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They look like a family, but maybe bigger
Deadly things this family can trigger
Most popular is he who likes to amuse
Quite famous with big ears and yellow shoes

Another is rather easy to be adopted
Call it smoked pork, to begin with
One member doesn't want anyone to be near
You'll get hurt, have fear!

Another member has a special talent
Who masterfully creates the base of Holland
One is known by a country and another family
Though believing them is a real folly

One is a present-long-monosyllabic word
One won an imaginary trophy, I've heard
So now, to complete the entire quiz
Can anyone tell me what this family is?

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First I thought it might be

Disney characters,

but then I turned to the idea of

fictional mice, or perhaps rodents.

(All of this comes from solving the 3rd and 4th lines, which are the easiest 'in' for this riddle.)

They look like a family, but maybe bigger

Rodentia is an order, a bigger taxonomical unit than a family.

Deadly things this family can trigger

The bubonic plague, carried by rats or rather their fleas.

Most popular is he who likes to amuse
Quite famous with big ears and yellow shoes

This is clearly Mickey Mouse.

Another is rather easy to be adopted
Call it smoked pork, to begin with

Many people have pet hamsters, and this word begins with "ham". (Thanks @GarethMcCaughan.)

One member doesn't want anyone to be near
You'll get hurt, have fear!

Porcupines, which are so spiny that nobody can come near them.

Another member has a special talent
Who masterfully creates the base of Holland

Beavers, who create dams, which are common in Holland (thanks @GarethMcCaughan).

One is known by a country and another family
Though believing them is a real folly

Guinea pigs (thanks @GarethMcCaughan).

One is a present-long-monosyllabic word

"Squirrelled" is (at least in some dialects) a long monosyllabic word, and its present tense is squirrels.

One won an imaginary trophy, I've heard

This is Beastly Gerbil, who won the Great Puzzling Trophy.

So now, to complete the entire quiz
Can anyone tell me what this family is?

The 'family', or rather order, of rodents.

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  • $\begingroup$ Good try, but not the correct answer! By the way, the first and second lines of the last stanza each means something (since each begins with "One"), so that makes 7 mentioned members. $\endgroup$ – William Nathanael Jul 13 '17 at 10:23
  • $\begingroup$ @WilliamNathanael Darn, I thought I was onto something here. Maybe it's fictional mice then? $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 13 '17 at 10:33
  • $\begingroup$ @WilliamNathanael Aha, not necessarily fictional ... edited. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 13 '17 at 11:02
  • $\begingroup$ Yep, correct! I prefer this to Gareth's answer because it's more complete. By the way, 'Squirreled' is a long monosyllabic word, and make it present tense by removing the '-ed'! (Check the link below if you are not sure) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… $\endgroup$ – William Nathanael Jul 13 '17 at 11:08
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    $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan Yeah, it's no big deal for those of you who had lots of reps already. However, it really means something for me, as I want to be an Established User! Care to upvote my question? Hehehe. $\endgroup$ – William Nathanael Jul 13 '17 at 13:53
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I think we are looking at

rodents.

They look like a family, but maybe bigger
Deadly things this family can trigger

Bubonic plague, for instance.

Most popular is he who likes to amuse
Quite famous with big ears and yellow shoes

This one might be referring to Mickey Mouse, as Rand suggests, representing mice in general. But there are some other lines that suggest mice; are there other kinds of rodent with prominent ears and yellow feet?

Another is rather easy to be adopted
Call it smoked pork, to begin with

Hamster.

One member doesn't want anyone to be near
You'll get hurt, have fear!

Puzzled by this. First line seems like mice again, but they don't particularly hurt people and we're clashing with Mickey above.

Another member has a special talent
Who masterfully creates the base of Holland

That'll be the beaver, who makes dams.

One is known by a country and another family
Though believing them is a real folly

Guinea pig. (They are not pigs, hence the second line.)

One is a present-long-monosyllabic word

Not sure. I think Canadians pronounce "squirrel" with only one syllable?

One won an imaginary trophy, I've heard

Hmm. In Alice's Adventures in Wonderland the Mouse is (I think) one of the participants in the Caucus-Race in which everyone wins, but we have at least two candidate mice above already.

So now, to complete the entire quiz
Can anyone tell me what this family is?

I still think they're the rodents, even though I am failing to make sense of some of the clues above.

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  • $\begingroup$ Nice. I was thinking along the same lines, and managed to solve a couple that you didn't; I think between us we've got everything except possibly the "present-long-monosyllabic word". $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Jul 13 '17 at 11:02

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