New Mexico's Pet Resource WINTER 2003


How much do you know about animals? Test your knowledge with these questions. Answers at bottom.

1. We have special collective words for groups of animals. We say a covey of quail, a school of fish, and a gaggle of geese. We use the same word for a group of both greyhounds and foxes. Which of these is it? A pride, a leash, a swarm, a crash, or a gang?   ANSWER

2. Where did the Morgan horse get its name?   ANSWER

3. What is catnip? Is it a meaningless term for different herbs or a specific and real thing?   ANSWER

4. A human who uses his foot to scratch his neck, pants a lot, howls at noises in the night, and turns around three times before lying down would be called a: rananthropist, galeanthropist, cynanthropist, or a boanthropist?   ANSWER

5. When hiking along a trail what should you do when you come upon a rattlesnake?   ANSWER


1. We say a pride of lions, a swarm of bees, a crash of rhinoceri, and a gang of elk. But it is a leash of greyhounds and a leash of foxes.   BACK

2. Foaled in 1790 in Massachusetts, this mixed breed was named after its second owner, Thomas Justin Morgan. Now recognized as a breed of national importance, the Morgan is noted for its versatility, speed and endurance.   BACK

3. The scientific name for the kind of mint we humans call catnip is Nepeta cataria, and if you're a cat it's definitely a very real thing. All felines, including cats from habitats where N. cataria does not naturally exist, will experience physiological changes when exposed to the volatiles released by crushed catnip leaves - increased heart rate, and the urge to frisk or scamper. When it comes to catnip, fresher is better, but you have to be a cat (or a serious galeanthropist) to truly appreciate it.   BACK

4. A rananthropist is a person who believes (s)he is a toad. A galeanthropist, a cat. A boanthropist, a bovine. Our canine-imitating friend would be called delusional and a cynanthropist.   BACK

5. Don't panic. You are not their food, and the snake would rather not have anything to do with you. The rattlesnake's first line of defense is to remain still and silent until the threat passes. Snakes are extremely shy and will try to avoid human contact. If you hear the rattle and the hiss it means you've gotten too close. Stand back at least ten feet and observe it or walk away. Once the snake realizes it is not immediately threatened it will leave the area.   BACK

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