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Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Dec 06, 2007 5:42 pm

1. The Olive-headed Weaver
2. It is found in Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Zambia.
3. subtropical or tropical dry forests
4. Near Threatened because of habitat loss.
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Unread postby Sonbesie » Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:21 am

Well done WAC - I gave some time for anybode else 8) , but you are 100% correct! :clap:

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Dec 07, 2007 8:23 am

Thanks :D

Nthleti

1. English name
2. Scientific name
3. Life span
4. Characteristic feature
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Unread postby jonty1 » Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:24 am

Wow WAC...trying to find this one still :)
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Unread postby Sonbesie » Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:31 am

Me 2! :redface:
This is difficult WAC!
Could it be some sort of snake? :roll:

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Dec 07, 2007 12:35 pm

Another name: Aulacode
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Unread postby jfthibeau » Fri Dec 07, 2007 1:18 pm

... more easy now ... Thanks ... :lol:

1) CANE RAT (greater)
2) Thryonomys swinderianus
3) these animals appear to be short-lived but record longevity in captivity is 5.4 years.
4) ... Youngs born fully-haired with open eyes, and are capable of following their mother an hour after birth.

or

... The greater cane rat appears high on the menus of restaurants in parts of West Africa. :lol:
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Dec 07, 2007 3:08 pm

JF, :clap: :clap:

But ehat I mean by number 4 is a characteristic that will distinguish it from any other rodent.
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Unread postby Spotted Cat » Fri Dec 07, 2007 5:21 pm

It has a shorter tail than other rodents?
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:41 am

Distinguishing features:
The overhanging muzzle is characteristic. The second largest rodent in SA. The muzzle overhangs the nostrils, jutting out in front. (from : FGTMOKNP)

Ok, SC was closest so she can have the floor :clap:
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Unread postby Spotted Cat » Sat Dec 08, 2007 10:38 pm

Right, go for it :wink:

Heterohyrax brucei

1. Habitat

2. Name one distinguishing feature

3. Describe "toilet" habits

4. Why the interest in these "toilets"?
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Unread postby TaraLB » Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:22 am

Yellow spotted rock dassie

Rocky ground, usually a cliff of some description

Yellow spot on back/white above eyes

Not sure about the toilets, but if I'm right they use the same spot for years, and the acid of the urine smooths the rock, so that they can get better suction grip with their feet.

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Sun Dec 09, 2007 10:29 am

Agree with Tara, but may I just add...

2. Rocky outcrops, sea cliffs, boulder piles, erosion gullys which must have some sort of cover and browsing material.

3. Also has a patch of long black or white hair around the dorsal gland on the back.

4. The territory is marked with urine and dung middens. The dung is a distinct bright white, and the urine stains the rock white. This is caused by crystalised calcium carbonate.

5. It marks the territory?
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Unread postby Spotted Cat » Sun Dec 09, 2007 11:14 pm

Hi, sorry for the long delay :evil: Network was down the whole day and I just got going again :)

Heterohyrax brucei - Yellow-spotted Rock Dassie

1. Habitat - It has a far more restricted range than the Rock Dassie, but choice of terrain is the same i.e. rocky outcrops, cliffs, even the roots and leaves of trees such as the Agave (sisal plant) and Spekboom (Purslane-tree). It does not occur in South Africa, except in the Northern Province.

2. A yellow spot situated on the back- (mid-dorsally)

3. Describe "toilet" habits - Deposited in selected latrines which are often piled fairly high. They urinate in other spots, mainly on sloping rock, leaving visible stains.

4. Why the interest in these "toilets"? - Because of its crystallizing action, the urine is prized in South Africa for its medicinal properties.

Well done TaraLB :) well done WAC :)

Over to WAC - I was looking for the reason why the urine is of interest, but "crystallized" earns you half a point. :lol: Close call Tara!!
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Sat Jan 12, 2008 2:25 pm

Loxodonta Africana

1) English name
2) Why this animal is so well known
3) Spoor size
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