Random Animal Facts

300 Random Animal Facts

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.