300 Random Animal Facts

Random Animal Facts
Luke Ward
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There is only one pink bottlenose dolphin which has been discovered, in an inland lake in Louisiana, USA.

China has the most goats in the world, they have over 170 Million.

A chicken with red ear lobes will produce brown eggs, and a chicken with white ear lobes will produce white eggs.

One survey reports that 33 percent of dog owners admit they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on answering machines while they are away.

The average dog can run about 19 mph.

The owl has a small brain.

Snakes do not blink.

A squid’s eye can get as big as a basketball.

A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless.

Agrizoophobia is the fear of wild animals.

There are currently over a million animal species upon planet earth.

There are over 70,000 types of spiders spinning their webs in the world.

If you have a fear of chickens, then you actually have Alektorophobia.

Dogs can see in color, though they most likely see colors similar to a color-blind human.

Dogs have lived with humans for over 14,000 years.

There are 3,000 kinds of lice in the world.

The life of a housefly is only 14 days.

The lifespan of 75% of wild birds is 6 months.

Denmark has twice as many pigs as there are people.

National Dance Like A Chicken Day falls on 14th May every year.

The sailfish can swim at the speed of 109 km/h, making it the fastest swimmer.

The crocodile’s tongue is unmovable, as it is attached to the roof of its mouth.

Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on Earth and can run at speeds of 45 mph.

The Basenji is the worlds only bark-less dog.

Goats are quite agile creatures and in some cases they can jump over 5 feet.

In 2006, 253 fish-species were listed as critically endangered.

The hippopotamus’s skin is protected by its own pink oily secretion known as ‘pink sweat’.

The Tyrannosaurus Rex went extinct 65 million years ago.

The Irish deer is the largest deer to have ever existed. It went into extinction approximately 7,700 years ago.

It costs approximately $10,000 to train a federally certified search and rescue dog.

The color red doesn’t really make bulls angry; they are color-blind.

A herd of unicorns is called a blessing.

The oldest recorded elephant lived for 82 years.

According to records there are 50 million monkeys in the world!

There are an estimated 400 million dogs in the world.

Goats were the first animals to be used for milk by humans.

The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world. France has the second highest.

There are over 2700 types of snakes in the world and they live in deserts, forests, oceans, streams, lakes.

Cows from different areas have a different moo accent.

The male goat is called a “buck” or “billy”.

The female goat is called a “doe” or “nanny”.

A baby goat is called a “kid”.

Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints and can be used to identify them.

Ailurophobia is the fear of cats.

Ichthyophobia is the fear of fish.

Female bald eagles are 25% larger than males.

Frogs don’t drink water. They absorb water through their skin.

Suriphobia is the fear of mice.

There are over 210 breeds of goats in the world.

A polar bear’s outer fur is called ‘guard hair’.

An adult lion’s roar is so loud; it can be heard up to five miles away.

There is a shark called ‘goblin shark’ which has only been seen around 50 times since its discovery in 1897.

There are approximately 450 million goats around the world.

Dalmatians are completely white at birth.

A beaver’s teeth never stop growing.

Apiphobia is the fear of bees.

The average dolphin eats one-third of its weight on food each day.

Goats and octopus’ pupils of their eyes are rectangular.

African elephants only have four teeth to chew their food with.

The scales of a crocodile are made of keratin, the same substance that hooves and fingernails are made of.

Crocodiles eat stones.

Crocodiles have brains no larger than a cigar.

Cheetahs were trained by man for hunting as long as 3000 BC.

Horses can’t vomit.

Both male and female caribou grow antlers.

Alternate American names for the Elk are the moose and the Wapiti.

A group of frogs is called an army.

Tigers can see 6 times better at night than humans.

Starfish don’t die of old age.

A male gorilla can eat 40 pounds of food a day.

A group of whales is called a pod.

Female harp seals get in groups to have their babies one mating season is over.

When giraffes age, their fur darkens.

Heron’s eggs have a greenish-blue pale color.

You are more likely to be killed by a champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.

All dolphins have a different whistle.

Scientists had to go 45 million years back in history to find the elephant’s oldest ancestor.

Tiger Day is the last Sunday in September.

There is no visual difference between male and female herons.

A full-grown bear can run as fast as a horse.

Hyenas regularly eat the faeces of other animals.

Frogs cannot swallow without blinking.

A giraffe has the same number of bones in its neck as a man.

Moose have very poor vision. Some have even tried to mate with cars.

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

African elephants have bigger ears than Indian elephants.

There is no record of a human being attacked by a healthy wolf.

Hummingbirds are the only birds who can fly backwards.

Dolphins can eat up to 30 pounds of fish a day.

There’s a spider in Brazil whose bites can cause an erection that lasts for hours!

There are no ants in Iceland, Greenland, and Antarctica.

Before they’re even born, sand tiger sharks eat their twin brothers and sisters!

Jellyfish evaporate in the sun. They’re 98% water.

Rooster is simply a male chicken.

Pikachu is a mouse type Pokémon.

Some lions mate over 50 times a day.

The Big Five is a group of animals of Africa: cape buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion and rhino.

The slowest fish is the sea horse, which moves along at about 0.01 mph (0.016 km/h).

Millions of trees are accidentally planted by squirrels that bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.

The lifespan of a bush baby is 14 years.

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101 Comments

  1. Johnkennedy Jatto 12 July 2020

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

  2. Rob 27 May 2019

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

  3. Nitishkrishna 18 March 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 9 November 2019

      actually only three percent of Antarctica is penguin urine

  4. Callum 10 February 2019

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

  5. Yasir Abbasi 12 May 2018

    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.

  6. Madeleine Bean 28 March 2018

    There is a v in “over” lmfao

  7. Kevin 22 March 2018

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

  8. Gabriella Lillith Elliot 27 February 2018

    #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. Gabriella Lillith Elliot 27 February 2018

    #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. Deeksha 23 September 2017

    there is a V in over …

  11. Patrick Lister 13 September 2017

    “T”he quick brown fox smh

  12. Leanne Roberts-Elza 31 July 2017

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

  13. Jen D 29 July 2017

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

  14. Jen D 29 July 2017

    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.

  15. John Chuckran 11 July 2017

    # 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……

  16. John Chuckran 11 July 2017

    #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.

  17. De James 16 June 2017

    The “v” is in “over”

  18. Brooke Williams 5 December 2016

    #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.

  19. Ashton 29 September 2016

    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. John Smith 28 July 2016

    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)

    1. Sean Nathaniel Duncan 7 February 2017

      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 :)

      1. John Chuckran 13 July 2017

        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.

  21. Bob Shiry 3 May 2016

    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. Joel 13 April 2016

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

    1. Madeleine Bean 28 March 2018

      In fox.

    2. Francey 14 April 2016

      fox, you literally said it

      1. Alyssa 22 March 2017

        oh joel… you need help

  23. Joanie 24 February 2016

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

  24. Joanie 24 February 2016

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

  25. Jen 21 April 2015

    A cow has 1 stomach but regurgitates multiple times.

  26. Sarah Buela 9 December 2014

    search up the ‘African Unicorn’ ;-)

  27. Kari Elaine Michael 26 November 2014

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

    1. Brooke Williams 5 December 2016

      Shar-pei have black/blue tounges as well

    2. Lorne Jordan 14 October 2016

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

  28. Gavin 26 November 2014

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

  29. Chris 17 November 2014

    write about hippopotamus

  30. Marie 5 November 2014

    for number 61… snakes also have two penis

  31. Link 7 October 2014

    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!

  32. Max M 12 September 2014

    You read ALL of them!!??

  33. Claire 11 September 2014

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

  34. Emmanuel 4 September 2014

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

  35. Luke Ward 17 July 2014

    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 :)

    1. Abby 5 December 2017

      it sure did!

  36. Elsa123 5 June 2014

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

  37. Allan Clegg 22 April 2014

    Just add the word very to 24

  38. Courtney 21 April 2014

    This is Courtney again.I was wrong about number 24

  39. Courtney 21 April 2014

    Number 24 is incorrect

  40. boohoo 15 February 2014

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

    1. Mo 24 June 2014

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

    2. anonymous 21 February 2014

      oVer

  41. aemry 22 August 2013

    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.

  42. Megan Bailey 23 June 2013

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

  43. Da bomb 23 June 2013

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

  44. Jam Ward 10 June 2013

    Hey, thanks for letting us know!

  45. Quinanator 6 June 2013

    I heard that giraffes make a really deep neigh

  46. HEY 22 May 2013

    GET IT IN LOIN!! :) in number 296

  47. Jamie Marie Smith 1 April 2013

    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

  48. Guest 1 April 2013

    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

  49. Darkeonz 27 January 2013

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

    1. Derp Elisygen 11 May 2014

      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.

  50. ola o 24 January 2013

    wow! This is amazing…

  51. onepie14 7 December 2012

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

  52. onepie14 7 December 2012

    280 doesn’t he mean faces not faecs

  53. onepie14 7 December 2012

    (28)Well duh elephant teeth are huge

  54. onepie14 7 December 2012

    296 is gross

  55. who cares 11 October 2012

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

  56. me 26 September 2012

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

  57. Person91 2 September 2012

    Most of these facts are completely and utterly wrong

    1. anonymous 21 February 2014

      write the correct list then

  58. derp 12 August 2012

    Thus my little pony: Friendship is Magic is born.

    1. joshua 8 March 2013

      what r u takeing about

  59. Joshua 2 July 2012

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

  60. Joshua 1 July 2012

    Why Crocodiles Eat Stones? They Eat Gravestones!

  61. Savy 18 June 2012

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

  62. Juicebox 21 May 2012

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

  63. Karyhartword 19 May 2012

    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

    1. savy 18 June 2012

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

  64. Tim 8 May 2012

    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.

  65. Tim 8 May 2012

    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.

  66. Death Itself 8 May 2012

    That elephant during WW2 made my day!!!

  67. Brett 25 April 2012

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

  68. Ruby 22 April 2012

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

  69. Trollface 20 March 2012

    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.

    1. Jam Ward 21 March 2012

      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 ;)

  70. KittenShocked 20 March 2012

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

  71. Some Guy 19 March 2012

    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.

  72. Anitaselleck 16 March 2012

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

  73. Eve 15 March 2012

    Huge list. Great post.

  74. Onalamaj 22 February 2012

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

  75. Rosa 21 February 2012

    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

  76. rilwan ayobami 13 February 2012

    interesting facts

  77. Umm... 19 January 2012

    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.

  78. patricio 16 January 2012

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

  79. KCK 6 January 2012

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

  80. Yourcool 15 September 2011

    Wooow lies

  81. Charity 30 August 2011

    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

    1. Mo 24 June 2014

      DARK chocolate

    2. Idiotfinder 15 September 2012

      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.

  82. AJohnson 29 July 2011

    298 has been put in twice

  83. Agate_man 11 April 2011

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