Sunday Quiz – Little Critters – The Answers!

Good morning everyone! I completely forgot to post the winners this week – just blame it on Covid Brain. So, congratulations to Mike at Alittlebitoutoffocus for the best overall score of 9/16, and to Sarah for the best score on British mammals with 8/8. Well done to both! But next week I think we’ll do something plant-related. Watch this space….

Dear Readers,

Here are the answers to my most fiendish quiz so far.

Part One

Photo One by By Peter Trimming -, CC BY 2.0,

1) e)  Red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris)

Photo Two by Bouke ten Cate / CC BY-SA (

2) a) Edible dormouse (Glis glis)

Photo Three by Danielle Schwarz / CC BY-SA (

3)h)  Hazel dormouse (Muscardinus avellanarius)

Photo Four by Dunpharlain / CC BY-SA (

4)c) Brown rat (Rattus norvegicus)

Photo Five by Peter Trimming from Croydon, England / CC BY (

5)g) Water vole (Arvicola amphibius)

Photo Six by Bj.schoenmakers / CC0

6)b) Harvest mouse (Micromys minutus)

Photo Seven by Sandy Rae from Scotland, UK / CC BY (

7)f) Wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus)

Photo Eight by Soricida / CC BY-SA (

8) d) Common shrew (Sorex araneus)

Part Two

Photo Nine by By François Trazzi. - François Trazzi., CC BY-SA 3.0,

9)f) Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota) ii) Alpine Europe

Photo Ten by By Gunnar Ries - Self-photographed, CC BY-SA 2.5,

10) d) Black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) iv) US great plains 

Photo Eleven by Alina Fisher / CC BY (

11). e) Vancouver Island marmot (Marmotta vancouverensis) i) Vancouver Island, Canada

Photo Twelve by © Hans Hillewaert

12) h) Cape ground squirrel (Xerus inauris) vii) Southern Africa

Photo Thirteen by By Charles J Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0,

13) a) Meerkat (Suricata suricatta) vii) Southern Africa

Photo Fourteen by By Karunakar Rayker - originally posted to Flickr as The Pika, CC BY 2.0,

14) b) Large-eared pika (Ochotona macrotis) vi) Mountain regions of Asia

Photo Fifteen by By The original uploader was Brian.gratwicke at English Wikipedia. - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY 2.5,

15) c) Rock cavy (Kerodon rupestris) v) Eastern Brazil

Photo Sixteen by By Jason Pratt - originally posted to Flickr as Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat, CC BY 2.0,

16) g) Southern hairy-nosed wombat  (Lasiorhinus latifrons) iii) Australia

So, what did you think folks? Too hard? Too easy? Too many rodents? All feedback greatly received.



9 thoughts on “Sunday Quiz – Little Critters – The Answers!

  1. Anne

    I take it you beat us all, revealing us to be ignoramuses as far as rodents are concerned. You put together an interesting collection of photographs and highlighted a gap in my knowledge. Large animals, birds, and butterflies more recently, as well as several snakes and a few gecko species and perhaps bats. I have a lot to learn!

  2. Alittlebitoutoffocus

    I’d say it was just about right. Not too easy but challenging enough, with a few ‘clues’ in the images to give you a chance to work some things out (like the Large-eared pika). Quizzes are always opportunities to learn about something new. 😊

  3. Rosalind Atkins

    I loved it! A couple that were straightforward, some which could be worked out by elimination, and the rest educated guesses – or less educated 😄 Who knew a wombat looked like that? It’s nice to ring the changes between the different kingdoms, and groupings biological and geographical. You put in an immense amount of work, and I am very grateful.

    1. Bug Woman

      Thanks, Rosalind! I loved the wombat, though I did think that he looked a little sad. I remember that when Neighbours the Aussie soap started, Jason Donovan had a pet wombat and my love affair started with them then!


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