Do you, like me, struggle to make your friends and family aware of the wonders of the amphibian world? Or are you perhaps not convinced yourself?
Just in time for the end of dry January, we provide you with a full set of amphibian related questions to fit into your next pub quiz. Entertainment guaranteed.
The number of people studying caecilians worldwide (huge worm-like amphibians) could fit into:
- 1. A standard pizza hut
- 2. The pope’s private prayer room
- 3. A hot tub
African clawed toads were once used as:
- 1. A natural remedy against hiccups
- 2. Pregnancy tests
- 3. Smugglers of cigarettes between prison cells
When Argentine horned frog tadpoles are approached by cannibalistic tadpoles, they:
- 1. Turn around very quickly, slapping the attacker’s face with their tails
- 2. Scream at the top of their lungs, producing a metallic noise
- 3. Puff themselves up to double their natural size
What is the 4th biggest threat to amphibians?
- 1. Climate change
- 2. Human consumption
- 3. A fungus and other diseases
If you see a dancing frog, it’s likely to be:
- 1. Waving his leg back and forth to attract a mate
- 2. Jumping in circles to mark his territory
- 3. Rolling around in self defence
Researchers in Switzerland:
- 1. Are growing frog meat from stem cells in a lab, to be sold to experimental restaurants
- 2. Produced a salamander-like robot to spy on other animals
- 3. Have microchipped tree frogs and can now control their movements
Poison dart frog parents:
- 1. Surround their nests with a poisonous liquid that kill any intruders as large as parrots
- 2. Kiss their froglets every morning to increase their poison levels.
- 3. Carry their tadpoles the tree canopy where they develop in little ponds in plant leaves.
Which of the following species of frogs does not exist?
- 1. Prince Charles frog (Hyloscirtus princecharlesi)
- 2. (Mercurana myristicapalustris) named after Freddie Mercury
- 3. (Dendrobates beckhami) named after David Beckham
In October 2007, an Australian green tree frog was photographed eating:
- 1. Vegemite
- 2. A small snake
- 3. A pair of mating butterflies
Until a Darwin’s frog’s tadpoles have grown into fully formed froglets, he hides them:
- 1. In a pouch on his belly
- 2. In his mouth
- 3. Underground
A group of frogs is called:
- 1. A gang
- 2. A pack
- 3. An army
Newts can regenerate:
- 1. Their hearts
- 2. Their eyes
- 3. Both
A Word copy of the quiz is available here: 10 best amphibian facts for your Christmas pub quiz and a cheat sheet is available here: 10 best amphibian facts for your Christmas pub quiz cheat sheet.
Thank you very much for quizzing with us.
Periah peak caecilian (Gegeneophis carnosus) taken by Dr K.P. Dinesh, taken with permission from http://www.arkive.org/periah-peak-caecilian/gegeneophis-carnosus/