Wednesday, 18 March 2015

animal facts-3

  1. A python can swallow a rabbit whole and may eat as many as 150 mice in a six-month period.
  2. The placement of the eyes of a donkey enables them to see all four of their legs at all times.
  3. At birth, a panda is smaller than a mouse and weighs about four ounces.
  4. Oysters can change from one gender to another and back again depending on which is best for mating.
  5. Fireflies are the only creatures that give off light without generating heat.
  6. Hummingbirds beat their wings 60 to 80 times per second.
  7. Only half of a dolphin’s brain sleeps at a time. The other awake half makes the dolphin come up for air when needed to prevent drowning.
  8. Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds.
  9. It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.
  10. A completely blind chameleon will still take on the colours of its environment.
  11. A rodent’s teeth never stop growing.
  12. When young abalones feed on red seaweed their shells turn red.
  13. Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs.
  14. The hippopotamus is born underwater.
  15. Taurophobia is the fear of bulls.
  16. A bat can eat up to 1,000 insects per hour.
  17. One million stray dogs and 500,000 stray cats live in New York City metropolitan area.
  18. You can tell a turtle’s gender by the noise it makes. Males grunt, females hiss.
  19. An elephant’s trunk has around 15,000 muscles. 200 litres of water is drunk from it per day.
  20. The most popular female dog name is Maggie. The most popular male dog name is Max.
  21. A large group of goats is called a herd.
  22. Squirrels cannot see the colour red.
  23. The average chicken lays about 260 eggs per year.
  24. A starving mouse will eat its own tail.
  25. Only 5 to 10 percent of cheetah cubs make it to adulthood.
  26. Ferrets sleep around 20 hours a day.
  27. Birds can recognise landmarks.
  28. The starfish is the only animal capable of turning its stomach inside-out.
  29. Male dogs will raise their legs while urinating to aim higher on a tree or lamppost because they want to leave a message that they are tall and intimidating. Some wild dogs in Africa try to run up tree trunks while they are urinating to appear to be very large.
  30. Sharks have been around longer than dinosaurs.
  31. About two-thirds of shark attacks on humans have taken place in water less than six feet deep.
  32. Sharks are immune to cancer!
  33. Worldwide, more people eat and drink milk from goats than any other animal.
  34. Alligators cannot move backwards.
  35. The most popular dog breed in Canada, America, and Great Britain is the labrador retriever.
  36. The largest giant squid ever found weighed 8,000 pounds.
  37. Approximately 100 people die each year when they are stepped on by cows.
  38. A butterfly has 12,000 eyes.
  39. Humpback whales create the loudest sound of any living creature.
  40. Hippo’s sweat is pink.
  41. Whale milk is 50% fat.
  42. In Croatia, scientists discovered that lampposts were falling down because a chemical in the urine of male dogs was rotting the metal.
  43. In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.
  44. The swan has over 25,000 feathers in its body.
  45. The blue whale is the largest of all whales and is also considered the largest animal to have ever existed in the world.
  46. Giraffes have no vocal cords.
  47. Starfish have eight eyes – one at the end of each leg.
  48. There are almost 60 million dogs in the United States.
  49. After eating, a housefly regurgitates its food and then eats it again.
  50. A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.