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Rodent Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Batmad » Mon Sep 01, 2008 5:14 pm

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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Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Imberbe » Fri Sep 05, 2008 12:55 am

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

Unread postby Batmad » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:20 pm

Imberbe i declare you IT :clap: :clap:


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Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Imberbe » Sat Sep 13, 2008 7:56 pm

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

Unread postby JenB » Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:11 pm

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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Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:57 am

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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Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Pilane » Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:04 pm

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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Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:01 am

: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.

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Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Pilane » Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:07 pm

Which are not rodents...

Porcupine
Hedgehog
Springhare
Shrew

Eezy peezy

(like humans and one other mammal)

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

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Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)

Unread postby SecretCode » Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:18 pm

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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Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Imberbe » Tue Sep 16, 2008 7:59 pm

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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Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Pilane » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:41 pm

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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Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)

Unread postby SecretCode » Mon Sep 22, 2008 10:44 am

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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Re: Rodent Quiz (RV)

Unread postby Rusty Justy » Mon Sep 22, 2008 12:18 pm

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

Unread postby SecretCode » Mon Sep 22, 2008 6:20 pm

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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