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Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Nov 20, 2006 12:41 am

Q 11

Tree squirrels are found in small groups, which actively defend their territory against other squirrels. They are predominantly vegetarian, but also eat insects.

Is the following statement True or False? And motivate!

A family of tree squirrels will have a large store of seeds and nuts buried somewhere close to the nest.
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Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Nov 21, 2006 8:31 pm

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Ok! Wild guesses are allowed! :lol:
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Unread postby Pilane » Tue Nov 21, 2006 8:43 pm

The small groups are normally family groups and male/ female and their offspring. They forage alone however. They use the 'family's' scent for recognising family members. (Established through allogrooming and anal gland scent marking each other :shock: ) They forage on ground level and all excess seeds and other food are buried in small cache's in the area.

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Unread postby Jay » Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:31 pm

you said wild guesses were allowed (pun intended :wink: ?)
yup, they have little pantries and the motivation for my answer: all squirrels do :?

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Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:46 pm

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Yes, indeed! :D

They do keep small "pantries". But it is kept by an individual and not the group. In fact, they hide the pantry from the rest of the group, and will raid each others pantries!

OK, let me scratch around for another Q.

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Unread postby Jay » Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:06 pm

dont make the Q too difficult please, I like being able to do these quizzes too :redface: :lol:

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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Nov 22, 2006 12:57 am

:lol:

OK ... one for Jay.

Q 12

Is a Zebra a. white with black stripes or b. black with white stripes? :wink:


AND JAY

Q 13

What is the only colour you will find on a zebra? :twisted:
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Unread postby Deville » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:23 am

Q12 - Black with white stripes. :wink:

Q13 - Black. :wink:
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Unread postby Toddelelfe » Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:05 am

For me it looks like black stripes on white. But i often hear it the other direction.

A little bit off topic: In school days i learned, that black and white are NO colours :lol: We tried to learn in the art lessons to paint without black and white.
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Unread postby Jay » Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:35 pm

woohoo 2 Q's for me :D :lol:

ok hmmm..methinks white with black stripes
and second question: well when I have painted them I have noticed a slight brownish "inter" stripe?

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Unread postby Imberbe » Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:09 pm

:clap: :dance: :clap:

WHOOO, HOOO! Full marks to Jay! :lol:

And not too bad the rest of you! :wink:

11. Yes, after millenia of human speculation on the true "colour" of Zebra it seems that it has finally been settled that it is in fact a. white with black stripes! :roll:

The reason being that 1. the black stripes often cover a lesser percentage of the body, and 2. often do not cover the tummy area, especially with Cape mountain zebra.


12. Well spotted Toddelelfe, black and white are not regarded as colours. And yes, the plains zebra (previously Burchells) do have distinct brown "shadows" between the white and black.

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Unread postby Jay » Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:24 pm

oh yeah I'm on a roll :dance: :lol:

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Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Nov 25, 2006 12:22 am

Q 13

Bushbaby: Just; True or False?

a. There are three species of Bushbaby (Galago) in Southern Africa.
b. Bushbabies are virtually incapable of moving their eyes in their sockets.
c. The fruit of the Acacia karoo (Soetdoring / Sweetthorn) is their single most important food source.
d. The lesser Bushbaby sleeps and forages in groups of 2-7 individuals.
e. When foraging the mother will carry her young and then "park" them on a branch while searching for food.
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Unread postby DuQues » Sat Nov 25, 2006 12:31 am

Imberbe wrote:The reason being that [b]1. the black stripes often cover a lesser percentage of the body, and 2. often do not cover the tummy area, especially with Cape mountain zebra.

Eh... Sorry to throw a spanner in the works after you came with a new question, but I heard that the actual skin of zebra is black underneath their coat. Or is that incorrect?
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Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Nov 25, 2006 12:49 am

DuQues wrote:
Imberbe wrote:The reason being that [b]1. the black stripes often cover a lesser percentage of the body, and 2. often do not cover the tummy area, especially with Cape mountain zebra.

Eh... Sorry to throw a spanner in the works after you came with a new question, but I heard that the actual skin of zebra is black underneath their coat. Or is that incorrect?


I stand to be corrected, but I do not think that is the case. And then ... the skin around their genital areas are indeed black! :hmz: Maybe this debate will continue for another few millenia?

Interestingly, I have heard that Tigers are the only animals whose colour pattern on their coat, is also found on their skin. Is that true?
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