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Introduced Mammals of the United Kingdom
"This quiz focuses on a select few mammal species that have been introduced to the British Isles over the past 5000 years. Hopefully this quiz will surprise you, and make you wonder what else is out there. Have fun!"
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The UK has two native deer species, the red deer and the roe deer, and four introduced species. One of these four others was thought to have been introduced by the Normans, but it is now known that they were present in England in the first century A.D. and so must have been brought here by the Romans. Which deer is this?
Chinese water deer
When the Normans invaded England they introduced one animal that remains a familiar sight in the present day. What is it?
One of the more interesting introduced mammals of the UK is native to Australia. What is it?
This animal was farmed in the 1920's for fur, but after escapes occurred there is now a wild population covering almost the entire of the UK. What is it?
An area in Scotland is home to an introduced population of small mammals, thought to have been brought there by Neolithic farmers. What is it called?
In 1902 some rodents escaped from a private collection in Hertfordshire, and there is now a wild population numbering some 10,000 individuals. What animal is it?
Which American rodent was introduced to the UK in the 1800's, and caused the widespread decline of a similar red species?
Eastern gray squirrel
Western gray squirrel
This very common mammal actually only arrived in Europe in the Middle Ages, and its earliest record in the UK is 1730. This rodent was also unknown in America until around 1750. What is it?
This burrowing rodent has escaped from captivity and formed a feral colony in Northern Ireland. What is it?
Black-tailed prairie dog
Keeping with Ireland, what small mammal species found in Europe and Africa was in 2008 found to have been introduced to Ireland?
Greater white-toothed shrew
Sulawesi tiny shrew
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