All About Animals

Animal Facts


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1. Penguins can jump as high as 6 feet in the air.

2. The ostrich is the world’s largest bird.

3. The hummingbird is the world’s smallest bird.

4. The elephant is the world’s largest land mammal.

5. The kangaroo is the world’s largest marsupial.

6. The polar bear is the world’s largest land predator.

7. The giraffe is the tallest land animal.

8. Sharks can sense a drop of blood in the water from up to a mile away.

9. A bee can sting you once and die, or it can sting you multiple times and live.

10. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

11. A dog’s nose print is as unique as a human fingerprint.

12. The average lifespan of a house cat is around 15 years.

13. Tigers are the world’s largest cats.

14. Camels can go for weeks without water.

15. Penguins can swim up to 22 miles per hour.

16. Dolphins sleep with one eye open.

17. Koalas eat eucalyptus leaves, which are toxic to most other animals.

18. The giant anteater has the longest tongue of any mammal, it can be 2 feet long.

19. Wolves howl to communicate with each other over long distances.

20. A group lion is called a pride.

21. A group of flamingos is called a flamboyance.

22. An octopus has three hearts.

23. The platypus is one of the few mammals that lay eggs.

24. Bats are the only mammals that can fly.

25. A hummingbird’s heart beats up to 1,200 times per minute.

26. There are over 8 million animal species on Earth, we still have much to learn about them all.

27. Each year, scientists discover around 18,000 new species of animals.

28. Despite their small size, ants can carry loads up to 50 times their weight.

29. The lemur is the world’s fastest developing mammal, it reaches sexual maturity within 5 months.

30. The world’s largest zoo is in Berlin, Germany. It covers an amazing 83 hectares.

31. The Komodo dragon eats up to 80 percent of its body weight each day.

32. Sloths sleep for 15 hours a day, the least of any mammal.

33. Pandas eat as much as 40 pounds of bamboo a day.

34. Chickens can run at speeds of 14 mph.

35. The only mammal that is unable to jump is the elephant.

36. Owls are one of the few animals that can see the color blue.

37. Cattle were domesticated more than 10,000 years ago and 1.3 billion cows are living on Earth today.

38. A dolphin breathes through a blowhole on top of its head, which closes when it dives underwater.

39. The African elephant weighs as much as six adult elephants combined.

40. A quarter of all mammals living in Australia’s tropical rainforest live nocturnally.

41. Crocodiles cannot stick their tongues out, they do not have muscles for this motion.

42. Dolphins sleep with one eye open to keep watch for predators.

43. The longest a spider has been recorded living is 29 years.

44. A group of lizards is called a colony.

45. There are more than 10,000 different types of spiders in the world.

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