Sunday, January 24, 2010

Veritably Vertebrate - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) Mammal. While other mammals like the flying fox can glide, the bat is the only mammal that truly flies.
  • A2) Mammal. The beaver is a rodent, like mice, rats, squirrels, porcupines, and groundhogs.
  • A3) Mammal. All whales, including the orca, are mammals, joined by dolphins and porpoises in the order cetacea.
  • A4) Reptile. Crocodiles and their alligator cousins are among the 23 species in the order crocodilia.
  • A5) Mammal. The spiny anteater is one of the few egg-laying mammals known as monotremes, with the playtpus being the other main example.
  • A6) Amphibian. Other amphibians include the toad, salamander, and newt.
  • A7) Reptile. Lizards and snakes make up most of the squamata, by far the largest of the reptile orders.
  • A8) Bird. Other birds may go underwater briefly to catch their prey, but penguins can swim underwater the longest and farthest.
  • A9) Mammal. Sea otters are a member of the weasel family.
  • A10) Reptile. Sea turtles, turtles, and tortoises belong to the order Testudines.
  • A11) Fish. Sharks with cartilaginous skeletons date back over 400 million years ago, back to the time of the dinosaurs.
  • A12) Reptile. Sharks resemble legless lizards but have no eyelids or external ears.

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