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 Post subject: Rodent Quiz (RV)
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:14 pm 
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This runs almost the same as the bat quize.

It is a revolving quize and who ever gets the quistion right is IT!!

Here we go.

How many species of rodents are their in SA?

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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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84 of which 4 are exotics.

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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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Imberbe i declare you IT :clap: :clap:


Pat-once you get to know them they are quite cute :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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What is peculiar to the sex life of the largest rodent in S.A? :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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The female porcupine is sexually receptive for only 8 to 12 hours per year. The male sprays her with urine from a distance and if she is ready to mate, she will allow it. If not, she will shake the urine off and run away. :whistle:

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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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JenB wrote:
The female porcupine is sexually receptive for only 8 to 12 hours per year.


Not true. Though females usually give berth only once a year, captive animals have had litters twice a year. Also, should a female loose her young, she can conceive again in a matter of a few weeks.

Ovulation is stimulated through sexual intercourse. Females held in captivity without males, stopped ovulating.

Also the urination takes place after the female has excepted the males advance.

Afraid I am still looking for the correct answer ... :huh:

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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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Mmmmm let me think how to put this :roll:

The have sex for pleasure (like humans and one other mammal) :roll:

But it personally I see it is a human preseption as the real reason is to stimulate ovulation...


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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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:clap: Pilane

Yes, the Porcupine male and female have a monogamous relationship, which includes regular sexual intercourse. This has the social function of bonding the pair.

Pilane you're IT!

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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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Which are not rodents...

Porcupine
Hedgehog
Springhare
Shrew

Eezy peezy

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(like humans and one other mammal)

Name the other animal for a bonus point (not a rodent)


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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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Good q ...

Hedgehogs and shrews. (Despite the name springhares are not hares but are in fact rodents)

Bonus: Bonobo. Or dolphin. I'm sure there must be more.

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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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I secretly agree ... 8)

BTW guys, lets keep it to one question at a time in the Revolving Question quizzes. Throwing in more than one tends to complicate things with different people giving correct answers (except for boffins such a SecretCode off course!)
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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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Imberbe wrote:
I secretly agree ... 8)

BTW guys, lets keep it to one question at a time in the Revolving Question quizzes. Throwing in more than one tends to complicate things with different people giving correct answers (except for boffins such a SecretCode off course!)
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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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SecretCode wrote:
Give me a few minutes.

Pjw wrote:
:whistle: :whistle:

Rusty Justy wrote:
:hmz:


How about this. Which southern African rodent is this:

Noted for standing upright on its back feet to observe surroundings / look out.

The male has testicles so large (in proportion to its size) that they touch the ground even when the back legs are fully stretched - and even when the ground is extremely hot.

I've seen this in Etosha (Namibia). It does occur in SA, although it's possible that it's classified as a different species. (I think the distribution doesn't include the Kruger, however.)

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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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Either the Damara or South African Ground Squirrel???

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 Post subject: Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)
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Yes! (I'll accept either. But I would like to see a distribution map ... do you know where I can find one?)

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