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Animals Facts

A penguin swims at a speed of approximately 15 miles per hour (24 kilometers per hour).

The majority of cats do not have eye lashes.

The trunk of an elephant can hold up to two gallons (7.6 liters) of water.

The sea horse is the slowest fish, drifting at approximately 0.016 km/h.

When thirsty, a camel can swing down 25 gallons (95 liters approx) of water in less than three minutes.

Due to ocean’s natural ‘momentum’ salt water fish can’t swim backwards.

The animal with the largest brain in proportion to its size is the ant.

Corals take a long time to grow. Some corals only grow one centimeter in one year.

The sailfish can swim at the speed of 109 km/h, making is the fastest swimmer.

As ostrich has a 46-feet-long small intestine.

Never get a camel angry, for he or she will spit at you.

The crocodile’s tongue is unmovable as it is attached to the roof of its mouth.

Polar bears can eat as much as ten percent of their body weight in less than one hour.

Leopards are said to be seven times stronger than human beings.

The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but not fly. It is also the only bird that walks upright.

A baby caribou is so swift, it can easily outrun its mother when it is only three says old.

Mosquitoes are attracted to the color blue twice as much as to any other color.

The process of a snake shedding its skin or a crustacean casting off its outer shell is called ecdysis.

The Kakapo (owl parrot) can’t fly, and builds its nest under the roots.

An average city dog lives approximately three years longer than an average country dog.

The giant African snail grows over a foot in length and weighs more than a pound (0.5 kg approximately).

Giant flying foxes, a species of bats found in Indonesia, have wingspan of nearly six feet.

Mosquito repellents don’t repel. They hide you. They spray blocks the mosquito’s sensors so that they don’t know you’re there.

A honey bee has to gather pollen from two million flowers to make one pound of honey.

A baby grey whale drinks enough milk to fill more than 2,000 bottles day.

Cows do not have any upper front teeth. Instead they have a thick pad on the top jaw.

The fastest moving land snake is the black mamba, which can move up to 7 miles per hour (11 kms per hour approx).

It is estimated that a single toad may catch and eat as many as 10,000 insects in the course of a summer.

An average bee hive has 30,000 to 60,000 bees living in it. This population is easily maintained by a queen laying 1,000 to 3,000 eggs per day.

A butterfly’s taste sensors are located on its soles.

A butterfly has to have a body temperature greater than 86 degrees to be able to fly.

Ducks’ feet have no nerves or blood vessels. This means duck never feel the cold, even if they swim in icy cold water.

There are more than 2,400 flea species in the world.

The brain of an ant has about 2,50,000 brain cells.

The hippopotamus’ skin is protected by its own pink oily secretion known as “pink sweat”.

Leopards can leap 20 feet (6 meters) and jump 10 feet (3 meters) straight into the air.

An octopus will eat its own arms if it gets really hungry.

A housefly can ingest only liquid food.

The hump of a camel can weigh up to 35 kilograms.

The male and female African elephants both have tusks.

A baby octopus is about the size of a flea when it is born.

When a porcupine is born, its quills are soft and mostly white, but harden within hours.

The only wild camels in the world are in Australia.

A horse is a member of the ‘equus’ family. This word comes from ancient Greece and means quickness.

The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump.

A chameleon’s tongue is as long as its body and head can shoot it out as fast as sixteen feet per second.

There are over 1800 known species of fleas.

One female mouse can produce up to 100 babies a year.

Sheep can survive for up to two weeks buried in snow drift.

A group of crows is called a murder.

When fully grown, an ostrich has one of the most advance immune systems known to mankind.

A crocodile can run at a speed of 11 miles per hour (17.7 kilometers per hour).

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A leech has 32 brains.

Spider usually have eight eyes, but still they cannot see that well.

The ocean sunfish can produce thirty million eggs at once.

The word ‘hippopotamus’ comes from the Greek word for river horse.

The anteater has no jaws or teeth.

The horned toad can shoot blood out of its eyes.

Turtles can breathe through their butts.

A giraffe was called a camelopard in ancient times since people thought it was a mix between a camel and a leopard.

The skeleton of a spider is located on the outside of the body and is called exoskeleton.

Polar bears are excellent swimmers. They have been known to swim more than 60 miles without a rest.

Pandas are born pink and hairless. They grow fur and develop their black and white coloring in about a month.

Dolphins hear by having sound waves transmit through their skull to their inner ear.

Goats do not have upper front teeth.

The snail’s reproductive organs are in its head.

The giraffe is able to clean its ear with its own tongue.

The chicken loses its feathers when it becomes stressed.

Catfish have taste buds located on their whiskers.

Scallops have approximately 100 eyes around the edge of its shell.

Bats emit ultrasonic sounds to communicate with each other.

Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostrates.

The first known contraceptive was crocodile ding used by Egyptians in 2000 BC.

Humming birds have split tongues which they fold into a tube when feeding.

Beluga whales are born grey, but by the age of six, become completely white.

Humpback whales can live for as long as 95 years.

Gaboon Viper is the snake with the longest fangs that are almost two inches long.

A rabbit’s teeth never stop growing. They are kept worn down by gnawing on food.

The capybara is the world’s largest rodent. It can weigh more than 100 pounds (45 Kilograms approximately).

The only lizard that has a voice is the Gecko.

An alligator has about 80 teeth in its mouth at one time.

Some dolphins sleep with one eye open.

Sharks have upper and lower eyelids, but they do not blink.

The vampire bat has fewer teeth than other bats because it doesn’t chew food.

A butterfly’s taste sensors are located below their feet.

Gorillas have unique nose prints just as humans have unique fingerprints.

The bones of a pigeon weigh less than its feathers.

An elephant’s tooth can weigh as much as three kilograms.

Adult cats are lactose intolerant as their bodies do not produce enough lactase enzymes that helps digest milk.

Cattle can produce up to 180 liters of saliva in one day.

Sharks can survive without food for up to six weeks.

Insect do not make noises with their voices. The noise of bees, mosquitoes and other buzzing insects is caused by them rapidly moving their wings.

Squids move through the ocean using a jet of water forced out of the body by a siphon.

Sheep can survive for up to two weeks buried in snow drifts.

Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.

Spiders have organs for spinning silk, known as spinnerets.

The Clouded Leopard has the longest canines amongst cat species.

The hydra, related to the jellyfish, can re-grow its body in a couple of days, if it’s cut in half.

Mules have one horse and one donkey for a parent.

The name ‘leopard’ comes from the Greek works for lion (Leo) and panther (Pardos).

Dolphins hear by transmitting sound waves through their skull to their inner ear region.

Desert snails can stay in their shell for up to three years.

If a lobster loses an eye or a claw, it can grow a new one.

A group of tigers is called a streak.

An Orca whale can hold its breath for up to 15 minutes.

A worm has no eyes at all.

Sharks can sense a drop of blood from a mile away.

A baby kangaroo is called a joey.

The original name for the butterfly was “Flutterby”.

Rats can survive for up to 14 days without food.

The only species of turtle that lives in open ocean is the sea turtle.

The tuatara lizard of New Zealand has three eyes, two in the center of its head and one on the top of its head.

A chicken loses its feathers when it becomes stressed.

Octopus blood is light blue in color.

The Australian box-jellyfish has eight eyes.

Snake venom is 90 percent protein.

Lizards use their tongues as sense organs.

Reptiles do not perspire and do not have any oil glands.

Foxes can hold up to one kilogram of flesh in their stomachs.

For self-defence, a cobra spits its venom into the eyes of its enemy.

Despite the size of its ears, an elephant’s hearing is poor.

A shark’s teeth are usually replaced every eight days.

Guinea pigs and rabbits can’t sweat.

Centipedes always have an uneven pair of legs.

Cows can mimic sounds made by other birds and animals.

Sloths take two weeks to digest their food.

An adult blue whale’s heart beat only about 5-6 times a minute.

An octopus can protect itself temporarily by blinding its attacker by squirting ink at it.

A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.

Octopuses are deaf, but have excellent eyesight.

The largest dog in the world is the Irish Wolfhound.

A baby giraffe is about six feet tall at birth.

It takes about 50 hours for a snake to digest one frog.

Snail eats with a rasping mouth which has thousands of teeth.

Dogs’ sweat glands are found between their toes.

A rabbit cannot vomit.

A wood pecker can peak twenty times in a second.

Cats can sleep for up to 16 hours a day.

Mocking birds can imitate sounds of other birds.

Bats always turn left when exiting a cave.

The dragonfly has not changed over the last 300 million years.

Among other well-known names, a group of fish can also be called a draught.

A blue whale’s tongue is so large that fifty people could stand on it.

Snails can sleep for 3 year without eating.

Snails eat with a rasping mouth which has thousands of teeth.

Armadillos can walk underwater.

The dromedary camel can drink as much as 100 liters of water in just 10 minutes.

Some moths and butterflies can detect sweetness when the ratio is 1 to 300,000.

Roaches can live without food for a month but will only survive a week without water.

The largest living organism ever found is a honey mushroom, Armillaria Ostogae. It covers 3.4 square miles of land in the blue mountains of eastern Oregon, and it’s still growing.

Approximately 50% of all organisms have fractured bones, a result of falling off from trees on a regular basis.

A honeybee kills more people each year worldwide than all the venomous snakes combined.

Some toads make themselves look bigger in self-defence. It stands on tiptoes; take a deep breath and puffs up its whole body.

A flea can jump up to eight inches.

A cat can run about 20 kilometers per hour (12 miles per hour) when it grows up.

The sloth (a mammal) moves so slowly that green algae can grow undisturbed on its fur.

A swan has up to 25,000 feathers but a humming bird has the fewest feathers of all birds – only about 1,000 feathers.

Moths are not really attracted to light. Moths fly towards the blackest point which is behind the light.

A porcupine heart beats around 190 times per minute, which reduces to around 20 during hibernation.

Kolas sleep up to 19 hours a day. They get fluids from eucalyptus leaves they eat.

Giraffe’s are the only animals born with Horns. Both males and females are born with bony knobs on the forehead.

Some birds have been known to put ants into their feathers because the ants squirt formic acid, which kills parasites.

Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.

Wolf spiders biologically known as Lycosa Godefforyoi is the most common spider found in the gardens and homes. The wolf spiders got their name from wolves because they catch the pray the same way. They do not make a web for themselves and live on the ground.

Just like fingerprints, every cat’s nose pad is different.

An adult flea can only survive form one to four days but the pupae and larvae can be around for over three months.

Wolf spiders biologically known as Lycosa Godefforyoi is the most common spider found in the gardens and homes. The wolf spiders got their name from wolves because they catch the pray the same way. They do not make a web for themselves and live on the ground.

The inner coat of a polar bear is black, and helps it absorb sun-light to keep itself warn in the cold conditions that it lives in.

A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

The fastest bird in the world is the Peregrine Falcon, which can cross the speed of 200 miles per hour (322 kilometers per hour approx).

A snail can sleep for 3 years.