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  • The giant squid, found usually in the deep reaches of the oceans, has the largest eye of any animal.
  • There is a sea squirt found in the seas near Japan that digests its own brain. When the sea squirt is mature, it permanently attaches itself to a rock. At this point it does not need to move anymore and has no need for a brain. So, waste not want not, it eats it.
  • A male gypsy moth can smell a female gypsy moth in heat up to a mile and a half away.
  • A squirrel cannot contract or carry the rabies virus.
  • 1 in 5,000 north Atlantic lobsters are born bright blue.
  • The brown myotis bats when born are equivalent to a woman giving birth to a 30-pound baby.
  • If you keep a Goldfish in the dark room, it will eventually turn white.
  • A snail can sleep for 3 years.
  • Many hamsters only blink one eye at a time.
  • The housefly hums, middle octave, key of F.
  • A Horse has 18 more bones than a Human.
  • Elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump.
  • A polar bears skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.
  • Rats can’t vomit. That’s why rat poison works so well.
  • Giraffes have no vocal chords.
  • Cats can hear ultrasound.
  • A full-grown bear can run as fast as a horse.
  • Cat’s urine glows under a black light.
  • The largest known butterfly is Queen Alexandra’s Birdwing from New Guinea, which has a wingspan of approximately 11 inches (28 cm).
  • The smallest butterfly, the Dwarf Blue from Africa, has a wingspan of only 1 / 2 inches (1 cm).
  • The distance between an alligators eyes in inches, is directly proportional to the length of the alligator in feet
  • The honey badger can withstand hundreds of African bee stings that would kill any other animal.
  • The world smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.
  • The opening to the cave in which a bear hibernates is always on the North Slope.
  • An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
  • The Hippopotamus does 80% of their vocalizations under water.
  • The cells that make up the antlers of a moose are the fastest growing animal cells in nature.
  • Scientists in Brazil have reported the emergence of a species of super-flea; they are bigger than cockroaches and can jump 20 feet (6 m).
  • Polar bears are left-handed.
  • The average flea can jump up to 150 times its own length. To match that a human would have to jump 1,00 feet (305 m).
  • A cockroach can live 9 days without its head before it starves to death.
  • Butterflies taste with their feet.
  • A cat has 32 muscles in each Ear.
  • Starfish don’t have brains.
  • A hippo can run faster than a man can.
  • A jellyfish is 95% water.
  • A blue whales heart only beats nine times per minute.
  • A cat uses its whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through.
  • A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.
  • A crocodiles tongue is attached to the roof of its mouth.
  • A rhinoceros horn is made of compacted hair.
  • Rodent’s teeth never stop growing.
  • A shark can detect one part of blood in 100 million parts of water.
  • A shark can grow a new set of teeth in a week.
  • A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.
  • Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they can’t find any food.
  • Slugs have 4 noses.
  • Owls are one of the only birds that can see the color blue.
  • The penguin is the only bird that can swim but can’t fly.
  • The cheetah is the only cat that can’t retract its claws.
  • A lion’s roar can be heard from five miles away.
  • Emus and kangaroos can’t walk backwards.
  • Cats have over 100 vocal sounds; dogs only have 10.
  • A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet (91 m) long in just one night.
  • Insects outnumber humans 100,000,000 to one.
  • Sharkskin has tiny tooth-like scales all over.
  • Chameleons can move their eyes in two directions at the same time.
  • Koalas never drink water. They get fluids from the eucalyptus leaves they eat.
  • Lacking a collarbone, the deer mouse can flatten its body so much it can squeeze into an opening one quarter of an inch high.
  • A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
  • The orca is the largest member of the dolphin family, and is not really a whale. Due to its size, however, the orca is frequently included in discussions of whales.
  • When sharks take a bite, their eyes roll back and their teeth jut out.
  • Vegetarian mammals produce more methane than carnivorous mammals. In other words, they fart more.
  • Flies jump backwards when they take off.
  • More than 20,000,000 seahorses are harvested each year for folk medicinal purposes. The world seahorse population has dropped 70% in the past 10 years.
  • The largest insects that ever lived on the earth were giant dragonflies with wingspans of over 3 feet (91 cm).
  • Camels chew in a figure 8 pattern.
  • The blue whale is the largest animal that ever lived, reaching 100 feet (30 m) in length and weighing 150 tons. The largest dinosaur, Argentinosaurus, was estimated to weigh 110 tons.
  • Cats, camels, and giraffes are the only animals in the world that walk right foot, right foot, left foot, left foot, rather than right foot, left foot.
  • Proportional to their size, cats have the largest eyes of all mammals.
  • Sailfish can leap out of the water and into the air at a speed of 50 miles (81 km) per hour.
  • The catfish has the most taste buds of all animals, having over 27,000 of them.
  • A skunk’s smell can be detected by a human a mile away.
  • A lion in the wild usually makes no more than 20 kills a year.
  • Honeybees have hair on their eyes.
  • To reach rivers and lakes where they spend most of their lives, many newborn eels swim for up to 3,000 miles (4,827 k) nonstop.
  • A male rabbit is called a “buck” and a female rabbit is called a “doe.”
  • The snail mates only once in its entire life.
  • The waste produced by one chicken in its lifetime can supply enough electricity to run a 100-watt bulb for 5 hours.
  • Scorpions can withstand 200 times more nuclear radiation than humans can.
  • The average garden-variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.
  • It is possible to lead a cow upstairs, but not downstairs.
  • A kangaroo can’t jump unless its tail is touching the ground.
  • Dolphins don’t automatically breath; they have to tell themselves to do it.
  • Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours per day.
  • A flamingo can eat only when its head is upside down.
  • The poison arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.
  • A kangaroo can jump up to 10 feet (3 m) high and leap up to 26 feet (8 m).
  • The Queen termite can live up to 50 years and have 30,000 children every day.
  • The cockroach’s favorite food is the glue on the back of stamps.
  • Tuna swim at a steady rate of 9 miles (14 km) per hour until they die and they never stop moving. Some Scientists estimate that a 15-year-old tuna must have traveled 1,000,000 miles (1,609,000 km).
  • An adult hippo can bite a 12-foot (3.6 m) adult male crocodile in half.
  • The Australian Emu holds the land speed record for birds at 31 miles (50 km) per hour.
  • At full speed, a Cheetah takes strides of 26 feet (8 m).
  • Of the 4,000 species of mammals on the planet, the are 900 different species of bats.
  • Termites are affected by music. They will eat your house twice as fast if you play loud music.
  • Rabbits digest their food twice (if you know what I mean) for two reasons: they don’t get all the nutrients the first time around and because they need a high bacterial count in their stomach, which they get from, that’s right, poop.
  • The name “Kangaroo” came about when some of the first white settlers saw this strange animal hopping along and they asked the Aborigines what it was called. They replied with “Kanguru”, which in their language means “I don’t know”.
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