Quiz about Mammal Mia
Quiz about Mammal Mia

Mammal Mia Trivia Quiz


There are many wild animals we don't hear much about. They are scarce, hard to find or clever at hiding. Here are ten fairly odd mammals for you to spot. Have fun!

A multiple-choice quiz by alexis722. Estimated time: 4 mins.
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Author
alexis722
Time
4 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
374,407
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
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Average
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6 / 10
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1. The European souslik has an unusual name, but would probably look rather ordinary to most people. These common mammals of Asia and Europe have been given this name, but you would just call it what? Hint

Rabbit
Squirrel
Field mouse
Possum

2. Which is the largest member of the civet family as well as the largest carnivorous mammal in its native Madagascar? Hint

Fessa
Fossa
Fasso
Fusso

3. This small monkey from the Amazon Basin area is arboreal. Seldom seen in captivity, what is its name? Hint

Bald saki
Piebald saki
Hairy saki
Tonsured saki

4. Resembling a small greyish yellow hyena, this African mammal lives primarily on insects, especially termites. What is its name? Hint

Aardvark
Aracnose looper
Argali
Aardwolf

5. This charming 25 cm long critter is also called the hairy hedgehog. It is dark brown to black with a white face and an elongated nose. What is it otherwise known as? Hint

Sundowner
Moon rat
Range rat
Bugbear

6. 'Ovis ammon' is native to central Asia, including Tibet, Siberia and Mongolia. This is the largest wild sheep (to 120 cm. tall). What is its native name? Hint

Allegro
Aspidistra
Andorra
Argali

7. Which of these is a raccoon-like creature, native to the southern U.S.? Hint

Cacomistle
Rack-a-tack-ta
Mistletoto
Andromeda

8. Vulpes zerda is the scientific name given this cute animal. What is it usually called? Hint

Frank
Fenris wolf
Fennec fox
Fender's fairy fox

9. Here's an unusual animal. The males have neon blue cheeks, scarlet noses and golden beards. They are sociable, and have a loose 'family' arrangement in their tribes, as they help one another. What do we call them? Hint

Malayan tapir
Pademelon
Mandrill
Dibatag

10. These are the only true nocturnal monkeys. They have large brown eyes, full of expression and resembling an owl, and they are often referred to as 'owl monkeys'. What is the scientific name for this mammal? Hint

Dormouse
Doronomous Rex
Doormat
Douroucouli


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. The European souslik has an unusual name, but would probably look rather ordinary to most people. These common mammals of Asia and Europe have been given this name, but you would just call it what?

Answer: Squirrel

They look like and are common ground squirrels, but have one unusual feature that distinguishes them from your everyday squirrel: their food includes large quantities of meat, generally small birds, voles, moles and other small rodents. The squirrels themselves are rodents.

These squirrels are found through eastern Europe to Asia Minor. The length of the souslik is around eight inches and it weighs in at about eleven ounces. This squirrel is diurnal and lives in colonies of individual burrows or grassy slopes. They come out during to day to feed on seeds, plants, roots and flightless small invertebrates. The eggs of ground nesting birds are also on the menu. Sentinels are posted to whistle at any signs of danger.

This squirrel has a very specific habitat need for it to build its tunnel systems. It requires short turf in order to dig properly, the best terrain being steppes and pastureland. Sporting fields, lawns and parks are also good, but are too often filled with humans.

In winter, these squirrels hibernate, each in his own chamber of dried vegetation in the burrow. In spring, mating takes place and the litter consists of about five to eight young. After six weeks or so of nursing, the offspring are off on their own.

The category of this 'Spermophilus citellus' - (Linnaueus, 1766) is labeled 'Vulnerable", as its habitat is decreasing.
2. Which is the largest member of the civet family as well as the largest carnivorous mammal in its native Madagascar?

Answer: Fossa

Fossas are endangered species, with fewer that 3,000 individuals remaining in spring, 2015. The fossa is similar to the mongoose and also has feline features.

It is also the largest of the carnivorous mammals of Madagascar, up to about 1 1/2 meters (appx. 4 1/2 feet) long. Most fossas are brownish-orange and are kinda cuddly looking (except for those very sharp teeth and claws).
3. This small monkey from the Amazon Basin area is arboreal. Seldom seen in captivity, what is its name?

Answer: Hairy saki

The hairy or monk saki is so called because its head hair grows forward toward the face, resembling a monk's cowl. The face itself appears somewhat clean-shaven, and it carries a worried frown. Perhaps this shows its inner feelings because these poor little guys are subject to anxiety attacks at the least thing and often die from shock because of it. That alone makes them endangered.
4. Resembling a small greyish yellow hyena, this African mammal lives primarily on insects, especially termites. What is its name?

Answer: Aardwolf

Its name means earth wolf because it lives in burrows. This is a wary looking, widely striped animal. Although it is a carnivore, the aardwolf can eat a quarter million termites every night because it has a long sticky tongue that they stick to. It comes in various colors, and its category if 'of least concern'.
The aardvark is called an earth pig in Afrikaans (which derives primarily from Dutch).
5. This charming 25 cm long critter is also called the hairy hedgehog. It is dark brown to black with a white face and an elongated nose. What is it otherwise known as?

Answer: Moon rat

The moon rat is not without some charm (can't think of any at the moment). It's a diurnal hunter and lives in southeast Asia. It is the largest of its order, insectivora. Its other endearing feature is the odious smell that comes from its musk glands.
6. 'Ovis ammon' is native to central Asia, including Tibet, Siberia and Mongolia. This is the largest wild sheep (to 120 cm. tall). What is its native name?

Answer: Argali

This sheep is large, nimble and has enormous thick curling horns. Its status is Endangered because of habitat loss, its uses in Chinese medicines and trophy hunting. The argali live in herds of between two and about one hundred sheep, segregated by gender until breeding season.
7. Which of these is a raccoon-like creature, native to the southern U.S.?

Answer: Cacomistle

This is a shy, small furry critter that resembles an elongated raccoon. It is also called the cat squirrel or ringtailed cat because its tail is as long or longer than its body. The name 'cacomistle' originates in the native Nahuatl word, which translates to 'half-cat' or 'half mountain lion'.

This is a long, sleek, wiry and timid animal. It is not yet on the Endangered list but is considered as 'under threat'. There are other types of this lovely animal but this is the North American version.
8. Vulpes zerda is the scientific name given this cute animal. What is it usually called?

Answer: Fennec fox

The fennec is adorable, with an endearing look on its face, and has perky ears as long as (maybe longer than) its face. It resembles a small dog or cat. But, it is wild like all the others mentioned in this quiz and is best left alone as it may well be on the endangered list one day.

Its status as yet is unknown but it has only one very small habitat in central Argentina. It needs the type of land that may be dug up and made into burrow systems, and this is found in that one area. Dogs, cats, farm animals and machinery, as well as humans are potential predators.

The fennec is rare and elusive, living primarily underground and being a nocturnal hunter. It eats insects, worms and whatever it finds in the burrows or outside at night.
9. Here's an unusual animal. The males have neon blue cheeks, scarlet noses and golden beards. They are sociable, and have a loose 'family' arrangement in their tribes, as they help one another. What do we call them?

Answer: Mandrill

The mandrill is native to some parts of Africa. The above description is of the males, being far more colorful and noticeable than the female. Mandrills are very sociable and hunt together to provide food for their families. If necessary, the families form a network of warning signs and have sentinels that transmit several different sounds.

They bark, grunt and crow so that the hunters will not be attacked or eaten.
10. These are the only true nocturnal monkeys. They have large brown eyes, full of expression and resembling an owl, and they are often referred to as 'owl monkeys'. What is the scientific name for this mammal?

Answer: Douroucouli

The big eyes are probably helpful in nighttime hunting. They are also arboreal mammals native to Central and South America. They are able to express themselves verbally with a wide range of noises, such as gruffs, grunts screams, low trills and others. These mammals, too, are seldom seen, and are wary of humankind.
Source: Author alexis722

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