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What are some interesting facts you know about animals?
After writing a few answers on specific animals I thought it would be fun to write an answer on the animal kingdom as a whole.
Enjoy these facts and images and hopefully you will learn at least one new thing about wildlife. (If the answer gets too long you can always bookmark to finish later :)) 1.
The tiger’s roar has the powerful ability to momentarily paralyze humans.
It is thought that the low frequencies of the sound are what cause this strange effect. “Bro I swear I didn't call your mamma fat!” (Credit: Marion Voilborn) 2.
Snow leopards are very timid when compared to other big cats to the point where they usually give up food to other predators without a fight.
They also avoid humans at all costs even switching to hunting at night just to stay clear of people.
As a result, attacks by snow leopards on humans are practically unheard of. 3.
Over 96% of the animal kingdom is made up of invertebrates.
The remaining 4% includes mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians. 4.
Scientists have found certain groups of gorillas have developed localized communication similar to human slang. “Yo dawg! What’s good?” (Credit: Source) 5.
Only male peafowl are called peacocks.
Females are called peahens. 6.
Dragonflies and damselflies form a heart with their tails when they mate. “It must be true love.” (Credit: Source) 7.
Baby elephants have been known to suck their trunks for comfort. 8.
Sea otters often hold hands while they sleep so they don’t drift apart in the current. 9.
Surprisingly, elephant shrews are more closely related to elephants than shrews, despite their shrew like appearance. 10.
Killer whales are smart predators and use a variety of strategies to hunt prey.
If a seal is resting on an iceberg they will form waves with their tails to knock it off.
If a sea lion pup is resting on the beach it will intentionally beach itself to catch one.
These are just some of the strategies that make orcas the apex predators of the world’s oceans. “Run guys! It’s a sea panda!” (Credit: The source of this one was a bit weird so I didn't post.) 11.
Flamingos are naturally white.
Their diet of shrimp and algae is what gives them a pink feather colouring. 12.
Alberta, Canada (My native province) is the largest rat-free populated area in the world. 13.
The eggs of a red-eyed tree frog can hatch early if they sense approaching danger. 14.
Blue jays mimic the calls of hawks to scare away other rival birds. 15.
What makes Yellowstone national park so special is the fact that it is the only place in the world where bison have continuously lived since prehistoric times.
Sadly, bison are allowed to be killed if they wander outside the park while elk are still protected. “Fun fact! Bison have been reintroduced to Banff national park after many years of their absence.” (Credit: Dan Ralla) 16.
In the UK, the British monarchy legally owns all unmarked mute swans that are in open water.
Why open water? I don't know. 17.
All clown fish are born male but some turn female later in their lives to allow for mating. 18.
Moray eels have a second set of jaws that extend from their throat.
This second “mouth” is used to grab struggling prey and drag it further down the predator’s gullet. “I have a second set of jaws.
Eel with it!” (Credit: The source of this one was a bit weird so I didn't post.) 19.
Anteaters don’t have teeth.
Honestly, they don’t really need them considering they eat tiny insects. 20.
Male ring-tailed lemurs will “stink” fight by wafting scent at each other.
The fight begins when the two lemurs wave their tails at their opponent, spreading their scent.
The first lemur to back down loses. “My stench is enough to drop em dead!” (Credit: Source ) 21.
Lynx have large feet that allow them to run through deep snow with ease.
This helps when chasing swift prey like the snowshoe hare. 22.
In 1924 a Labrador retriever named “Pep” was sentenced to life without parole at eastern state penitentiary for killing the governor’s cat. 23.
In an aquatic traffic jam, alligators seem to give manatees the right of way.
A manatee will nudge a gator and the reptile will move out of the way, letting the mammal pass. “Or sometimes the gators just ride em!” (Credit: David Schrichte) 24.
Nine-banded armadillos seem to almost always give birth to identical quadruplets. 25.
Cats can’t usually taste sugar as their sweet taste buds aren’t very reactive. 26.
Pronghorns are the second fastest animals on land and can sprint at a top speed of 85 km/h.
In a long distance race this animal can run at 53 km/h for around 32 kilometers.
In comparison the fastest land animal, the cheetah can only keep up its speed for a few hundred meters. “That cheetah’s a cheat.
He can only run faster than me for a few seconds!!!” (Credit: Source) 27.
African wild dogs are the most successful large predators, with them succeeding in around 60–90% of hunts.
The most successful hunter is the dragonfly which completes 95% of hunts. 28.
Birds are not irritated by the chemical in peppers that is “hot” to us humans.
Birds will often eat more “hot” foods as it makes them less appealing to predators. 29.
The tusks of narwhals are actually inside out teeth that are highly sensitive on the outside and very durable. “Narwhals Narwhals swimming in the ocean, causing a commotion!” (Credit: Source) 30.
Caribbean sperm whales have their own regional accent when they communicate. 31.
Bald eagles make such silly sounds that Hollywood dubs their voices.
When eagles appear in media the sound of another bird (usually the red-tailed hawk) is often used to make them sound mightier. 32.
The sand tiger shark may be equipped with one nasty looking pair of barbed jaws but they are designed so that this fish can’t fatally injure a human. “Well Sandro its Monday morning and you know what that means….off to the office…..aaggaaaiiinnn!!!!” (Credit: Source) 33.
Female bats give birth while hanging upside down and as a result they catch the baby in their wings when it drops. 34.
Toucan curl into small little balls when they sleep. 35.
Horses are distantly related to tapirs and rhinoceros.
Just look at this picture of an early rhino and you can see why. “Hyrachyus also known as the primitive rhino.” (Credit: Source) 36.
Lions once lived across Europe before they were hunted to extinction in the region around 100 BCE. 37.
Male platypus have venomous spurs.
They definitely wouldn’t make as good a pet as the show Phineas and Ferb would have you believe. 38.
A snail can sleep for around 3 years if the weather conditions worsen to the point where they have to. 39.
The woolly bear caterpillar hibernates through many winters in the cold arctic, eating every summer to prepare for metamorphosis.
It can take up to 3 years but finally this caterpillar will transform into a moth and fly away. (Credit: Source) 40.
Elephants are the only animals that can’t jump.
They also have the inability to trot or gallop. “Well I can still catch you!!!” (Credit: Source) 41.
Sloths are slow animals that use their lack of speed to camouflage in the jungle brush, but did you know it can take up to 2 weeks for one to digests its food. “Just hangin around.” (Credit: Source) 42.
Around 3% of ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine.
Which makes sense considering how many of them hang around there. 43.
Giraffes have no vocal cords but researchers suspect they could make sounds by vibrating vocal folds in their trachea.
Many believe that the reason none have heard giraffe vocalization is due to the low frequency of their sounds. 44.
Around 50% of the orangutan population has fractured bones from falling out of trees on a regular basis. 45.
For unknown reasons, scorpions glow under ultraviolet light rays when in the dark.
Decades ago only around 600 species of scorpion were known but by using ultraviolet lights scientists have now discovered over 2000 species. “I just have that youthful glow!” (Credit: Source) 46.
The Pyrenean ibex went extinct twice.
Once from over hunting and habitat loss and second from when it was cloned to try and save the species. 47.
Recently scientists have learned that Komodo dragons are indeed venomous.
When scientist Brian Fry investigated this monitor lizard he found that their jaws contained relatively little bacteria.
What he did find was a venom gland in the lower jaw. “You goat to be kidding me! They have venom now too!” (Credit: Source) 48.
Many of the world’s kingfishers don’t eat fish and rarely go near water. 49.
The last living North American jaguar, El Jefe was once recorded killing an American black bear.
Pretty impressive. 50.
The hippopotamus is the world’s deadliest large mammal and kills around 500 people per year. 51.
When rutting the skull of a bighorn sheep can take a 800 pounds of force.
Ironically, this animals hardheadedness is most likely due to its skull's flexibility not its solidity. “Do you have any idea what you’ve done? Don’t you understand the ramifications.” (Credit: Source) 52.
A super colony of army ants are among the world’s most unstoppable predators, able to kill over 13,000 other organisms per night. 53.
Coleoptera or beetles are the largest order in the animal kingdom with it composing of over 300,000 species. 54.
All deer have antlers except the Chinese water deer. 55.
The decapitated head of a snake can still bite even hours after the creature’s death.
These bites usually contain huge amounts of venom. 56.
The Harris’ hawk is the only bird of prey known to hunt in packs.
These predators will chase prey through the cactus maze of the desert then once they have their quarry trapped they will pursue it on foot. “Clever girls!” (See if you can figure out the reference ;) (Credit: Source) 57.
The Hyacinth macaw is the biggest species of parrot in the world. 58.
The cougar holds the Guinness world record for animal with the most names which include mountain lion, puma, mountain cat, catamount and panther.
It has over 40 different names in English alone! “I’m also known as the one animal that really scares Josh!” (Credit: Source) 59.
Giraffes only need 5–30 minutes of sleep each day! I bet most of us wish we could run on that little rest. 60.
Despite their reputation as solitary animals, both striped and brown hyenas live in clans of 2–8 members.
Even so they are still primarily solitary when looking for food. 61.
In the 1930s the USSR attempted to domesticate moose and these semi-domestic animals were used as pack animal in the deep snow. “I am not very amoosed by your puns!!!” (Credit: Source) 62.
Horses have the largest eyes of any land mammal. 63.
The four subspecies of African buffalo are the most successful grazers in Africa and inhabit the swamps, floodplains, grasslands and forests of the continent. “An African forest buffalo, a subspecies I find few people know about.” (Credit: Source) 64.
Despite, their reputation as fearsome predators, a grizzly bears diet consists of around 80% plant matter, and even when they do hunt they primarily eat insects, fish, carrion or young ungulates. “Bear with me dear reader.
Sorry this answer is long but I really like writing about animals” (Credit: The source for this one is a little weird so I didn’t post.) 65.
The cute koalas have quite small brains and survive on a diet of nutrient-poor eucalyptus leaves. 66.
Male kangaroos flex their powerful arms to attract females.
Sometimes I forget just how ripped they are! “Do you even hop bro?” (Credit: William Thomson) 67.
The Tasmanian devil is the largest surviving carnivorous marsupial. 68.
Fossils place the earliest relative of penguins 60 million years ago.
This means that these birds survived the extinction of the dinosaurs! 69.
Leopard seals will often sing underwater during breeding season. “Just let me sleep five more minute.” (Credit: Couldn’t find the source for this one.) 70.
Bonobos were once thought to be the same as chimpanzees but were stated to be a unique species fairly recently, making them the last great ape to be discovered. 71.
Despite their reputation, dietary analysis has shown that the Bili apes don’t hunt leopards and lions…at least on a regular basis. “Ya no…I would never pick a fight with a lion, especially since they don’t even live in my habitat.” (Credit: Source) 72.
The wildebeest migration is the biggest migratory event in the world.
Many other animals like zebra, gazelles, eland and other antelope also join in on the perilous journey which is plagued by predators. 73.
Centipedes never have 100 legs.
They can have more or less but they always have an odd amount of legs so therefore having 100 is impossible. 74.
Wombats rely primarily on their tough butts to protect them from predators.
They are made of mostly cartilage and can take a decent amount of damage from hunters. “Random fact #658 Wombats poop cubes.” (Credit: Couldn’t find the source for this one.) 75.
Antarctic krill are one of the most populous animal species on the planet with a population of around 500 million in the Southern ocean alone. 76.
The Amazon rainforest is home to 3 apex predators that all prey on each other, the jaguar, anaconda and caiman. 77.
The mantis shrimp can throw a punch at 50mph, accelerating quicker than a 22 caliber bullet! 78.
Kung fu mantis use moves similar to martial arts to make themselves look bigger and scare off predators. “Legend tells of a legendary mantis whose kung fu skills were the stuff of legend.” (Credit: The team of BBC’s Life Story.) 79.
Meerkats are immune to the venom of snakes and scorpions.
They are also highly territorial and rival mobs will engage in vicious gang fights. 80.
Catfish usually eat small prey but those that live in urban areas have adapted to catch pigeons. 81.
Dingos are descended from domestic dogs but don’t bark like their ancestors.
Instead, they howl like wolves. “There was a farmer who had a dog and dingo was his name-o!” (Credit: Source) 82.
A groups of toads are often called a knot. 83.
Burmese pythons are invasive species in Florida and are disrupting much of the ecosystem.
It seems only the American alligator can defend itself from this snake. 84.
Saltwater crocodiles often swim into the ocean and have even been seen feeding on dead whales with sharks! “You can spot one croc near the whale’s flipper the other by the tail.” (Credit: Couldn’t find the source.) 85.
Like a human finger print the tail of each humpback whale is unique. 86.
Also known as sea canaries, belugas are the most vocal of all whales. 87.
Some monkeys can understand basic arithmetic and even multiplication. “Ya that was definitely all me.” (Credit: Couldn’t find the source.) 88.
Peregrine falcons actually thrive more in cities than they do in the wild. 89.
Despite being pretty dangerous wild cats, ocelots have been kept as pets in the past. “I like you an ocelot!” ( Credit: Couldn’t find the source) 90.
Ostriches use their wing as rudders when running at high speeds to direct their movement. 91.
Similarly to lions, male cheetahs will occasionally group up with each other in coalitions to hunt.
Females on the other hand always remain alone, unless they have cubs. 92.
Pelicans have the largest bill of any birds, measuring around 18 inches in length. “Trump is a lot like a pelican he’s white, has scraggly hair and if your not careful he’ll stick you with a huge bill!” (Credit: Source) 93.
People who study marmots are called “marmoteers” or “marmatologists”. 94.
The dhole or Asiatic wild dog lives in clans of around 7–12 dogs and can take down very large prey. (Credit: Couldn’t find source.) 95.
Wolves have about 200 million scent cells, in comparison humans have only about 5 million.
Wolves can smell other animals more than 1.6 kilometers away. 96.
Portia spiders are intelligent predators that hunt other spiders.
Their behavior suggests that they can learn basic problem solving skills. 97.
Lions were once the second most widespread predator after humans covering Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. 98.
Wolverines are so elusive that scientists aren’t really sure if they are endangered or not! “Well maybe I’m hard to find because I’m endangered!!!” (Credit: Couldn’t find source) 99.
Asiatic black bears often spend half their lives in trees. 100.
A recently discovered species of extinct ichthyosaur may have been larger than the blue whale! “Ichthyosaurs are actually reptiles despite their appearance.” If you stuck with me this far you’ve made it to the finish.
I just hope you enjoyed these facts and learned at least one new thing about the animal kingdom!