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300 Random Animal Facts

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!

  1. Gorillas can catch human colds and other illnesses.
  2. A newborn Chinese water deer is so small it can almost be held in the palm of the hand.
  3. Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions.
  4. A lion in the wild usually makes no more than twenty kills a year.
  5. The female lion does ninety percent of the hunting.
  6. The world’s smallest dog was a Yorkshire Terrier, which weighed just four ounces.
  7. Turtles, water snakes, crocodiles, alligators, dolphins, whales, and other water going creatures will drown if kept underwater too long.
  8. Almost half the pigs in the world are kept by farmers in China.
  9. On average, dogs have better eyesight than humans, although not as colorful.
  10. Deer have no gall bladders.
  11. There is an average of 50,000 spiders per acre in green areas.
  12. Snakes are carnivores, which means they only eat animals, often small ones such as insects, birds, frogs and other small mammals.
  13. In Alaska it is illegal to whisper in someone’s ear while they’re moose hunting.
  14. The bat is the only mammal that can fly.
  15. 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.
  16. Some male songbirds sing more than 2,000 times each day.
  17. The only mammals to undergo menopause are elephants, humpback whales and human females.
  18. Blue-eyed lemurs are one of two (non-human) primates to have truly blue eyes.
  19. A tarantula spider can survive for more than two years without food.
  20. For every human in the world there are one million ants.
  21. If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground it can’t hop – they use their tails for balance.
  22. If you keep a goldfish in a dark room, it will become pale!
  23. Cows can sleep standing up, but they can only dream lying down.
  24. The sentence “The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.” uses every letter of the alphabet.
  25. The average fox weighs 14 pounds.

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109 Comments
  1. Nitishkrishna - 18 March 2019 - Reply

    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.

  2. Callum - 10 February 2019 - Reply

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

  3. Yasir Abbasi - 12 May 2018 - Reply

    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.

  4. Madeleine Bean - 28 March 2018 - Reply

    There is a v in “over” lmfao

  5. Kevin - 22 March 2018 - Reply

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

  6. Gabriella Lillith Elliot - 27 February 2018 - Reply

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

  7. Gabriella Lillith Elliot - 27 February 2018 - Reply

    #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.

  8. Deeksha - 23 September 2017 - Reply

    there is a V in over …

  9. Patrick Lister - 13 September 2017 - Reply

    “T”he quick brown fox smh

  10. Leanne Roberts-Elza - 31 July 2017 - Reply

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

  11. Jen D - 29 July 2017 - Reply

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

  12. Jen D - 29 July 2017 - Reply

    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. John Chuckran - 11 July 2017 - Reply

    # 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……

  14. John Chuckran - 11 July 2017 - Reply

    #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.

  15. De James - 16 June 2017 - Reply

    The “v” is in “over”

  16. Brooke Williams - 5 December 2016 - Reply

    #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.

  17. Ashton - 29 September 2016 - Reply

    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.

  18. John Smith - 28 July 2016 - Reply

    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)

    • Sean Nathaniel Duncan - 7 February 2017 - Reply

      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 :)

      • John Chuckran - 13 July 2017 - Reply

        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.

  19. Bob Shiry - 3 May 2016 - Reply

    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

  20. Joel - 13 April 2016 - Reply

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

    • Francey - 14 April 2016 - Reply

      fox, you literally said it

      • Alyssa - 22 March 2017 - Reply

        oh joel… you need help

    • Madeleine Bean - 28 March 2018 - Reply

      In fox.

  21. Joanie - 24 February 2016 - Reply

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

  22. Joanie - 24 February 2016 - Reply

    Did you know, dogs or cats with white fur and blue eyes are deaf?

  23. Jen - 21 April 2015 - Reply

    A cow has 1 stomach but regurgitates multiple times.

  24. Sarah Buela - 9 December 2014 - Reply

    search up the ‘African Unicorn’ ;-)

  25. Kari Elaine Michael - 26 November 2014 - Reply

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

    • Lorne Jordan - 14 October 2016 - Reply

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

    • Brooke Williams - 5 December 2016 - Reply

      Shar-pei have black/blue tounges as well

  26. Gavin - 26 November 2014 - Reply

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

  27. Chris - 17 November 2014 - Reply

    write about hippopotamus

  28. Marie - 5 November 2014 - Reply

    for number 61… snakes also have two penis

  29. Link - 7 October 2014 - Reply

    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!

  30. Max M - 12 September 2014 - Reply

    You read ALL of them!!??

  31. Claire - 11 September 2014 - Reply

    write about monkeys!!! monkeys are my favorite animal!!

  32. Emmanuel - 4 September 2014 - Reply

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

  33. Luke Ward - 17 July 2014 - Reply

    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 :)

    • Abby - 5 December 2017 - Reply

      it sure did!

  34. Elsa123 - 5 June 2014 - Reply

    fact 100 is inappropreate

  35. Elsa123 - 5 June 2014 - Reply

    #sup

  36. Elsa123 - 5 June 2014 - Reply

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

  37. Elsa123 - 5 June 2014 - Reply

    Some of them are inapropreate too.

  38. Allan Clegg - 22 April 2014 - Reply

    sorry guys

  39. Allan Clegg - 22 April 2014 - Reply

    oops over

  40. Allan Clegg - 22 April 2014 - Reply

    Just add the word very to 24

  41. Courtney - 21 April 2014 - Reply

    This is Courtney again.I was wrong about number 24

  42. Courtney - 21 April 2014 - Reply

    Number 24 is incorrect

  43. boohoo - 15 February 2014 - Reply

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

    • anonymous - 21 February 2014 - Reply

      oVer

    • Mo - 24 June 2014 - Reply

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

  44. aemry - 22 August 2013 - Reply

    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.

  45. Megan Bailey - 23 June 2013 - Reply

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

  46. Da bomb - 23 June 2013 - Reply

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

  47. Jam Ward - 10 June 2013 - Reply

    Hey, thanks for letting us know!

  48. Quinanator - 6 June 2013 - Reply

    I heard that giraffes make a really deep neigh

  49. HEY - 22 May 2013 - Reply

    GET IT IN LOIN!! :) in number 296

  50. Jamie Marie Smith - 1 April 2013 - Reply

    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

  51. Guest - 1 April 2013 - Reply

    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

  52. Darkeonz - 27 January 2013 - Reply

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

    • Derp Elisygen - 11 May 2014 - Reply

      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.

  53. ola o - 24 January 2013 - Reply

    wow! This is amazing…

  54. onepie14 - 7 December 2012 - Reply

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

  55. onepie14 - 7 December 2012 - Reply

    280 doesn’t he mean faces not faecs

  56. onepie14 - 7 December 2012 - Reply

    (28)Well duh elephant teeth are huge

  57. onepie14 - 7 December 2012 - Reply

    296 is gross

  58. who cares - 11 October 2012 - Reply

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

  59. me - 26 September 2012 - Reply

    some facts were ACTUALLY REPEATED :)))) but its good anyway…

  60. Person91 - 2 September 2012 - Reply

    Most of these facts are completely and utterly wrong

    • anonymous - 21 February 2014 - Reply

      write the correct list then

  61. derp - 12 August 2012 - Reply

    Thus my little pony: Friendship is Magic is born.

    • joshua - 8 March 2013 - Reply

      what r u takeing about

  62. asdf - 25 July 2012 - Reply

    6 is wrong.

  63. Joshua - 2 July 2012 - Reply

    Realy 278 Because Aligators Are 778 km/h. OK?

  64. Joshua - 1 July 2012 - Reply

    Why Crocodiles Eat Stones? They Eat Gravestones!

  65. Savy - 18 June 2012 - Reply

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

  66. Juicebox - 21 May 2012 - Reply

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

  67. Taylorhuisman - 21 May 2012 - Reply

    Did you know that pigs poop out rainbows and pretty shapes

    • Frank Western - 22 May 2012 - Reply

      that is so true dude where do u live little kid

  68. Jordan Roen - 21 May 2012 - Reply

    whats up

  69. Emilygarlock - 20 May 2012 - Reply

    I like someone special(Tim) bye:)

  70. Karyhartword - 19 May 2012 - Reply

    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

    • savy - 18 June 2012 - Reply

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

  71. Tim - 8 May 2012 - Reply

    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.

  72. Tim - 8 May 2012 - Reply

    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.

  73. Death Itself - 8 May 2012 - Reply

    That elephant during WW2 made my day!!!

  74. Brett - 25 April 2012 - Reply

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

  75. Ruby - 22 April 2012 - Reply

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

  76. Ndschmidty@gmail.com - 25 March 2012 - Reply

    I can’t believe you know all of that

  77. Trollface - 20 March 2012 - Reply

    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.

    • Jam Ward - 21 March 2012 - Reply

      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 ;)

  78. KittenShocked - 20 March 2012 - Reply

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

  79. Some Guy - 19 March 2012 - Reply

    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.

  80. Anitaselleck - 16 March 2012 - Reply

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

  81. Eve - 15 March 2012 - Reply

    Huge list. Great post.

  82. Onalamaj - 22 February 2012 - Reply

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

  83. Rosa - 21 February 2012 - Reply

    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

  84. rilwan ayobami - 13 February 2012 - Reply

    interesting facts

  85. Umm... - 19 January 2012 - Reply

    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.

  86. patricio - 16 January 2012 - Reply

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

  87. KCK - 6 January 2012 - Reply

    Youtube alcohol on a scorpion. Its a myth…unfortunately.

  88. Yourcool - 15 September 2011 - Reply

    Wooow lies

  89. Charity - 30 August 2011 - Reply

    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

    • Idiotfinder - 15 September 2012 - Reply

      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.

    • Mo - 24 June 2014 - Reply

      DARK chocolate

  90. AJohnson - 29 July 2011 - Reply

    298 has been put in twice

  91. Agate_man - 11 April 2011 - Reply

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

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