17 right! not bad but I took a guess on the Cavy and got it wrong.
I only missed one as well. Got the vole wrong.
Actually, the mongoose is not an insectivore. It's a vivverid, or more specifically, a herpestid. =)
I'm slightly taxonomy obsessed, so it's more normal for me. Hell, my preffered reading is wildlife biology textbooks. *shifty eyes*
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.
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.
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.
Whoops! You're quite right. Looks like I converted a "carnivora" into an "insectivora" when I was transcribing.
Feh. Everyone knows that Norwegian rats, not chinchillas, are the cuddliest of rodents. n.n
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.
I missed 4, and I'm feeling a little ashamed about the chinchilla. Still, this cat knows most of her rodents....
woohoo, I got 15/18!
I missed Porcupine, Cavy and Shrew.
I guess I get to keep my mouse suit :)
I'm not as good as Rose Quoll, but I'm still an honorary rodent. But my rats could have told you that.
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!
Well done! Honorary rodentship for you.
Terrymouse was happy to hear that. :) *squeek*
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. )
Really? Cool. I didn't know that.
Yeah.. though for the life of me I cant remember the genus.. I think it is something really silly and easy.. :)
Well done, indeed! One of our few perfect scores.