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What mammal am I thinking of? (RV)

Unread postby Wild about cats » Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:30 am

Any person to answer a question completely right after a 24hr period gets a point. The person with the most points at the end of 20 of these wins.

I am a member of the viverridae family. I breed in the summer rainy season. I am omnivorous, feeding on rodents, insects, fruits and berries as well as small newborn antelope, birds, frogs, small reptiles, snakes eggs roots and other vegatable matter, and grass.I like a habitat with dense undergrowth near permanent water.

a) Who am I?
b) Am I solitary?
c) What size is my spoor?
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Unread postby christo » Thu Feb 15, 2007 11:44 am

Family Viverridae: (civets (Birthing from August to December), genets ((Birthing from August to September) and relatives)

1) Who am I? a Civet
Since we talk about a summer season breeding, it cuts out genets, as they breed in spring.

2) Am I Solitary? Usually I am

3) My spoor size is +_ 6cm in lenth (hind foot) and 5.5 cm in lenth (Front foot)
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Unread postby WELSH_ASH » Thu Feb 15, 2007 12:03 pm

a) African Civet

b) Yes

c) No idea on spoor sorry!

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Unread postby jonty1 » Thu Feb 15, 2007 8:26 pm

this one definately had me torn between large spotted genet and african civet. I'm gonna have to go with civet though since, according to my books, etc the reproductive pattern of the genet is not clear.

1) African Civet
2) I am solitary
3) Spoor is 5cm tp 5.5cm

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Feb 16, 2007 11:29 am

Well Done Guys. The score stands at:
christo : 3 points
jonty1 : 2 points
WELSH_ASH: 1 point


christo : I think 6 is too big, but if you can prove me wrong I will give you the point. :wink:

WELSH_ASH and jonty1 : They are not always solitary, they couple up for the mating season.

The answer:

a)The African Civet
b) They are usually solitary but will couple up for the mating season.
c) The spoor is 5.5 - 5 cm long
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Feb 16, 2007 11:36 am

Question Two

I am the only one of my family in Kruger. I am omnivorous. I am predominantly nocturnal but I am sometimes seen basking in the sun at the entrance to my burrow. I have no present scent glands.

a) Who am I?

b) What habitat do I favour? (lease be very specific)

c) What is my life-span?
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Unread postby christo » Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:47 pm

Wild about cats wrote:christo : I think 6 is too big, but if you can prove me wrong I will give you the point. :wink:



I Quote "a photographic guide to tracks & tracking" written by Louis Liebenberg, published by Struik, ISBN no. 1 86872 008 x.
On page 58 it is clearly indicated that the frontfoot and hindfoot differs. Front is 5.5cm in lenth (Although it is broader)(This is the lenth quoted in most sources) and backfoot 6cm long.

1 extra point please.
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Unread postby christo » Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:55 pm

a) I was tempted to say honey badger, but then remembered the part about the anal glands....The Dassie has got a dorsal gland...This should then be the porcupine. Eating carrion and gnawing on bones and taking Ivory back to their burrow makes this mainly vegetarian rodent an omnivore.

b) Habitat favoured is described as broken territory, inhabits rocky outcrops and hills. They shelter in caves or dens they dig themselves or disused antbear holes.

c) Up to 15 years (in captivity 20 years was recorded) with an average of eight years in the wild.
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:58 pm

christo wrote:
Wild about cats wrote:christo : I think 6 is too big, but if you can prove me wrong I will give you the point. :wink:



I Quote "a photographic guide to tracks & tracking" written by Louis Liebenberg, published by Struik, ISBN no. 1 86872 008 x.
On page 58 it is clearly indicated that the frontfoot and hindfoot differs. Front is 5.5cm in lenth (Although it is broader)(This is the lenth quoted in most sources) and backfoot 6cm long.

1 extra point please.


8) Good one. Good thing my sis has the book. Will edit now. Well done, your in the lead!
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Unread postby jonty1 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 11:07 pm

I agree with Chriso :D

1) the porcupine Hystrix africaeaustralis

2) Found from sea level to 2,000 m above sea level in most areas with vegetation such as forests and savannas. They prefer rocky hills and outcrops, and must have shelter during day, as they are predominantly nocturnal, often in caves or holes. Builds dens that can be up to 20 m long with a 2m deep living chamber near the center.

3) surviving 12 to 15 years

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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:45 am

When does the next question get posted?

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:46 am

Why don't you answer this one?

In one hour fifteen minutes :wink:
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Unread postby MarkWildDog » Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:52 am

Wild about cats wrote: a) Who am I?

South African/ Cape Porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis)

Wild about cats wrote:b) What habitat do I favour? (lease be very specific)

Broken country with rocky terrain in dry regions, grasslands and adjoining forest margins.

Wild about cats wrote:c) What is my life-span?

10-12 Years...

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Sat Feb 17, 2007 9:53 am

There's the spirit :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Wild about cats » Sat Feb 17, 2007 10:46 am

Well Done Guys. The score stands as follows:
christo : 6 points
jonty1 : 5 points
MarkWildDog : 3 points
WELSH_ASH : 1 point


Jonty1 : Well Done in answering b). It was outstanding.

The answer:

a) The Cape Pocupine

b) Most habitats favouring broken country with rocky terrain in dry regions, grasslands and ajoining the forest margains. (and what jonty1 said :lol: )

c) The life span is between 8 - 15 years.
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