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30+ Amazing Animal Traits

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Penguins:

Both male and female penguins take turns caring for their eggs and chicks.

While swimming, penguins jump out of the water in low arcs (called porpoising). This act coats their feathers in tiny bubbles, which helps reduce friction and allows them to swim faster: up to 20 miles per hour (32 kph)!

Lions:

A lion’s roar can be heard as far as five miles away.

Goldfish:

Goldfish are the only animals that can see in both infrared and ultraviolet light.

Mice:

Mice are remarkably adaptable to almost any environment, making them one of the most successful mammals living on Earth today.

Mice in the wild are nature’s architects; building intricate burrows that have long entrances equipped with escape tunnels and routes.

Hamsters:

Hamsters are generally solitary animals. They are excellent diggers, constructing burrows with one or more entrances. A burrow includes a steep entrance pipe, a nesting chamber, a food-storage chamber, and a branch for urination – in other words, an entrance lobby, a bedroom, a kitchen and a bathroom!

Galapagos Tortoises:

The Galapagos tortoise has a potential life span of over 175 years.

Tuatara:

The tuatara is a reptile unique to New Zealand. Tuatara may have the slowest growth rates of any reptile, continuing to grow larger for the first 35 years of their life. Their average lifespan is about 60 years, but they can live to well over 100 years old*.

* Experts believe some tuatara have lived as long as 200 years, but sadly in captive situations.

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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11:31AM PDT on Jul 14, 2014

Thank you

1:09PM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

Thanks.

12:16PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Please list anything you think is not true, and we will verify and correct. Did try to research it.

6:56AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

Thank you

5:05AM PDT on Sep 1, 2013

thanks for sharing :)

8:56AM PDT on Aug 30, 2013

pretty awesome facts! loved the article!

9:11PM PDT on Aug 29, 2013

Thanks

6:17PM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

Animals are amazing...they are the superior species. They put humans to shame!

4:52PM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

God's Elephants are so beautiful and magnificent. It is just right abominable that humans capture them and put them in Zoo's and Circus's, then torture them to make them do things that are unnatural for them to do. They don't know how to appreciate the beauty of God's animals. All they know how to do is to destroy what is good.

2:30PM PDT on Aug 28, 2013

Awesome and incredible. Thank you.

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