Quiz about Those Beady Eyed Rats
Quiz about Those Beady Eyed Rats

Those Beady Eyed Rats Trivia Quiz


This is a short little quiz about animals that are close to my heart. The rambunctious resilient rat. This quiz only covers WILD rats and not domestics.

A multiple-choice quiz by irisfreamon. Estimated time: 3 mins.
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Author
irisfreamon
Time
3 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
348,127
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
428
This quiz has 2 formats: you can play it as a or as shown below.
Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. What order do rats belong to? Hint

Rodentia
Carnivora
Lagomorpha
Passeriformes

2. What is one adaptation an animal must possess to be put into the order Rodentia? Hint

Continuously growing incisors
Short pointed ears
Long bushy tails
Five toes on each foot

3. Which species of rat hosted the fleas that led to the spread of the black plague? Hint

Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus)
Gambian pouched rat (Cricetomys gambianus)
African grass rat (Arvicanthis niloticus)
Black rat (Rattus rattus)

4. Rats are carnivores.

True
False

5. What are Gambian pouched rats being used to do in Africa? Hint

Find cures for diseases
Detect land mines
Detect ghosts
Dig holes for planting

6. What continent did rats originate in? Hint

Africa
South America
Europe
Asia

7. What country has a temple that is inhabited by rats? Hint

Nepal
Pakistan
Gambia
India

8. What is a group of rats called? Hint

A posse
A coalition
A herd
A mischief

9. Rats can swim up through your toilet plumbing.

True
False

10. Why should you never hold a rat upside down by its tail for an extended period of time? Hint

All the blood would rush to their head making them pass out
The skin on the tail might slough off
Their tail might come off
It will vomit


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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What order do rats belong to?

Answer: Rodentia

Rats are in the order Rodentia. The order runs the gamut in terms of the sizes from the smallest, the pygmy jerboa, to the largest, the capybara.

Lagamorpha is the order of rabbits and hares. Carnivora is the large order of animals that eat mainly meat. This orders includes animals such as dogs, cats, and raccoons among others. Passeriformes is the order of most small songbirds such as chickadees, kinglets, and bushtits.
2. What is one adaptation an animal must possess to be put into the order Rodentia?

Answer: Continuously growing incisors

How many rats have you seen with long bushy tails?
Ever wonder why you see rodents constantly chewing on things? Its because of those incisors. If they are not trimmed regularly by gnawing, they can grow so long that the animal can no longer eat. In domestic situations, the rodent would need to be taken to a veterinarian who will file down the teeth.
3. Which species of rat hosted the fleas that led to the spread of the black plague?

Answer: Black rat (Rattus rattus)

The black rat may not be the most well known or often seen species, but it carried fleas that had the pathogen that caused bubonic plague. These rats scurried onto ships and then disembarked wherever the ship made port. This allowed the fleas to spread to other parts of Europe.

The more well known rat is the Norway rat. Among its many names are city rat and sewer rat. It is also the species that was used to create the domestic rat, or fancy rat.
4. Rats are carnivores.

Answer: False

Rats are omnivores. This means that they will eat any type of food from fruit to carrion to bones. They are basically nature's garbage cans.
5. What are Gambian pouched rats being used to do in Africa?

Answer: Detect land mines

Land mines are prevalent through out Africa after being left behind after years of war. These rats find the land mines by scent. They then scratch at the mine to indicate to the people searching that they found a one. They can get away with running through mine fields because they are too light to trigger the mines.
6. What continent did rats originate in?

Answer: Asia

Rats and some other rodents spread across the globe by affiliating with humans. Some have also been introduced by people into areas where they were not previously found.
7. What country has a temple that is inhabited by rats?

Answer: India

The Karni Mata temple in Deshnoke, India is inhabited by rats who are protected and are considered sacred. These rats are believed to be destined for reincarnation as Sadhus or Hindu holy men. The priests at the temple give the rats milk and grain, and the worshipers also eat the food from the same bowl as the rats.

A white rat is supposed to be the reincarnated form of the Hindu sage Karni Mata or one of her four sons, and is supposed to be a blessing.
8. What is a group of rats called?

Answer: A mischief

As anyone who has ever owned a rat can attest to, this is a good name for a group of these guys.
9. Rats can swim up through your toilet plumbing.

Answer: True

Yes they can. Many people wonder how they can do it since rats cannot hold their breath for very long due to their small lungs. They can accomplish this because of the "S" shape of most toilet plumbing. The rat takes a big gulp of air and "snakes" its way through the tube.

At one turn in the tube there is an air pocket. The rat stops at this place and takes in more air to complete its journey to your toilet bowl.
10. Why should you never hold a rat upside down by its tail for an extended period of time?

Answer: The skin on the tail might slough off

A rat should never be picked up by its tail and held because the skin on the tail is very thin and it can cause an injury known as a tail degloving. The only time it is acceptable to hold a rat by the tail is when you are using both hands to pick it up. You grab the base of the tail and then scoop your hand under the belly to support the rat's weight.

Rats are incapable of vomiting.
Source: Author irisfreamon

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