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13 Surprising Animal Facts

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13 Surprising Animal Facts

Please enjoy this handful of interesting animal facts – and to make it a little more interesting, see if you can identify the two statements that are FALSE. (Find out which ones are false on page 2.)


1. Houseflies buzz in the key of F.

2. Snow leopards can leap up to 50 feet in a single bound.

3. The longest worm on record is 100 feet long.

4. Only female bees sting.

5. Some elephant trunks are six feet long and weigh up to 300 pounds.

6. Rhinos have unique footprints just like human fingerprints.

7. Some species of bats can shoot blood out of their eyes (autohaemorrhaging) as a defense mechanism.



8. The lower teeth of a mature hippo can be up to 1 1/2 feet long.

9. Opossums enjoy napping on hot days by hanging from tree limbs with their tails.

10. Alligators have three pairs of eyelids. The third pair of eyelids is transparent and act like goggles when the gator is under water.

11. Captive chimps have learned up to 300 signs in American sign language — and a few especially smart chimps scored higher on memory tests than teenagers.

12. Approximately 95% of all animals are invertebrates (animals without backbones).

13. If available, a tiger will scarf down fifty plus pounds in one night – that is equal to about 100 steak dinners.

14. Sea Slugs get their mates in the mood by stabbing them between the eyes with a hypodermic needle-like appendage.

15. A group of Kangaroos is known as a mob. This “mob” can also be referred to as a troop or a herd.


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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.


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7:03AM PDT on Aug 21, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

2:20PM PST on Dec 17, 2013

ok ready for the pub quiz now! Sea slugs are kinky!!

10:33AM PST on Dec 13, 2013


12:31AM PST on Dec 6, 2013

Thanks. interesting.

9:43AM PST on Dec 5, 2013

love the info!!!

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3:26PM PST on Dec 1, 2013

Sure, Andrew. If you search my name you will find a number of similarly fun and informative posts.

12:47AM PST on Dec 1, 2013

More of this sort of thing please.

5:51PM PST on Nov 28, 2013

I guessed 4 and 11. It's always a good thing to learn new stuff, thank you.

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