Dear Readers, this week is a miscellany of random animal facts for you to test your wits against. Answers in the comments by 5 p.m. UK time on Friday 10th September, and as usual, I will disappear your replies as soon as I see them, but please do write them down first if you are easily influenced by other people’s brilliance (like me :-).
So, here we go!
- What do we call a baby alpaca?
- What is the most dangerous animal in England, in terms of deaths?
- What is Britain’s fastest land mammal?
- Which four groups of animals technically belong to the Queen?
- What is a group of pheasants called?
- Owls are zygodactyl. What does that mean?
- The puffin’s scientific name is Puffinus puffinus. True or false?
- How many species of UK mammal hibernate (closest answer gets a bonus point!)
- Fieldfares and redwings migrate to the UK every year, but where from?
- Which UK thrush is named after its favourite food?
- James II paid over a thousand pounds for a pair of which birds?
- Which species of bird, first seen in the UK in 1956, is now the 7th most commonly seen species?
- What is Britain’s commonest bird of prey?
- Which is the only UK snake that lays eggs?
- The UK has only three native lizard species. Can you name them?