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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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1.) Mopani worms are superior to beef not only because they can be stored for months, but because they also contain 2 times the protein content, by unit weight, as beef.
FALSE. They can be stored for months because they are dried; however, they contain three times as much protein as beef, weight for weight.

2.) Albatrosses can stay out to sea for months on end because they not only have ample fish and squid available, but can sleep on the water, and have built-in desalinization plants so they can drink the ocean water.
It depends how you look at this one to see if it is true or false. However, I'm going to say TRUE, for the following reasons: they do have ample food available which they catch on the wing; they do eject super-concentrated saline through a gland in their nostrils; and they can sleep on the water. However, it could be false because they do not usually sleep on the water due to vulnerability to marine predators; most of them therefore sleep while gliding.

3.) The following are ALL true about the baobab tree:
* The white pulp of the fruits contain vitamin C and cream of tartar.
TRUE
*The leaves can be boiled down and eaten as a vegetable.
FALSE. Leaves are mainly used as condiments and medicinal treatments. It is the pods that produce nutritional pulp.
*Ash from the burnt wood can be a substitute for salt.
FALSE. Some trees in Africa are burnt to extract salt, but I could find no reference to this for the baobab.
*The hard wood of its gangly branches make fine walking sticks.
FALSE. Baobab wood is fibrous and spongy, not hard.

So, the answer FALSE, because not all of the baobab statements are true!
4.) Lesser bushbabies (Galago moholi) can clear a full 2.5 meters - that is around 17 times the length of its own body!
Again could be true or false. However, I'll go with TRUE because it can clear around 17 times its own body length in a single jump. The reason I said it could be false is because a previous quiz question cited that it could jump up to 33 times its body length!

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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own...Mopani worms do contain 3x the protein...spot on!
Albatrosses are able to sleep on the water...spot on!
Re: baobab - my source says the leaves can be boiled and eaten as a vegetable...would appreciate more input on this one. However, you were exactly right on the "trick" part concerning being a hard wood. NOT!
Bushbaby question, as usual, spot on AGAIN...it is 33 x their length. If I had read all the other quizzes, I wouldn't have posted that, but since I did, and you are way too informed for me...TAG, you're IT!!


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False Though normally silent, calves bleat and make
a mewing call, cows seeking lost calves bellow, and courting bulls also make
sounds, they also give alarm snorts as well as other sounds have been reported.

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True or False:

A) Hedgehogs hibernate throughout the winter.

B) Thick tailed Bushbabies are solitary animals and will only
socialize before mating.

C) The scales of a Pangolins tail are sharp and formidable weapons.

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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a. True? (Depending on how technical you want to be. They actually go in to torpor, and can come out of it in case of heightened temperatures, etc. True hibernation is yet to be confirmed.)

b. False

c. True

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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I was wanting the technical. My book states they enter a state of semi-hibernation, which is not as profound as with some other animals. In unseasonable rains or warmer periods the sleepy animals could venture out.
They may even eat a little, but not with the gusto of their usual summer feeding. So i was looking for false as the answer. (Do we have the same book again Imberbe ?) :lol: The other two are also correct. :thumbs_up:

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a. Certain birds, such as snipes, are able to bend certain sections along the length of their bills independently of the rest of the bill. This enables them to transport food up their bill without having to open the whole bill.

b. A worker bee progresses from one task to the next within the hive, in a fixed system of age dependent specialisation.

c. The Eland is predominantly a grazer.

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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1. True

The bill of a snipe, for example, can be opened near the tip. This occurs through a rotation of the quadrate whereby it moves the jugal bar forward. The basal two-thirds of the bill is rigid, hence the mandible is bent further.

2. True

The basis for the division of labor within the hive is the age of the worker. The worker begins its life taking care of the storage cells of the hive, then moves on to brood care and food storage, and ends its life as a forager. The adaptive significance of this labor schedule is that it extends the life of the worker by establishing a system whereby the young worker bees spend the majority of their lives inside the hive where they live in the protected environments of their colony. Once they become foragers, they are susceptible to predation, bad weather, and wing burnout.

The primary cause of death for a worker bee is burnout. That is, their wing muscles only have a certain amount of flight, generally 800 kilometers, and when this point has been reached they are incapable of fulfilling their role and taking care of themselves.

3.False

Although the eland is often considered a plains-dwelling animal, they browse more than graze, feeding in areas where shrubs and bushes provide the leaves they prefer and using their horns to bring twigs and branches into reach. They also consume certain fruits, large bulbs and tuberous roots.


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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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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.


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1) FALSE - If i calculate this from your explanation on the insect quiz the
temperature would be 22 degrees.

2) FALSE - As far as i know you don't get them in Lesotho.

3) FALSE - This sounds too ridiculous to be true. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: True or False? (RV)
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Well, the first two i have no idea about..

the 3rd one about the dislocated neck.
i heared that some predator has a habit of chasing their prey up a tree. not into but slamming into the tree and breaking their neck (dislocating it).

so for the 3rd one i would guess TRUE

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