Updated on September 30th, 2016
Animal Kingdom is multifaceted, exciting and interesting, and which is filled with lots and lots of animals of various species. Facts about animals are amazing, which blow your mind. We’ve gathered a few amazing animal facts you probably didn’t know.
So guys, be alert and ready to be amazed and surprised by some startling facts about these magnificent creatures:
Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards and their wings can beat at up to 80 times per second.
Contrary to popular belief, French poodles actually originated in Germany. Maybe you should’ve named her Gretl instead of Fifi.
Pigs communicate constantly with one another; more than 20 vocalizations have been identified that pigs use in different situations, from wooing mates to saying, “I’m hungry!”
The slowest fish is the seahorse, which moves along at about 0.01 mph.
Dogs’ nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints and can be used to identify them.
6. Blue Whale
Humpback whales create the loudest sound of any mammal. And you thought the loudest sound came from that two-year-old you sat next to on your trans-continental flight, didn’t you?
You might want to thank a squirrel the next time you enjoy the shade of a tree. Millions of trees are accidentally planted by squirrels that bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.
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Giraffes have no vocal cords and their tongues are blue-black in color.
You can tell a turtle’s gender by the noise it makes. Males grunt and females hiss.
Don’t try this at home, but a snail can grow back a new eye if it loses one.
Butterflies have two compound eyes consisting of thousands of lenses, yet they can only see the colors red, green and yellow.
12. Sea otters
Sea otters hold each other’s hands while sleeping. The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) is a marine mammal native to the coasts of the northern and eastern North Pacific Ocean.
Beware an ant uprising! There are one million ants for every human in the world. These resilient creatures also never sleep and do not have lungs.
Because beavers’ teeth never stop growing, they must constantly gnaw on objects to keep them at a manageable length. Their teeth would eventually grow into their brain if they didn’t maintain them.
Koala bears almost exclusively eat only eucalyptus leaves and nothing else.
Elephants can smell water up to 3 miles away. They are also one of the three mammals that undergo menopause – the other two being humpback whales and human females.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. All the better for them to eavesdrop on your conversations and plot your demise.
Rats laugh when tickled. Rats are various medium-sized, long-tailed rodents of the superfamily Muroidea. “True rats” are members of the genus Rattus, the most important of which to humans are the black rat, Rattus rattus, and the brown rat, Rattus norvegicus.
Here’s a tidbit that might be useful if you plan on becoming the next Steve Irwin: To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaw, push your thumb into its eyeball – It will let you go instantly.
Tigers not only have stripes on their fur, they also have them on their skin. No two tigers ever have the same stripes.
On average, there are 50,000 spiders per acre in green areas. Bet you’ll think twice before going outside now – unless you’re this guy.
Kangaroos use their tails for balance, so if you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground, it can’t hop.
Bats are the only mammals that can fly, but wouldn’t it be awesome if humans could fly too?
Ostriches can run faster than horses, and the male ostriches can roar like lions.
Houseflies don’t allow their short lifespans (14 days) to hinder their musical abilities. They always hum in the key of F.
26. Honey Bee
A honey bee has two stomachs. A honey bee is any bee member of the genus Apis, primarily distinguished by the production and storage of honey and the construction of perennial, colonial nests from wax.
27. Killer Whales
Killer whales are actually a species of dolphin. The killer whale or orca (Orcinus orca) is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas.
Gorillas can catch human cold. Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Africa. The eponymous genus Gorilla is divided into two species: the eastern gorillas and the western gorillas, and either four or five subspecies.
Chickens with red ear lobes lay brown eggs, and chickens with white ear lobes lay white eggs. The chicken is a type of domesticated fowl, a subspecies of the red junglefowl. It is one of the most common and widespread domestic animals.
A cockroach can survive decapitation. Cockroaches are insects of the order Blattodea, which also includes termites. About 30 cockroach species out of 4,600 are associated with human habitats. About four species are well known as pests.
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