Animal Facts

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 Ants don't sleep.

 Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this, they cannot move their eyes.

 A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.

 The mouse is the most common mammal in the US.

 A newborn kangaroo is about 1 inch in length.

 A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

 The Canary Islands were not named for a bird called a canary. They were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae - "Island of Dogs."

 There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.

 A polecat is not a cat. It is a nocturnal European weasel.

 Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.

 A baby bat is called a pup.

 German Shepherds bite humans more than any other breed of dog.

 A female mackerel lays about 500,000 eggs at one time.

 It takes 35 to 65 minks to produce the average mink coat. The numbers for other types of fur coats are: beaver - 15; fox - 15 to 25; ermine - 150; chinchilla - 60 to 100.

 The animal responsible for the most human deaths world-wide is the mosquito.

 The biggest pig in recorded history was Big Boy of Black Mountain, North Carolina, who was weighed at 1,904 pounds in 1939.

 Cats respond most readily to names that end in an "ee" sound.

 A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.

 Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.

 Snakes are immune to their own poison.

 An iguana can stay under water for 28 minutes.

 Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.

 The biggest member of the cat family is the male lion, which weighs 528 pounds (240 kilograms).

 Most lipstick contains fish scales.

 Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.

 Each day in the US, animal shelters are forced to destroy 30,000 dogs and cats.

 A shrimp's heart is in their head.

 A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

 A cockroach will live nine days without its head, before it starves to death.

 The cat lover is an ailurophile, while a cat hater is an ailurophobe.

 A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.

 It may take longer than two days for a chick to break out of its shell.

 Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.

 Despite man's fear and hatred of the wolf, it has not ever been proved that a non-rabid wolf ever attacked a human.

 There are more than 100 million dogs and cats in the United States.

 Cat's urine glows under a black light.

 The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in length.

 It is estimated that a single toad may catch and eat as many as 10,000 insects in the course of a summer.

 Amphibians eyes come in a variety shapes and sizes. Some even have square or heart-shaped pupils.

 It would require an average of 18 hummingbirds to weigh in at 1 ounce.

 Dogs that do not tolerate small children well are the St. Bernard, the Old English sheep dog, the Alaskan malamute, the bull terrier, and the toy poodle.

 Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day.

 Howler monkeys are the noisiest land animals. Their calls can be heard over 2 miles away.

 A quarter of the horses in the US died of a vast virus epidemic in 1872.

 The fastest bird is the Spine-tailed swift, clocked at speeds of up to 220 miles per hour.
 There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard. A capon is a castrated rooster.

 The world's largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.

 The poison-arrow frog has enough poison to kill about 2,200 people.

 The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the grebe are all birds that cannot walk.

 The poisonous copperhead snake smells like fresh cut cucumbers.

 A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.

 Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.

 The blood of mammals is red, the blood of insects is yellow, and the blood of lobsters is blue.

 Cheetahs make a chirping sound that is much like a bird's chirp or a dog's yelp. The sound is so an intense, it can be heard a mile away.

 The underside of a horse's hoof is called a frog.

 The frog peels off several times a year with new growth.

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