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Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Exotic Pets?

By: Dr Gareth Evans - Updated: 17 Nov 2010 | comments*Discuss
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If you’re a long term visitor, you’ve probably browsed a fair few of the main pages and hopefully picked up some useful hints and tips along the way – but have you ever wondered how much you’ve learnt about exotic pets without ever really trying?

Well, here’s your chance to find out, with a quick quiz about some of the fascinating animals and topics covered elsewhere on this site.

On the other hand if you’re a first timer here – don’t despair! Just have a go at the quiz anyway and see how much you already know. If you do find out something new along the way, it only goes to show how much more there is just waiting to be discovered in the range of articles we have on offer.

It should only take a few minutes, so have fun. Quiz answers can be found at the bottom.

Good luck!

    1. What kind of an animal is a Caecilian?

    • a) A reptile
    • b) An amphibian
    • c) An insect
    • 2. How can you tell a millipede from a centipede?

    • a) Millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment, centipedes have only one pair.
    • b) Centipedes have a single pair of small wings, located just behind their heads.
    • c) Millipedes have three pairs of antennae, centipedes have four.
    • 3. What would make an ideal temperature for an Emperor Scorpion tank?

    • a) 10ºC (50F)
    • b) 25ºC (77F)
    • c) 40ºC (104F)
    • 4. What kind of animal is a Triops?

    • a) An arachnid
    • b) A crustacean
    • c) An insect
    • 5.Why should you give pet snails a cuttlefish bone?

    • a) To help them keep the “teeth” on their tongues sharp.
    • b) To help keep the humidity in the right range.
    • c) To provide them with the calcium they need.
    • 6. What is unusual about the axolotl?

    • a) It can breed although it hasn’t actually metamorphosed into an adult.
    • b) It is totally aquatic.
    • c) It is always albino.
    • 7. Why are vinegarones so called?

    • a) It comes from the French “Vin-garon”; they are common vineyard pests.
    • b) They were first discovered in the Vinegaro region of Arizona.
    • c) They defend themselves by spraying acetic acid (vinegar).
    • 8. What’s the link between Clawed Frogs and pregnant women?

    • a) They used to be used as an early pregnancy test.
    • b) According to African folklore, eating a Clawed Frog’s legs guarantees a baby boy.
    • c) In eastern Europe, pregnant women traditionally keep Clawed Frogs to ward off evil spirits.
    • 9.Milk snakes are harmless, but which highly venomous snakes do they mimic?

    • a) Banded sea snakes
    • b) Forest cobras
    • c) Coral snakes
    • 10. There are 1,500 scorpion species in the world, but how many are fatal to us?

    • a) 10
    • b) 100
    • c) 1000

    Your Quiz Results

    1. Although they look almost exactly like earthworms, caecilians are amphibians, so it’s (b).

    2. It’s answer (a). Millipedes have two pairs of legs per body segment, while centipedes only have one pair. Other differences include body shape and colour (centipedes are typically flatter and often brighter and more colourful than millipedes).

    3. Answer (b); a temperature around 25ºC (77F) would be ideal for this scorpion.

    4. Answer (b) again – also known as Shield or Tadpole Shrimps, Triops are crustaceans.

    5. It’s (c) a cuttlefish bone will provide them with the calcium they need.

    6. Axolotls are aquatic and the ones on sale in pet shops often are albino, but the really unusual thing about them is that they can breed while they are themselves still technically immature, so it’s (a).

    7. It’s answer (c) vinegarones defend themselves by spraying acetic acid from their rears and the vinegary smell gave rise to the name. They are otherwise known as whip-scorpions.

    8. It’s (a). Long before home kits, Clawed Frogs were used to test for pregnancy. Injecting a female frog with a pregnant woman's urine will cause the frog to lay eggs in about 10-12 hours. Goodness only knows who first worked that one out!

    9. Milk snakes mimic the highly venomous Coral Snakes which share their range in the wild, so the answer’s (c). Give yourself a bonus point if you knew that this kind of mimicry – a harmless animal disguising itself as something more dangerous – is known as “Batesian.”

    10.It’s (b) – around 100 of the world’s 1,500 or so species of scorpion are known to be fatal to humans.

    So, how did you do? Is David Attenborough out of a job – or have you still got a few things to learn?

    If the truth be told, however much you know, there always seems to be something new to find out which is, of course, one of the best parts about keeping any kind of exotic pet. It’s a great hobby and an endless voyage of discovery – so enjoy the trip!

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