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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 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.

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. Note: If this is the first Slayer XP you have received, you won't receive a free enchanted gem from the Slayer masters during your first assignment and will need to pay 1gp to buy one.

North roomEdit


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

How does a lizard regulate body heat?

  • Chilli sauce
  • Fire
  • Sunlight

Who discovered how to kill lizards?

  • Admiral Bake
  • The Slayer Masters
  • The Wise Old Man

How many eyes does a lizard have?

  • Two
  • Three
  • Six

What order do lizards belong to?

  • Mammal
  • Squamata
  • Insecta

What happens when a lizard becomes cold?

  • It becomes sleepy
  • It becomes aggressive
  • It explodes

Lizard skin is made of the same substance as?

  • Hair
  • Bone
  • Wood

Battle tortoiseEdit

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

What is the name of the oldest tortoise ever recorded?

  • Healthorg
  • Mibbiwocket
  • Snookums

What is a tortoise's favourite food?

  • Sharks
  • Kebabs
  • Vegetables

Name the explorer who discovered the world's oldest tortoise.

  • Admiral Bake
  • Captain Cook
  • Ensign Chef

How does the tortoise protect itself?

  • Thick skin
  • Magic
  • Hard shell

If a tortoise had twenty rings on its shell, how old would it be?

  • Ten years
  • Twenty years
  • Sixty years

Which race breeds tortoises for battle?

  • Gnomes
  • Orks
  • Elves


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

What is considered a delicacy by dragons?

  • Adventurers
  • Runite
  • Cheese

What is the best defence against a dragon's attack?

  • Anti-dragon-breath shield
  • Rune plate
  • Cats

How long do dragons live?

  • Fifty years
  • Forever
  • Unknown

Which of these is not a type of dragon?

  • Coloured
  • Elemental
  • Ferrous

What is the favoured territory of a dragon?

  • Swamps
  • Old battle sites
  • Lumbridge Castle

Approximately how many feet tall do dragons stand?

  • Twelve
  • Six
  • Ten


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

How did the wyverns die out?

  • Climate change
  • Disease
  • Marauding adventurers

How many legs does a wyvern have?

  • Two
  • Five
  • Six

Where have wyvern bones been found?

  • Ape Atoll
  • Al Kharid
  • Asgarnia

Which genus does the wyvern theoretically belong to?

  • Invertebrates
  • Reptiles
  • Mammals

What are the wyverns' closest relations?

  • Lizards
  • Snakes
  • Dragons

What is the ambient temperature of wyvern bones?

  • Room temperature
  • Below room temperature
  • Above room temperature

East roomEdit


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

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

How do Morytanian snails capture their prey?

  • Aggressive marketing
  • Spitting acid
  • Hex them until they glow

Which of these is a snail byproduct?

  • Fireproof oil
  • A musical instrument
  • Snail-a-cola

What does 'Achatina Acidia' mean?

  • Giant acid-spitting snail
  • Acid-spitting snail
  • Giant cheese-spitting snail

How do snails move?

  • Flapping their wings
  • Contracting and stretching
  • Hopping about

What is the 'trapdoor', which snails use to cover the entrance to their shells called?

  • An operculum
  • A caldarium
  • A tavernium


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

What is snake venom adapted from?

  • Ear wax
  • Stomach acid
  • Saliva

Aside from their noses, what do snakes use to smell?

  • Tongue
  • 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

If some snakes use venom to kill their prey, what do other snakes use?

  • Fire
  • Constriction
  • Magic

Lizards and snakes belong to the same order - what is it?

  • Squamata
  • Insecta
  • Sarcopterghii

Which habitat do snakes prefer?

  • The desert
  • The ocean
  • Anywhere

Sea slugEdit

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

We assume that sea slugs have a stinging organ on their soft skin - what is it called?

  • Nematocysts
  • Hematocysts
  • Pematocysts

Why has the museum never examined a live sea slug?

  • The sea slugs are shy
  • The researchers keep vanishing
  • Sea slugs are extinct

What do we think the sea slug feeds upon?

  • Blood
  • Seaweed
  • Insects

What are the two fangs presumed to be used for?

  • Defence or display
  • Attacking prey
  • Latching on to objects

Off which coastline would you find sea slugs?

  • Karamja
  • Miscellania
  • Ardougne

In what way are sea slugs similar to snails?

  • They eat lettuce
  • They move very slowly
  • They have a hard shell


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

Which type of primates do monkeys belong to?

  • Simian
  • Hominid
  • Lagomorpha

Which have the lighter colour: Karamjan or Harmless monkeys?

  • They are the same
  • Karamjan
  • Harmless

Monkeys love bananas. What else do they like to eat?

  • Chili
  • Seaweed
  • Bitternuts

There are two known families of monkeys. One is Karamjan, the other is...?

  • Pointless
  • Harmless
  • Hairless

What colour mohawk do Karamjan monkeys have?

  • Red
  • Blue
  • Green

What have Karamjan monkeys taken a deep dislike to?

  • Seaweed
  • Chili
  • Taxes

South roomEdit

Kalphite QueenEdit

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

Kalphites are ruled by a...?

  • King
  • Pasha
  • Caliph

What is the lowest caste in kalphite society?

  • Prince
  • Soldier
  • Worker

What are the armoured plates on a kalphite called?

  • Hauberk
  • Lamellae
  • Shield

Are kalphites carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores?

  • Omnivores
  • Herbivores
  • Carnivores

What are kalphites assumed to have evolved from?

  • Scarab beetles
  • Penguins
  • Dragons

Name the prominent figure in kalphite mythology?

  • Postie Pete
  • Scabaras
  • Jorral the Historian


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

What is a terrorbird's preferred food?

  • Anything
  • Pizza
  • Vegetables

Who use terrorbirds as mounts?

  • Dwarves
  • Gnomes
  • Goblins

Where do terrorbirds get most of their water?

  • Streams and rivers
  • Licking trees
  • Eating plants

How many claws do terrorbirds have?

  • Two
  • Four
  • Six

What do terrorbirds eat to aid digestion?

  • Blurite
  • Stones
  • Paper

How many teeth do terrorbirds have?

  • 28
  • 14
  • 0

West roomEdit


Spheniscidae CallidusLatin for "Cunning Penguin" Display number 8

Which sense do penguins rely on when hunting?

  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Sight

Which skill seems unusual for the penguins to possess?

  • Planning, a reference to Cold War
  • Fishing
  • Sleeping

How do penguins keep warm?

  • A layer of fat
  • Vigorous exercise
  • Magic

What is the preferred climate for penguins?

  • Cold
  • Hot
  • Damp

Describe the behaviour of penguins?

  • Social
  • Asocial
  • Hive

When do penguins fast?

  • Just before dawn
  • During breeding
  • During the night


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

What habitat do mole prefer?

  • Subterranean
  • Any
  • Subaquatic

Why are moles considered to be an agricultural pest?

  • They dig holes
  • They eat food meant for livestock
  • They attack farmers

Who discovered giant moles?

  • Sir Tiffy Cashien
  • Ak-Haranu
  • Wyson the Gardener

What would you call a group of young moles?

  • A litter
  • A mess
  • A labour

What is a mole's favourite food?

  • Insects and other invertebrates
  • Humans and gnomes
  • Seeds and plant roots

Which family do moles belong to?

  • The Malpidae family
  • The Talpidae family
  • The Falpidae family


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

What is produced by feeding chilli to a camel?

  • An irate camel
  • Toxic dung
  • An undead bactrian

If an ugthanki has one, how many does a bactrian have?

  • One
  • Two
  • Four

Camels:herbivore, carnivore or omnivore?

  • Herbivore
  • Carnivore
  • Omnivore

What is the usual mood for a camel?

  • Annoyed
  • Bemused
  • Cheerful

Where would you find an ugthanki?

  • Al Kharid
  • Morytania
  • Nowhere

Which camel byproduct is known to be very nutritious?

  • Milk
  • Dung
  • Meat


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

What is the favoured habitat of leeches?

  • Water
  • Desert
  • Trees

What shape is the inside of a leech's mouth?

  • Star-shaped
  • 'X'-shaped
  • 'Y'-shaped

Which of these is not eaten by leeches?

  • Meat
  • Apples
  • Blood

What contributed to the giant growth of Morytanian leeches?

  • Environment
  • Healthy living
  • Magic

What is special about the Morytanian leeches?

  • They sing
  • They attack by jumping
  • They have legs

How does a leech change when it feeds?

  • It turns blue
  • It starts singing
  • It doubles in size

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