300 Random Animal Facts

Written by: Luke Ward
Reading time: 18 mins
Last updated: April 30, 2021

It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year's supply of footballs.

Random Animal Facts

A python can swallow a rabbit whole and may eat as many as 150 mice in a six-month period.

The placement of the eyes of a donkey enables them to see all four of their legs at all times.

At birth, a panda is smaller than a mouse and weighs about four ounces.

Oysters can change from one gender to another and back again depending on which is best for mating.

The average length of a Giant Anteater is around 6 and a half foot (2 meters), although about half of this is their long bushy tail.

Hummingbirds beat their wings 60 to 80 times per second.

Only half of a dolphin’s brain sleeps at a time. The other awake half makes the dolphin come up for air when needed to prevent drowning.

Dogs have about 1,700 taste buds.

It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough leather for a year’s supply of footballs.

The word “peacock” doesn’t actually apply to both the male and female birds. It’s only the males that are called peacocks, while the females are called peahens.

A rodent’s teeth never stop growing.

When young abalones feed on red seaweed their shells turn red.

Small quantities of grapes and raisins can cause renal failure in dogs.

The hippopotamus is born underwater.

Taurophobia is the fear of bulls.

A bat can eat up to 1,000 insects per hour.

One million stray dogs and 500,000 stray cats live in New York City metropolitan area.

You can tell a turtle’s gender by the noise it makes. Males grunt, females hiss.

An elephant’s trunk has around 15,000 muscles. 200 liters of water is drunk from it per day.

The most popular female dog name is Maggie. The most popular male dog name is Max.

A large group of goats is called a herd.

Squirrels cannot see the color red.

The average chicken lays about 260 eggs per year.

A starving mouse will eat its own tail.

Only 5 to 10 percent of cheetah cubs make it to adulthood.

Ferrets sleep around 20 hours a day.

Birds can recognize landmarks, which they use to help them navigate.

The starfish is the only animal capable of turning its stomach inside-out.

Male dogs will raise their legs while urinating to aim higher on a tree or lamppost because they want to leave a message that they are tall and intimidating. Some wild dogs in Africa try to run up tree trunks while they are urinating to appear to be very large.

Sharks have been around longer than dinosaurs.

About two-thirds of shark attacks on humans have taken place in water less than six feet deep.

Sharks are immune to cancer!

Worldwide, more people eat and drink milk from goats than any other animal.

Alligators cannot move backwards.

The most popular dog breed in Canada, America, and Great Britain is the Labrador Retriever.

The largest giant squid ever found weighed 8,000 pounds.

Approximately 100 people die each year when they are stepped on by cows.

A group of butterflies is known as a flutter.

The sperm whale is the loudest animal. Their clicks have been measured at 230 dB.

Hippo’s sweat is pink.

Whale milk is 50% fat.

In Croatia, scientists discovered that lampposts were falling down because a chemical in the urine of male dogs was rotting the metal.

In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.

The swan has over 25,000 feathers in its body.

The blue whale is the largest of all whales and is also considered the largest animal to have ever existed in the world.

Giraffes have no vocal cords.

Starfish have five eyes – one at the end of each leg.

There are almost 60 million dogs in the United States.

After eating, a housefly regurgitates its food and then eats it again.

A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night.

Back in 1924, a monkey was convicted in South Bend of the crime of smoking a cigarette and sentenced to pay a 25 dollar fine!

Flamingos are pink because shrimp is one of their main sources of food.

The Mayans and Aztecs symbolised every tenth day with the dog, and those born under this sign were believed to have outstanding leadership skills.

When a male tiger and female lion mate they make a tigon, when a male lion and female tiger mate they make a liger.

French poodles did not originate in France – they came from Germany.

The breeding age for male goats is between 8-10 months.

Elephants don’t drink through their trunks like a straw.

Baby whales grow to a 1/3 of their mother’s length in the womb.

Goats do not have teeth in their upper front jaw.

Goat’s milk is higher in calcium, vitamin A and niacin than cow’s milk.

Turkeys have a poor sense of smell, but excellent sense of taste.

Cats can hear ultrasound.

Tuna fish can swim 40 miles in a single day.

Bumblebees have hair on their eyes.

Penguins can jump 6 feet out of water.

Giraffe hearts pump twice as hard as a cow’s to get blood to its brain.

Blue whales have large enough aortas (the main blood vessel) for a human to crawl through.

Some dogs can smell dead bodies under water!

More than 45 million turkeys are cooked and eaten in the US at Thanksgiving.

Baby whales can gain up to 200 pounds per day.

Dogs have a wet nose to collect more of the tiny droplets of smelling chemicals in the air.

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

Cat owners are 30% less likely to suffer a heart attack.

Barn owls hunt mostly small mammals such as the short-tailed vole.

A ducks quack does echo, it’s just almost impossible to hear.

A cheetahs lifespan is up to 12 years in the wild.

Shark corneas are being used in human eye transplants.

Dogs are about as smart as a two or three-year-old child.

Butterflies have their skeletons on the outside of their bodies, this is known as the exoskeleton.

Arachnophobia is the fear of spiders.

Polar bears are the world’s largest land predators.

Hippos attract mates by urinating and defecating.

Butterflies can only see the colors red, green, and yellow.

Yellowtail is the general name for loads of different species of fish that have yellow tails or a yellow body.

There are roughly twenty-four thousand species of butterflies.

A dik-dik is a tiny antelope that lives in East Africa, Namibia, and Angola.

Dik-diks weigh between three and six kilograms.

Female polar bears normally start having baby cubs at the age of four or five.

Fireflies are also known as lightning bugs.

Noctule bats fly before sunset, whereas Pipistrelles appear soon after sunset.

In general, Asiatic jerboas have five toes on their back feet and African jerboas have three.

Even though a polar bear’s average body temperature is 37°C; they don’t give off any detectable heat, so they won’t show up in infrared photographs.

Dogs can see better when the light is low.

Dumbledore isn’t only the Headmaster of Hogwarts; in fact, a dumbledore is an old English term for a type of bee.

Most young fireflies feed on nectar and pollen, although adult fireflies do not need to eat to survive.

79% of pet owners sleep with their pets.

Two dogs were among the Titanic survivors.

Many species of owls have special feathers for flying silently.

An elephant can smell water up to 3 miles away.

The animal on the Firefox logo is not a fox, but a red panda.

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  1. Johnkennedy Jatto July 12, 2020

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

  2. Rob May 27, 2019

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

  3. Nitishkrishna March 18, 2019

    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.

    1. Sam November 9, 2019

      actually only three percent of Antarctica is penguin urine

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