Animal Facts

Humans are the only primates that don’t have pigment in the palms of their hands.

It’s possible to lead a cow upstairs…but not downstairs.

Dogs have four toes on their hind feet, and five on their front feet.

A cockroach will live nine days without it’s head, before it starves to death.

Butterflies taste with their feet.

Elephants are the only mamals that can’t jump.

Starfish don’t have brains.

Polar bears are left handed.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

An ostrich’s eye is bigger that it’s brain.

The fingerprints of koala bears are virtually indistinguishable from those of humans, so much so that they could be confused at a crime scene.

Snails can sleep for 3 years without eating

Porcupines float in water.

Armadillos are the only animal besides humans that can get leprosy.

Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

A male emperor moth can smell a female emperor moth up to 7 miles away.

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into to shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode.

If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die; they need gravity to swallow.

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

Certain frogs can be frozen solid, then thawed, and survive.

Cat’s urine glows under a black light.

A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.

A rat can last longer without water than a camel.

To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaws, push your thumbs into its eyeballs – it will let you go instantly.

A crocodile can’t stick it’s tongue out.

A shrimp’s heart is in it’s head.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

Rats and horses can’t vomit.

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.

Most lipstick contains fish scales.

A crocodile can’t move its tongue and cannot chew. Its digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail.

Rats breed so quickly that in just 18 months, 2 rats could have created over 1 million relatives.

The blue whale can produce the loudest sound of any animal. At 188 decibels, the noise can be detected over 800 kilometres away.

Horses and cows sleep while standing up.

Giant Arctic jellyfish have tentacles that can reach over 36 metres in length.

Locusts have leg muscles that are about 1000 times more powerful than an equal weight of human muscle.

Hummingbirds are so agile and have such good control that they can fly backwards.

Instead of bones, sharks have a skeleton made from cartilage.

Insects such as bees, mosquitoes and cicadas make noise by rapidly moving their wings.

The horn of a rhinoceros is made from compacted hair rather than bone or another substance.

Sharks lay the biggest eggs in the world.

Even when a snake has its eyes closed, it can still see through its eyelids.

Unlike humans, sheep have four stomachs, each one helps them digest the food they eat.

Despite the white, fluffy appearance of Polar Bears fur, it actually has black skin.

As well as being a famous Looney Tunes character, the Tasmanian Devil is a real animal that is only found in the wild in Tasmania, Australia. It is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world.

The average housefly only lives for 2 or 3 weeks.

Mosquitoes can be annoying insects but did you know that it’s only the female mosquito that actually bites humans.

Cats use their whiskers to check whether a space is too small for them to fit through or not.

There are presently over a million animal species upon planet earth. 

The reptiles have 6,000 species crawling in their habitats; and more are discovered each year. 

There are over 70,000 types of spiders spinning their webs in the world. 

Well, there are 3,000 kinds of lice. Yes, it is the lice we are prone to get due to lack of hair hygiene. 

This is a mind-boggling fact – for each of the 600 million people there is about 200 million insects crawling, flying… 

Mammals are the only creatures that have flaps around their ears. 

The world has approximately one billion cattle, of which about 200 million belong to India. 

The life of a housefly is only 14 days. 

A dog was the first animal to up in space. 

A sheep, a duck and a rooster were the first animals to fly in a hot air balloon. The oldest breed of a dog known to mankind is the ‘Saluki’. 

An ostrich is the fastest bird and can run up to 70 km/h. 

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

There are crabs that are the size of a pea. There are known as ‘Pea Crabs’. 

The lifespan of 75 percent of wild birds is 6 months. 

Denmark has twice as many pigs as there are people. 

You do not need cotton buds to clean a giraffe ears. It can do so with its own 50cm-tongue. 

Want to known the appetite of a South American Giant Anteater? Well it eats over 30,000 ants, per day. 

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

The Sea Horse is the slowest fish, drifting at approximately 0.016 km/h. 

The small car on the road is probably the size of the heart of a blue whale. 

The length of an elephant is the same as the tongue of a blue whale. 

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

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