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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Heksie » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:24 pm

Even when you move it to a place of safety you should keep them very near to the ground when you carry them as they 'pee' release their water supply as a way of distraction... And then they need to get water to live off again... I hope I said it correctly :hmz:
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Phokojwe » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:50 am

Heksie :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:

Tortoises store water in bursa or sack in the rear of the body which enables them to survive in dry conditions.
They excrete this stored water supply as a defence if they are threatened, resulting in dehydration and could lead to eventual death.
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Heksie » Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:31 am

What's the difference between frogs and toads? :hmz:
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:00 am

Technically speaking, there is no difference between toads and frogs as all toads fall within the frog classification. However, people seem to insist on distinguishing the two, concentrating on the assumptions that toads have dry, leathery skin, short legs, and glands that look like warts on the body. It is also said that toads show more terrestrial behaviours than those of frogs in general.
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Phokojwe » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:14 am

onewithnature :thumbs_up:

It is also not uncommon to find toads with slimy skin or wart covered frogs :roll:
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Heksie » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:22 pm

OWN you are it again :thumbs_up:

What I have is that legs of frogs are long and strong, and adapted for hopping and wimming. Toads have short, stubby hind legs, primarily adapted for walking in stead of leaping... :hmz:
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby onewithnature » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:30 am

Yes, Heksie, those are some of the popular differences, but scientifically they are not truly distinguished. Give me a mo to post a Q ...
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Philip1 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 10:26 am

What Reptile has got a smooth, depressed carapace with a well developed hinge?
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Phokojwe » Mon Oct 14, 2013 3:53 pm

Spekes Hinged Tortoise :hmz:
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Philip1 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:52 pm

Phokojwe wrote:Spekes Hinged Tortoise :hmz:


:clap: :clap: Phokojwe. :thumbs_up: "A medium-sized tortoise with a smooth, depressed carapace with a well developed hinge. The shell of juveniles has a zonary pattern with concentric light and dark zones".
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Phokojwe » Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:19 pm

Why do reptiles brumate?
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Oct 18, 2013 1:45 am

Brumation is a state of dormancy in reptiles that is similar to hibernation in mammals. Though the lack of activity, and the reasons - conservation of energy during cold seasons - is essentially the same, the metabolic processes between reptiles and mammals differs, hence the use of different terms. Reptiles brumate mainly to escape food shortages and the negative consequences of cold weather (they are cold-blooded) for anywhere between 1-9 months. When spring/summer returns, with the consequential increase of external heat energy and rich supply of food, the reptile comes out of its brumation state to take advantage of the good times. Brumation is therefore an efficient way of allowing a reptile to deal with its environment. Brumation is triggered by decreasing ambient temperatures and also the decrease in hours of daylight as winter approaches. Although reptiles generally are inactive during brumation, they do need to occasionally awake and drink water; whereupon they return to their state of dormancy until conditions demand full awakening.
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Phokojwe » Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:04 pm

onewithnature :thumbs_up:

Brilliant explanation!!
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Philip1 » Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:11 pm

Phokojwe wrote:onewithnature :thumbs_up:

Brilliant explanation!!


:sup: :great:
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Re: Reptile Quiz (RV)

Unread postby RosemaryH » Fri Oct 18, 2013 4:46 pm

Philip1 wrote: :sup: :great:


I will join you on your post Philip1
I too now know that reptiles brumate :thumbs_up:
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