300 Random Animal Facts

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

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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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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