Natural history quiz

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The natural history quiz is the basement section of the Varrock Museum miniquest. It consists of 14 creature displays in which the player must answer 3 questions correctly in order to earn 2 kudos each for a total of 28.

Each of the rooms has a Natural historian who will give a lecture about each creature for which the quiz is based on.

To start the quiz, speak to Orlando Smith, who is located on the basement floor in the centre of the room. Click on the plaque in front of a display to get a question. After answering 3 questions correctly, the quiz questions are replaced by the common name and scientific name of the animal.

Most of the answers are straightforward, and as you only need to get three correct a good approach is simply to have a go at the quiz. However all the answers are contained in the Natural historians' lectures and the sections of this article.

Orlando's message:

  • Correct: Nice job, mate. That looks about right.
  • Wrong: Hmm, I don't think that's right, mate. Try again.
  • Finished: Bonza, mate! I think that's all of them.
    • Note: After finishing the quiz for each display, the questions will no longer be available.
  • "This looks like some sort of quiz. I wonder if I can take part..." Getting this message means the player needs to talk to Orlando first.'

Once all questions are complete, speak to Orlando again to receive 1000 XP in both Hunter and Slayer. If this is the first Slayer experience you have received, you won't receive a free enchanted gem from the Slayer masters during your first assignment and will need to pay one coin for it instead.

North room[edit | edit source]

Lizard[edit | edit source]

Lacertilia Giganteus, Latin for "Giant lizard" Display number 4

Question Answer
How does a lizard regulate body heat?
  • Chilli sauce
  • Fire
  • Sunlight Yes check.svg
Who discovered how to kill lizards?
  • Admiral Bake
  • The Slayer Masters Yes check.svg
  • The Wise Old Man
How many eyes does a lizard have?
  • Two
  • Three Yes check.svg
  • Six
What order do lizards belong to?
  • Mammal
  • Squamata Yes check.svg
  • Insecta
What happens when a lizard becomes cold?
  • It becomes sleepy Yes check.svg
  • It becomes aggressive
  • It explodes
Lizard skin is made of the same substance as?
  • Hair Yes check.svg
  • Bone
  • Wood

Battle tortoise[edit | edit source]

Testudines Giganteus, Latin for "Giant tortoise" Display number 3

Question Answer
What is the name of the oldest tortoise ever recorded?
  • Healthorg
  • Mibbiwocket Yes check.svg
  • Snookums
What is a tortoise's favourite food?
  • Sharks
  • Kebabs
  • Vegetables Yes check.svg
Name the explorer who discovered the world's oldest tortoise.
  • Admiral Bake Yes check.svg
  • Captain Cook
  • Ensign Chef
How does the tortoise protect itself?
  • Thick skin
  • Magic
  • Hard shell Yes check.svg
If a tortoise had twenty rings on its shell, how old would it be?
  • Ten years
  • Twenty years Yes check.svg
  • Sixty years
Which race breeds tortoises for battle?
  • Gnomes Yes check.svg
  • Orks
  • Elves

Dragon[edit | edit source]

"Draconis Rex", Latin for "king dragon" Display number 1

Question Answer
What is considered a delicacy by dragons?
  • Adventurers
  • Runite Yes check.svg
  • Cheese
What is the best defence against a dragon's attack?
  • Anti-dragon-breath shield Yes check.svg
  • Rune plate
  • Cats
How long do dragons live?
  • Fifty years
  • Forever
  • Unknown Yes check.svg
Which of these is not a type of dragon?
  • Coloured
  • Elemental Yes check.svg
  • Ferrous
What is the favoured territory of a dragon?
  • Swamps
  • Old battle sites Yes check.svg
  • Lumbridge Castle
Approximately how many feet tall do dragons stand?
  • Twelve Yes check.svg
  • Six
  • Ten

Wyvern[edit | edit source]

Draconis Ossis, Latin for "bone dragon" Display number 2

Question Answer
How did the wyverns die out?
  • Climate change Yes check.svg
  • Disease
  • Marauding adventurers
How many legs does a wyvern have?
  • Two Yes check.svg
  • Five
  • Six
Where have wyvern bones been found?
  • Ape Atoll
  • Al Kharid
  • Asgarnia Yes check.svg
Which genus does the wyvern theoretically belong to?
  • Invertebrates
  • Reptiles Yes check.svg
  • Mammals
What are the wyverns' closest relations?
  • Lizards
  • Snakes
  • Dragons Yes check.svg
What is the ambient temperature of wyvern bones?
  • Room temperature
  • Below room temperature Yes check.svg
  • Above room temperature

East room[edit | edit source]

Snail[edit | edit source]

Giant Snail (Achatina Acidia Giganteus), Latin for "giant acid snail" Display number 14

Question Answer
What is special about the shell of the giant Morytanian snail?
  • It glows in the dark
  • It is very tasty
  • It is resistant to acid Yes check.svg
How do Morytanian snails capture their prey?
  • Aggressive marketing
  • Spitting acid Yes check.svg
  • Hex them until they glow
Which of these is a snail byproduct?
  • Fireproof oil Yes check.svg
  • A musical instrument
  • Snail-a-cola
What does 'Achatina Acidia' mean?
  • Giant acid-spitting snail
  • Acid-spitting snail Yes check.svg
  • Giant cheese-spitting snail
How do snails move?
  • Flapping their wings
  • Contracting and stretching Yes check.svg
  • Hopping about
What is the 'trapdoor', which snails use to cover the entrance to their shells called?
  • An operculum Yes check.svg
  • A caldarium
  • A tavernium

Snake[edit | edit source]

Serpentes Fellis, Latin for 'serpent gallbladder' Display number 13

Question Answer
What is snake venom adapted from?
  • Ear wax
  • Stomach acid Yes check.svg
  • Saliva
Aside from their noses, what do snakes use to smell?
  • Tongue Yes check.svg
  • Eyes
  • Ears
If a snake sticks its tongue out at you, what is it doing?
  • Being rude
  • Seeing how you taste
  • Seeing how you smell Yes check.svg
If some snakes use venom to kill their prey, what do other snakes use?
  • Fire
  • Constriction Yes check.svg
  • Magic
Lizards and snakes belong to the same order - what is it?
  • Squamata Yes check.svg
  • Insecta
  • Sarcopterghii
Which habitat do snakes prefer?
  • The desert
  • The ocean
  • Anywhere Yes check.svg

Sea slug[edit | edit source]

Opisthobranchia Alucinor, literally "Behind gill dream" Display number 12

Question Answer
We assume that sea slugs have a stinging organ on their soft skin - what is it called?
  • Nematocysts Yes check.svg
  • Hematocysts
  • Pematocysts
Why has the museum never examined a live sea slug?
  • The sea slugs are shy
  • The researchers keep vanishing Yes check.svg
  • Sea slugs are extinct
What do we think the sea slug feeds upon?
  • Blood
  • Seaweed Yes check.svg
  • Insects
What are the two fangs presumed to be used for?
  • Defence or display Yes check.svg
  • Attacking prey
  • Latching on to objects
Off of which coastline would you find sea slugs?
  • Karamja
  • Miscellania
  • Ardougne Yes check.svg
In what way are sea slugs similar to snails?
  • They eat lettuce
  • They move very slowly
  • They have a hard shell Yes check.svg

Monkey[edit | edit source]

Simiiformes Karamjan, Latin for "Karamjan primate" Display number 11

Question Answer
Which type of primates do monkeys belong to?
  • Simian Yes check.svg
  • Hominid
  • Lagomorpha
Which have the lighter colour: Karamjan or Harmless monkeys?
  • They are the same
  • Karamjan
  • Harmless Yes check.svg
Monkeys love bananas. What else do they like to eat?
  • Chili
  • Seaweed
  • Bitternuts Yes check.svg
There are two known families of monkeys. One is Karamjan, the other is...?
  • Pointless
  • Harmless Yes check.svg
  • Hairless
What colour mohawk do Karamjan monkeys have?
  • Red Yes check.svg
  • Blue
  • Green
What have Karamjan monkeys taken a deep dislike to?
  • Seaweed Yes check.svg
  • Chili
  • Taxes

South room[edit | edit source]

Kalphite Queen[edit | edit source]

Kalphiscarabeinae Pasha, Latin for 'kalphite-scarab', 'Pasha' is an Ottoman rank corresponding to 'Lord' Display number 10

Question Answer
Kalphites are ruled by a...?
  • King
  • Pasha Yes check.svg
  • Caliph
What is the lowest caste in kalphite society?
  • Prince
  • Soldier
  • Worker Yes check.svg
What are the armoured plates on a kalphite called?
  • Hauberk
  • Lamellae Yes check.svg
  • Shield
Are kalphites carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores?
  • Omnivores
  • Herbivores
  • Carnivores Yes check.svg
What are kalphites assumed to have evolved from?
  • Scarab beetles Yes check.svg
  • Penguins
  • Dragons
Name the prominent figure in kalphite mythology?
  • Postie Pete
  • Scabaras Yes check.svg
  • Jorral the Historian

Terrorbird[edit | edit source]

Aves Terror literally 'Bird terror', correctly translated as Aves Formidonis Display number 9

Question Answer
What is a terrorbird's preferred food?
  • Anything Yes check.svg
  • Pizza
  • Vegetables
Who use terrorbirds as mounts?
  • Dwarves
  • Gnomes Yes check.svg
  • Goblins
Where do terrorbirds get most of their water?
  • Streams and rivers
  • Licking trees
  • Eating plants Yes check.svg
How many claws do terrorbirds have?
  • Two
  • Four Yes check.svg
  • Six
What do terrorbirds eat to aid digestion?
  • Blurite
  • Stones Yes check.svg
  • Paper
How many teeth do terrorbirds have?
  • 28
  • 14
  • 0 Yes check.svg

West room[edit | edit source]

Penguin[edit | edit source]

Spheniscidae Callidus, Latin for "Cunning Penguin" Display number 8

Question Answer
Which sense do penguins rely on when hunting?
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Sight Yes check.svg
Which skill seems unusual for the penguins to possess?
  • Planning Yes check.svg
  • Fishing
  • Sleeping
How do penguins keep warm?
  • A layer of fat Yes check.svg
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Magic
What is the preferred climate for penguins?
  • Cold Yes check.svg
  • Hot
  • Damp
Describe the behaviour of penguins?
  • Social Yes check.svg
  • Asocial
  • Hive
When do penguins fast?
  • Just before dawn
  • During breeding Yes check.svg
  • During the night

Mole[edit | edit source]

Giant Mole (Talpidae Wysonian, Latin for 'Mole of Wyson') Display number 7

Question Answer
What habitat do moles prefer?
  • Subterranean Yes check.svg
  • Any
  • Subaquatic
Why are moles considered to be an agricultural pest?
  • They dig holes Yes check.svg
  • They eat food meant for livestock
  • They attack farmers
Who discovered giant moles?
  • Sir Tiffy Cashien
  • Ak-Haranu
  • Wyson the Gardener Yes check.svg
What would you call a group of young moles?
  • A litter
  • A mess
  • A labour Yes check.svg
What is a mole's favourite food?
  • Insects and other invertebrates Yes check.svg
  • Humans and gnomes
  • Seeds and plant roots
Which family do moles belong to?
  • The Malpidae family
  • The Talpidae family Yes check.svg
  • The Falpidae family

Camel[edit | edit source]

Camelus Bactrian, (Latin for "Bactrian camel") Display number 6

Question Answer
What is produced by feeding chilli to a camel?
  • An irate camel
  • Toxic dung Yes check.svg
  • An undead bactrian
If an ugthanki has one, how many does a bactrian have?
  • One
  • Two Yes check.svg
  • Four
Camels:herbivore, carnivore or omnivore?
  • Herbivore
  • Carnivore
  • Omnivore Yes check.svg
What is the usual mood for a camel?
  • Annoyed Yes check.svg
  • Bemused
  • Cheerful
Where would you find an ugthanki?
  • Al Kharid Yes check.svg
  • Morytania
  • Nowhere
Which camel byproduct is known to be very nutritious?
  • Milk Yes check.svg
  • Dung
  • Meat

Leech[edit | edit source]

Giant Leech (Hirudinea Acidia, Latin for "Sharp") Display number 5

Question Answer
What is the favoured habitat of leeches?
  • Water Yes check.svg
  • Desert
  • Trees
What shape is the inside of a leech's mouth?
  • Star-shaped
  • 'X'-shaped
  • 'Y'-shaped Yes check.svg
Which of these is not eaten by leeches?
  • Meat
  • Apples Yes check.svg
  • Blood
What contributed to the giant growth of Morytanian leeches?
  • Environment Yes check.svg
  • Healthy living
  • Magic
What is special about the Morytanian leeches?
  • They sing
  • They attack by jumping Yes check.svg
  • They have legs
How does a leech change when it feeds?
  • It turns blue
  • It starts singing
  • It doubles in size Yes check.svg