Thursday, January 27, 2011

Today's Trivia - Animals

Time for some more useless but interesting information about animals...

- At birth, a panda bear is smaller than a mouse.

- A hedgehog's heart beats 300 times a minute on average.

- A group of kangaroos is called a mob.

- A group of geese on the ground is a gaggle. A group of geese in the air is a skein.

- A group of frogs is called an army.

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

- A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue.

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

- A dragonfly has a lifespan of 24 hours. (Sad...)

- A crocodile always grows new teeth to replace the old teeth.

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

- A completely blind chameleon will still take on the colors of its environment.

- A chicken will lay bigger and stronger eggs if you change the lighting in such a way as to make them think a day is 28 hours long!

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

- A blue whale's heart is the size of a Volkswagen Beetle. (Wow...)

- A blue whale's aorta (the main blood vessel) is large enough for a human to crawl through.

- A bird 'chews' with its stomach.

- A baby octopus is about the size of a flea at birth.

- A baby eel is called an elver; a baby oyster is called a spat.

- 7,000 new insect species are discovered every year.

- A species of earthworm in Australia grows up to 10 feet in length. (This totally freaks me out...)

- A snail can sleep for three years. (So can my husband...)

- A shrimp's heart is in its head.

- A rodent's teeth never stop growing.

- A rat can go without water longer than a camel can.

- A rat can fall from a five story building without injury.

- A queen bee uses her stinger only to sting another queen bee.

- A polar bear's skin is black. Its fur is not white, but actually clear.

- A moth has no stomach.

- A mole can dig a tunnel 300 feet long in just one night. (Impressive...)

- A marine catfish can taste with any part of its body.

- A male baboon can kill a leopard. (Very impressive...)

- A lion's roar can be heard from more than five miles away.

- A Koala Bear sleeps 22 hours of every day.

- A killer whale's heart beats 30 times a minute under water, 60 times a minute on the surface.

- A kangaroo cannot jump if its tail is off the ground.

- A jellyfish is 95 percent water.

- A hippo can open its mouth wide enough to fit a 4 foot tall child inside!

- A tuna fish can swim 100 miles in a single day.

- A spider's silk is stronger than steel.

- A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.

- An albatross can sleep while it flies.

- All the pet hamsters in the world are descended from a single wild golden Hamster found in Syria in 1930!

- All species of beetles are edible. ( way...)

- After eating, a housefly regurgitates its food and then eats it again! (Oh, gross...)

- According to scientific studies, a rat's performance in a maze can be improved by playing music written by Mozart.

- An elephant's tooth can weigh as much as 12 pounds.

- An elephant trunk has no bone but 40,000 muscles.

- An eagle can attack, kill, and carry away an animal as large as a small deer. (Wow...)

- An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.

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