10. Hummingbirds can fly backwards.
These little bejeweled whirlybirds are pretty good at mimicking a helicopter — or maybe we should say a helicopter is good at mimicking a hummingbird.
11. All polar-bears are left-handed. True or False?
This a popular myth, but has never been proven scientifically. People who study polar bears say the bears usually use both front paws, rather than favor just one.
12. A snail can sleep for 13 years. True or False?
False. But they can sleep perfectly happy for 3 years!
13. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than it’s brain. True or False?
Admittedly, an ostrich is a big bird with big eyes, but it is also true that an ostrich lives up to the term “bird brain” in that it does have a rather small noodle.
14. Cuttlefish are know to have some of the most developed __________ in the animal kingdom:
Cuttlefish are considered to be one of the most intelligent animals on our amazing planet. In addition to having an incredible problem-solving brain, they also have extraordinary eyesight. They can see light polarization and boast the ability to look forward and backward.
15. Which animal can shoot blood from its eyes as a defensive mechanism?
a. horned lizard
Four species of horned lizard can shoot blood from their eyes up to five feet! The official term for this gross-out feat is autohaemorrhaging. The lizard accomplishes this feat by accumulating extra blood in their heads thus increasing their blood pressure and ultimately rupturing their eyelid vessels. Even though this could be a cool trick, I recommend that you do not try this at home — even if your husband asks you to iron his shirts.
I hope you enjoyed this quiz of random, but fun and interesting facts about a few of the other animals that share our extraordinary planet, and in the case of the louse, our bodies, with us. How did you do? Were there any big surprises in the answer section? Or are you a whiz at weird and wacky animal quizzes?!