300 Random Animal Facts

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If you’re looking for the most interesting list of animal facts, you’re at the right place!

Here are 300 of the best fun & random facts about animals!

Gorillas can catch human colds and other illnesses.

A newborn Chinese water deer is so small it can almost be held in the palm of the hand.

Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions.

A lion in the wild usually makes no more than twenty kills a year.

The female lion does ninety percent of the hunting.

The world’s smallest dog was a Yorkshire Terrier, which weighed just four ounces.

Turtles, water snakes, crocodiles, alligators, dolphins, whales, and other water going creatures will drown if kept underwater too long.

Almost half the pigs in the world are kept by farmers in China.

On average, dogs have better eyesight than humans, although not as colorful.

Deer have no gall bladders.

There is an average of 50,000 spiders per acre in green areas.

Snakes are carnivores, which means they only eat animals, often small ones such as insects, birds, frogs and other small mammals.

In Alaska it is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they’re moose hunting.

The bat is the only mammal that can fly.

The leg bones of a bat are so thin that out of the 1,200 species of bats, only 2 can walk on ground. These are the Vampire bat and the Burrowing bat.

Some male songbirds sing more than 2,000 times each day.

The only mammals to undergo menopause are elephants, humpback whales and human females.

Blue-eyed lemurs are one of two (non-human) primates to have truly blue eyes.

A tarantula spider can survive for more than two years without food.

For every human in the world there are one million ants.

If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground it can’t hop – they use their tails for balance.

If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will become pale!

Cows can sleep standing up, but they can only dream lying down.

The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.” uses every letter of the alphabet.

The average fox weighs 14 pounds.

The scientific name of the red fox is Vulpes vulpes.

Alligators generally live between 30 & 50 years.

A single elephant tooth can weigh as much as 9 pounds.

The turkey is one of the most famous birds in North America.

A housefly hums in the key of F.

During World War II, Americans tried to train bats to drop bombs.

Canis lupus lupus is the scientific name for a grey wolf.

To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaw, push your thumb into its eyeballs-it will let you go instantly.

It is much easier for dogs to learn spoken commands if they are given in conjunction with hand signals or gestures.

Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death!

Male rabbits are called “bucks,” females are “does.”

The flamingo can only eat when its head is upside down.

Animals generate 30 times more waste than humans which is 1.4 billion tons every year.

Ants never sleep. Also they don’t have lungs.

A group of owls is called a parliament.

Just one cow gives off enough harmful methane gas in a single day to fill around 400 liter bottles.

Pear and apple seeds contain arsenic, which may be deadly to dogs.

Cows have one large stomach that is divided into four compartments to go through the different stages of digestion.

An anteater is nearly 6 feet long, yet its mouth is only an inch wide.

The blue whale weighs as much as thirty elephants and is as long as three Greyhound buses.

A herd of sixty cows is capable of producing a ton of milk in less than a day.

A grasshopper can leap 20 times the length of its own body.

At birth, baby kangaroos are only about an inch long – no bigger than a large water bug or a queen bee.

The smell of a skunk can be detected by a human a mile away.

There is a butterfly in Africa with enough poison in its body to kill six cats!

Cats have lived with people for only 7,000 years.

A black panther is really a black leopard.

The honey bee has been around for 30 million years.

The dumbest dog in the world is the Afghan hounds.

A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A dog’s shoulder blades are unattached to the rest of the skeleton to allow greater flexibility for running.

Tigers have striped skin as well as their fur.

Hippos can run faster than humans!

The Latin name for moose is alces alces.

The earliest European images of dogs are found in cave paintings dating back 12,000 years ago in Spain.

Baby horses can walk and run after just a few hours of being born.

The kangaroo’s ancestors lived in trees. Today there are eight different kinds of tree kangaroos.

A woodpecker can peck 20 times per second.

The great horned owl has no sense of smell.

Scientists have performed brain surgery on cockroaches.

The flea can jump up to 200 times its own height. This is equal to a man jumping the Empire State Building in New York.

Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of a blue whale.

The very first bomb that the Allies dropped on Berlin in World War Two hit an elephant.

A garden caterpillar has 248 muscles in its head.

A moth has no stomach.

George Washington’s teeth were made of elephant ivory, and walrus tusks.

Reindeer milk has more fat than cow milk.

Goats and sheep are seasonal breeders.

An elephant can smell water up to 3 miles away.

Deer can’t eat hay.

A skunk will not bite and throw its scent at the same time.

In 2003, Dr. Roger Mugford invented the “wag-o-meter” a device that claims to interpret a dog’s exact mood by measuring the wag of its tail.

Every day of the year, 100 whales are killed by whale fisherman.

If you cut off a snail’s eye, it will grow a new one.

The ostrich has two toes on each foot which gives it greater speed.

Lonomia obliqua is the world’s deadliest caterpillar.

‘Jaws’ is the most common name for a goldfish.

The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.

On average, cows poop 16 times per day!

The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs.

The most poisonous fish in the world is the stone fish.

Killer whales are not whales at all, rather a species of dolphin.

Goats were the first animals domesticated by man in 10,000 B.C.

Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws.

The fear of animals is called zoophobia.

We share 70% of our DNA with a slug.

We share 98.4% of our DNA with a chimp.

Fireflies do not bite or have pincers. Fireflies are harmless, they don’t even carry diseases.

Chocolate, macadamia nuts, cooked onions, or anything with caffeine is harmful to dogs.

No two tigers ever have the same stripes, and this is how individual tigers can be identified.

The American Kennel Club, the most influential dog club in the United States, was founded in 1884.

The longest recorded life span of a slug was 1 year, 6 months.

A whale’s heart beats only nine times a minute.

Elephants are covered with hair.

A ‘haw’ is the third eyelid of a cat, which can only be seen when the cat isn’t well.

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102 Comments

  1. Tigers cannot actually roar. Whenever you see a tiger roaring in a film, it’s actually a lion.

  2. I’m done with this as well and i wont say i didn’t enjoy it, i’m searching for more.

  3. The Hippo one is incorrect. Its not sweat, its a oily substance which is a skin moisturizer, water repellent and antibiotic.

  4. The facts are so awesome can I tell some facts?

    Giraffes don’t have vocal chords.
    Most of the ice in Antarctica is made of penguins urine.
    The speed of a sloth is 0.15 mph.
    The heart of a shrimp is located in its head.
    A snail can sleep for three years.
    A rhinoceros horn is made of hair.
    Slugs have four noses.

    And there are many other fun facts like this.

  5. Got a good read out of this. I will be dancing like a chicken on May 14th!

  6. These are amazing and I’d like to add few more Interesting Facts about Animals: The age of a deep sea sponge is 11,000 years.
    Snail venom can treat chronic pain.
    Few female fish, birds and insects can reproduce without mating with males.

  7. These facts are fun to read through. There’s nothing quite like the world of animals.

  8. #32 Canis lupis lupis is the name for the North American Grey wolf,Canis lupus baileyi is the name for the Mexican grey wolf.

  9. #54 that depends on the method of determining intelligence. If you use obedience as the measure, all sight hounds will fall low in the list, however most all sight hounds are more intelligent in matters of hunting where they will learn prey movements and attempt to predict where the prey will go next.

  10. #132 is false. Myth created to sell shark cartilage taken from sharks

  11. Also breeding age of male goats is 3 months. They recommend waiting until 8-10 months so the females won’t hurt him.

  12. Not all goats are seasonal breeders. Nigerian dwarfs, and Pygmies are not. And in warmer climates, a lot of breeds that typically are seasonal breeders can breed out of season or have longer seasons. Also, they have two seasons a year when they are seasonal breeders.

  13. Actually, us Americans did get it correct….The scientific name for moose is Alces americanus (Linnaeus) (Cervidae) and the scientific name for Elk is Cervus canadensis. In Eurasia, Eurasian Elk (Alces alces) , are what here in America we call Moose. With that said, they are still different species than our Moose. So John is correct, maybe in Europe and Eurasian Elk is called a Moose, but going back to the question “Alternate American names…..), it is not correct. Restating the question “Alternate European names…..) would be correct.

  14. # 262. As an outdoor enthusiast for over 40 years, involved in guiding and outfitting, I have never heard an American refer to an Elk as a Moose. Since we have both species here, it would be like calling a Bass a Salmon……

  15. #52. “A black panther is really a black leopard.” Although it might be different in other areas of the world, here in Michigan it is really a version of the Mountain lion, or puma. They have documented them here merely a black phase of the mountain lion, the leopard, not native to North America, is a different species.

  16. Actually, Americans got it entirely wrong. You guys call a type of deer an Elk. The scientific naming for elk is the same as a moose I’m afraid… In science they are one in the same :)

  17. #46 there are two main different groupings of cattle one is beef and one is milk with many breeds falling into those categories. So the validity of that statement is very little simply due to the lack of specificity.

  18. yeah my Akita had a black tounque, and he was 100% badd a$$

  19. line #43 “cows have 4 stomachs” is false. They have ONE large stomach that is DIVIDED into FOUR compartments to go threw the different stages of digestion.

  20. 266: Alternate American names for the Elk are the moose and the Wapiti.

    IDK about Wapiti, but in America, Elk and Moose are 2 different species. Elk have thin antlers and moose have broad antlers (they also have different calls)

  21. Scorpions DO not kill themselves from alcohol being poured on them I’ve shown like 50 people various types of alcohol and scopion combinations even submerged some in it yes vodka whiskey wune gin moonshine

  22. number 24… the fox typists line does not have every letter. Where is “X” in that phrase?

  23. Number 284 is weird.. What if a moose just walks in the road then starts doing it with your car… o.o

  24. There are lots of dogs not just Chows that have tounges that are not pink

  25. There are over 70 breeds of dog that can/do have tongues that are not pink.

  26. Hello there! I could have sworn I’ve visited this blog
    before but after going through many of the posts I realized it’s new to me.

    Regardless, I’m certainly happy I came across it and I’ll be
    book-marking it and checking back regularly!

  27. then does that mean we are unicorns without rainbow fur, fart rainbows, and stand on two legs?

  28. True, but just because it’s mythical doesn’t mean there aren’t facts about it!
    And I hope it helped with your school work :)

  29. Yes their is the quick brown fox jumps oVer. V in over duh

  30. I like most of them though i use them for my news for school!

  31. Well, in Cambodia and some other countries they eat boiled duck and goose eggs with the dead baby in them. The babies are boiled alive, and I do not agree with that. Sometimes they just eat the duck and goose eggs like a regular egg.

  32. 24 is wrong, it doesn’t use all the letters of the alphabet… there’s no “v”

  33. A lot of these are simply incorrect. Re-check your sources. However many of them are indeed true and interesting so thank you for those ones.

  34. The navy or something trained dolphins to look for lost or sukin missiles . Like flipper :)

  35. Number 88 is false it was dogs domesticated in 30,000. Bc

  36. I heard that giraffes make a really deep neigh

  37. Cows don’t have 4 stomachs, this is a common misnomer. 1 stomach w/4 compartments. I found several
    others need correcting too. But I learned a few new fun facts I didn’t know.
    ~Animal Science/Pre-vet major

  38. Cows don’t have 4 stomachs. I stomach w/4 compartments. I found several others need correcting too. But I learned a few new facts I didn’t know. ~Animal Science/Pre-vet major

  39. nr 18 is incorrect as well. There’s people who eat snakes and snake eggs. I’m sure there’s other cases as well

  40. horses can’t vomit because it can’t breathe through the mouth

  41. no they’re definitely at the top, I’ve heard it in lots of different places

  42. False. Yes they r allergic to dark chocolate the most but the peroxide is so false as to show ur stupidity. It will prob kill the dog long before they eat enough chocolate. Idiot.

  43. Why Crocodiles Eat Stones? They Eat Gravestones!

  44. actually a lot of them are true but a good amount of them are also false

  45. actually 221 is wrong because crocodile tongues are at the bottom of the mouth

  46. my baby got eatin by a DINGO ………… it was funny

  47. Yeah like if any of it’s real it’s all fake except the fact #13 it’s true cuz I got busted for it kk I didn’t ovisoualy someone has done it or else it wouldn’t have been posted!!! Just saying

  48. Here is one you could add unless you already have it and I missed it. Owls and Penguins are the only 2 birds that do not have crops.

  49. Yeah this is a really good page but some of these facts are incorrect. Flamingos are pink because of the algae they eat, not the shrimps. The one about 75% of wild birds living 6 months also needs revising. There are a few more that are out but I feel really bad as I can tell loads of work has gone into this page. I am a conservation biologist by trade and some of these points have surprised even me. Excellent page that once edited will be perfect for all readers.

  50. That elephant during WW2 made my day!!!

  51. Although very interesting, some of these “facts” are not facts. Recheck your sources. Great article though.

  52. snails have 47,000 teeth and by the way crocodile teeth are made of keratin not certain

  53. What errors are you seeing with the above post? If you can tell us, we would be more then happy to change any spelling mistakes / wrong facts.

    And English is our first language ;)

  54. stopped reading once I started finding horrible spelling and contradicting “Facts”. This list needs an edit. Somebody who speaks English as their FIRST language please.

  55. 231) A herd of unicorns is called a blessing.
    295) Pikachu is a mouse type Pokémon.

  56. 172) A group of frogs is called an army.
    266) A group of frogs is called an army.139) The Sea Horse is the slowest fish, drifting at approximately 0.016 km/h.
    298) The slowest fish is the Sea Horse, which moves along at about 0.01 mph (0.016 km/h).212) If you have a fear of chickens, then you actually have Alektorophobia. 251) Alektorophobia is the fear of chickens.80) Starfish have no heart, brain, or eyes! 146) Starfish have eight eyes – one at the end of each leg.166) Dogs can smell about 1,000 times better than humans.
    123) A dog’s smell is more than 100,000 times stronger than an average human’s.Feel free to add any I missed.

  57. Our quiz night will be great thanks to this webpage,very interesting!
    Anita

  58. the things that hold a crayfishes eggs dont really have a name i call them “thingies”

  59. there actually only 298 facts…two are repeated. that a group of frogs is called an army and the rate of which sea horses move

  60. 80) Starfish have no heart, brain, or eyes!146) Starfish have eight eyes – one at the end of each leg.Makes me question the validity of this list.

  61. Great list of facts. Also interesting to read some of the posts.

  62. Dark chocolate is poison to dogs, if a dog eats some you have to make it drink hydrogen poroxide so it can throw it up before it can be digested

  63. The Chow isnt the only dog without pink tongue, the Shar Pei also has a blue tongue

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