10 most difficult zoology riddlesZoology quiz
Which animals are the most threatened by a prion disease?
Scrapie is infectious and incurable. Recent studies suggest prions may be spread through urine and persist in the environment for decades. Scrapie occurs in Europe and North America, but to date, Australia and New Zealand (both major sheep-producing countries) are scrapie-free.
Which rodent has the highest ratio of brain mass to body mass?
Beaver a large semiaquatic broad-tailed rodent that is native to North America and northern Eurasia. It is noted for its habit of gnawing through tree trunks to fell the trees in order to feed on the bark and build dams. Beaver has the highest ratio of brain mass to body weight among rodents, which is reflected in the behaviour and the ability to act not only instinctively, but also logically.
Who was the first to create a zoo and botanical garden for scientific study?
Throughout his conquests of Asia, Alexander the Great collected many plant and animal specimens for Aristotle’s research. This allowed Aristotle to develop in Athens the first zoo and botanical garden in existence.
Purring is characteristic for...
all from the cat family
for big cats like lions, tigers
for small cats
only for domestic cats
Big cats (Pantherinae) can not purr, but are able to roar. For small cats (Felinae), apart from domestic cats, there are also Felis cats, such as European wild cat.
Which turtles are the biggest?
aldabra giant tortoise
The leatherback sea turtle, the only extant member of the family Dermochelyidae, is the largest of all living turtles and is the fourth largest modern reptile behind three crocodilians. In the Caribbean, the mean size of adults was reported at 384 kg (850 lb) in weight. The largest ever found weighed 916 kilograms (2,020 lb).
What is the main feeding behaviour of hyenas?
none of the above
Hyenas have long been regarded as being cowardly scavengers. Today they are known for killing as many as 95% of the animals they eat, and for driving off leopards or lionesses from their kills.
Which mammal has more than seven cervical vertebrae (neck bones)?
Almost all mammals have seven neck bones, including giraffes with long necks and whales with short necks. The few exceptions include manatees and two-toed sloths, which each have only six cervical vertebrae, and three-toed sloths with nine cervical vertebrae
Which reptile subgroup is considered extinct?
None of the above are extinct
Synapsids were the largest terrestrial vertebrates in the Permian period, 299 to 251 million years ago, although some of the larger pareiasaurs at the end of Permian could match them in size.
In what period did the largest known animal ever live?
At 190 tonnes in weight, blue whale is the largest known animal ever to have existed. The tallest and heaviest sauropod known from a complete skeleton weighed 23–37 tonnes. There were much larger sauropods, but they are known from only a few bones, and it is unlikely they matched a blue whale.