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13 Surprising Animal Facts

The two statements that are false are #7 and # 9:

Bats cannot shoot blood from their eyes, but four species of horned lizard can – and up to five feet away! The official term for this gross-out feat is autohaemorrhaging. The lizard accomplishes autohaemorrhaging by accumulating extra blood in their heads thus increasing their blood pressure and ultimately rupturing their eyelid vessels.

 

 

Opossums do use their prehensile tails to grasp tree branches, but they are too heavy to actually hang by their tails – and even if they could, hanging in the open while napping would not be a very good survival strategy. Unfortunately, the myth that opossums do hang by their tails from trees was further perpetuated by the recent movie Ice Age, where not only cartoon opossums hang by their tails, but one teaches a wooly mammoth to do the same trick!

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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

Cool.
Thanks

12:31AM PST on Dec 6, 2013

Thanks. interesting.

9:43AM PST on Dec 5, 2013

love the info!!!

12:52AM PST on Dec 5, 2013

Thanks

6:55PM PST on Dec 1, 2013

intriguing

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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