Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
Emus can't walk backwards.
The average garden-variety caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head
By some unknown means, an iguana can end its own life.
Americans spend around $3 billion for cat and dog food a year.
The shell constitutes 12 percent of an egg's weight.
Pigs can cover a mile in 7.5 minutes when running at top speed.
A snail's reproductive organs are in its head.
Fastest Marine Animal - blue whale (30 miles per hour)
Fastest Land Animal - cheetah (70 miles per hour)
Fastest Fish - sailfish (68 miles per hour)
Fastest Bird - peregrine falcon (100-200 miles per hour)
Fastest Insect - dragonfly (36 miles per hour)
Largest Animal blue whale (110 feet long, 209 tons)
Largest Land Animal - African bush elephant (13 feet high, 8 tons)
Tallest Animal - giraffe (19 feet tall)
Largest Reptile - saltwater crocodile (16 feet long, 1,150 pounds)
Largest Snake - Heaviest: anaconda (27 feet, 9 inches long, 500 pounds) Longest: reticulated python (26-32 feet long)
Longest Fish - whale shark (41 1/2 feet long)
Largest Bird - ostrich (9 feet tall, 345 pounds)
Largest Insect - stick insect (15 inches long)
Dogs have about 220 million olfactory receptors to help them smell-roughly 40 times the number humans have.
Lions, one of the speediest land animals, spend about 20 hours a day resting.
Scorpions have as many as 12 eyes
A Mole can dig a hole 300 feet in one night.
A new born blue whale measures 20-26 feet long and weighs up to 6,600 pounds.
Penguins live south of the equator. Penguins can swim up to 15 mph and they spend 75% of their time in the water.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
Vultures can see small rodents from a height of 15,000 ft. (and you thought eagles had good eye sight!)
Frogs have an eardrum on the outside of the body behind the eye.
A Seahorse's eyes can move independently of each other.
Bees and butterflies can see ultraviolet light.
A whale's heart beats once every 6 1/2 seconds.
Sharks can have as many as 70 baby sharks in a litter.
A fear of animals is called zoophobia
A fear of spiders is called arachnaphobia: On average people fear spiders more than they do death.
The siberian tiger is the largest cat in the world. It weighs up to 300kg (660 lbs) and can eat 27,2 kg (60 lb) of meat at one mealtime.
Did you know Sailor, Dead Leaf, Paper Kite, Blue Striped Crow, Julia and Great Egg Fly are all names of butterfly species?
Butterflies taste with their feet.
Did you know moths are not really attracted to light? Moths fly towards the blackest point which is behind the light?
Polar bears are left handed.
The ant can lift 50 times its own weight, can pull 30 times its own weight and always falls over on its right side when intoxicated.
A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
The catfish has over 27,000 taste buds, that makes the catfish rank #1 for animal having the most taste buds.
Most animals donít eat moss. Itís hard to digest, and it has little nutritional value. But reindeer fill up with lots of moss. Why? The moss contains a special chemical that helps reindeer keep their body fluids warm. When the reindeer make their yearly journey across the icy Arctic region, the chemical keeps them from freezingómuch as antifreeze keeps a car from freezing up in winter
The largest frog in the world is called Goliath frog. Frogs start their lives as 'eggs' often laid in or near fresh water. Frogs live on all continents except Antarctica. Frogs belong to a group of animals called amphibians.
A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.
A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but monkeys can't.
A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.
A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.
A zebra is white with black stripes.
Porpoises and dolphins communicate with each other by squeaking, growling, moaning, and whistling. Porpoises and dolphins are mammals. There are about 40 species or kinds of porpoises and dolphins. Most porpoises and dolphins navigate by using "echolocation". The largest member of the dolphin family is called an orca or killer whale.
The hippopotamus gives birth under water and nurses its young in the river as well, though the young hippos do come up periodically for air.
A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime
Edited by ahteddybear, 13 June 2007 - 03:28 AM.