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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:

b. eyesight

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?!




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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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2:52PM PDT on Sep 3, 2013

Fun and interesting

2:11PM PDT on May 7, 2013

i missed only 2! see, i knew my love for random animal facts would prove useful one day! lol :P

9:57AM PST on Mar 1, 2013

Very fun!

8:20AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Thank you

11:29PM PST on Feb 19, 2013

Thank you to all of you who took the time to take my crazy animal quiz!

7:57AM PST on Feb 12, 2013

Fascinating and great fun! But I can do without the lice.....

8:07PM PST on Feb 10, 2013


4:49AM PST on Feb 7, 2013

These are SO cool!! I didn't attempt the quiz, because I had to rush forward to the answers!

6:15AM PST on Feb 4, 2013


4:08AM PST on Feb 3, 2013


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