt help me with the quiz. )
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-01-31 01:47 am (UTC)
Really? Cool. I didn't know that.
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[User Picture]From: seaweedotter
2006-02-02 01:51 am (UTC)
Yeah.. though for the life of me I cant remember the genus.. I think it is something really silly and easy.. :)
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[User Picture]From: mcfractal
2006-02-02 04:26 am (UTC)
Yay, got them all.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-02-02 05:34 pm (UTC)
Well done, indeed! One of our few perfect scores.
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