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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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No correct answer yet...(I'm not sure I can accept an answer to only one of the questions, but I sure would have liked that option in college!) Keep trying...


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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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AFRICAT wrote:
1. You're enjoying a nice cold brew while waiting for the embers of your braai to burn themselves out. Between the mesmerizing effects of the brew, the fire, and the ambiance of the bush, you begin to count the cricket chirps as they perform their nocturnal symphony. You count 1,..2,..there are 54 chirps in 25 seconds.

You correctly conclude it's 32 degrees C and there will be no rain for your A.M. game drive.

2. The African grass owl, closely resembling the barn owl, is listed as a Vulnerable species. Your best chance of adding it to your list is to visit the sub-alpine grasslands of Lesotho.

3. A characteristic sign of a caracal kill is the dislocated neck of an impala who was chased into a tree.


1. False ... agree on 22 (as per your formula).

2. False ... very limited distribution in Lesoto. I should rather go to Rietvlei in Pretoria.

3. False ... absolutely not! The best signature of a Caracal kill is teeth marks on the throat, and the victim being eaten from the inside of the back leg. Chasing a victim up a tree is absolutely a bad plan, especially since victims aren't stupid. It might happen accidentally, but only in very very few cases. Not a good hunting strategy for an animal that needs to survive on a daily basis.

So ... I'm in agreement with Siobain :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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I'll throw in my two bobs worth here:

a) False - As Siobain and Imberbe said, based on your formula I would go with the 22 C

b) False - Tyto Capensis is listed as Least Concern on the red list

c) False - I would go with Imberbe, but I would think caracal would only hunt impala fawn not full grown ones. Also, (and this is a question as much as anything) are'nt they also primarily bird hunters so a characteristic sign of a caracal kill would also be plucked feathers?

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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Looks like I'm the one who's going to learn something here, once again!

1. False, correct, just trying to get others to refer to some of the other quiz threads.

2. I read that the grass owl was listed as Vulnerable in the ""Eskom Red Data Book of Birds of S. Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland", and also that it has become extinct in Lesotho, so I hope that has been proven incorrect, but the answer is False, as all of you said correctly.

3. This is where my answer differed from all of yours, so I will go with your answer of False, but I thought it was True based on the following:

In the Oct. 2008 issue of Africa Geographic, pg. 25, there was a photo of a caracal with an impala photo that includes the following paragraph: " Apart from the gnawed flesh on the hindquarters, a characteristic sign of a caracal kill, the carcass was unmarked when we discovered it. The neck, however, appeared to be dislocated, suggesting that the impala had been chased into a tree, breaking its neck - a common caracal hunting ploy."

This was part of a report of a census taken via camera trap at Mankwe Wildlife Reserve, by Jason Gilchrist, of Napier Univ., UK.
(Those wild 'n crazy funloving Brits, always pulling your leg!)

Anyway, I'll go with the unanimous vote of False, so Siobane....
you're IT.


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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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:thumbs_up: Siobain

Love these quizzes - I learn something new everyday I read here and with the diverse amount of information out there it is great to see the differing ideas come up.

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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Thanks guys!

A) The common Ostrich is capable of speeds of up to 70km's/h about
43 mph.

B) Less than 3% of bird species in 'Kruger' are abundant and very
common, whilst over 56% are uncommon, opportunistic or rare.

C) April is 'raptor breeding' season in 'Kruger'.

D) In the local 'Shangaan' traditions, thunderstorms are referred to as
'female rain', whilst softer rains are referred to as 'male rain'.

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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A. T (in short bursts_ 70 km/h or 43 mph, but that is close enough)

B. T

C. T

D. T


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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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Africat, 2 wrong, 2 correct...

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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second and last try (also known as "guess"..T, T, F, F ?


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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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June is Raptor breeding season in Kruger.

In the local Shangaan traditions thunderstorms are 'male rain'
Longer softer rain 'female rain'

Good guess Africat. :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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1. We are all familiar with the word kleptomaniac, but there are spiders that steal food from the webs of other spiders, and these are known as kleptoparasites.

2. Some centipedes are known to prey on scorpions and even to catch bats.

3. EXTERNAL digestion (the prey animal is liquified outside the body of the predator prior to being ingested) is practiced by peripatus, pseudoscorpions, and assassin bugs.

4. Male solifugids use their jaws to transfer their sperm, after releasing it upon the ground, into the females reproductive opening. Even those species that transfer it directly into the female use their jaws to complete the insertion process.

5. Just as we've all seen fishermen casting their nets to catch food, so too are there fishing spiders which don't sit in their webs, but throw them over prey, such as tadpoles.


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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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Let's have a whirl (btw Africat, fantastic questions you ask :thumbs_up: I'm learning more about that world every time I do one of your Q's. )

1. T
2. T
3. T
4. I think the first part is T but the second part F
5. F

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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Thanks, Timepilot. I love these quizzes too for simply that reason. You learn on both ends, posing the question, as well as trying to answer...win/win situation.

Some of your answers are right, some wrong...but which are which?


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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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Africat, I'm in the same boat as your previous question - the reading that I did gave me these answers so all I would end up with is contradiction :doh: - I'll stick with what I've got for the moment and see what others more knowledgeable than myself say :hmz:

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