Thursday, March 8, 2012

Today's Trivia – All About Animals

This week’s interesting but useless information is all about animals. Maybe we’ll all learn something new today...

- 75% of wild birds die even before they reach their first birthdays.

- Hippopotamuses secrete red sweat whenever they are upset.

- Hippos have stomachs that are ten-feet long.

- Hippos are the animals that can be considered “bullet-proof” because their skin is 1 ½ inch thick.

- Sharks do not get sick as they are immune to diseases.

- Dolphins are the second most intelligent animals. They can be trained to perform certain tricks.

- The top speed of a racing pigeon in flight is 110mph.

- A bison can jump as high as 6 feet off the ground.

- Some snails live on branches in trees.

- The fastest moving land snake is the Black Mamba, which can move up to 7 miles per hour.

- The honey badger can withstand hundreds of bee stings that would otherwise kill another animal.

- The word "moose" comes from the native Algonquian Indian word meaning "twig eater".

- An armadillo can walk under water.

- On average, a typical dairy cow lies down and stands up about 14 times a day.

- The Basenji dog is the only dog that is not able to bark.

- Before the fur trade had started in Canada, it was estimated that there were over 6 million beavers.

- A rabbit is not able to vomit.

- One of the most dangerous insects in the world is the common housefly. They carry and transmit more diseases than any other animal in the world.

- The Great White Shark can grow to be more than twenty feet long and can weigh approximately 4,000 pounds

- Any animal that has skin hair or fur can get dandruff, but in animals it is called "dander."

- A leech has 32 brains

- Armadillos breed in July, but get pregnant in November after delaying implantation. This allows the young to be born during the spring when there is an abundance of food

- Tarantulas can live up to 30 years

- Vampire bat saliva has been responsible for many advances in research into stroke recovery.

- Crabs have very small hairs on their claws and other parts of their body to help detect water currents and vibrations

- The biggest bug in the world is the Goliath Beetle which can weigh up to 3.5 ounces and be 4.5 inches long.

- When the only queen ant dies, so does the entire colony, because no new workers are born.

- Goats do not have upper front teeth.

- Octopus and squid are thought to be the most intelligent of all invertebrates.

- On average, a beaver can cut down two hundred trees a year.

- The fastest shark is the "Shortfin Mako," which can swim as fast as sixty miles per hour.

- The flatulation from domesticated cows produces about 30% of the methane on this planet.

- A slug has four noses.

- Rats have been sent into space aboard American, Chinese and Russian spacecraft.

- An adult sheep can eat between 1 to 4 kg of food per day.

- Cattle can produce up to 180 liters of saliva in one day.

- Dolphins hear by having sound waves transmit through their skull to their inner ear region.

- Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, dogs only have about ten.

- A butterfly can see the colors red, green, and yellow.

- Lions cannot roar until they reach the age of two.

- Panthers are known as black leopards, as they are the same species of leopard. If looked at closely, black spots can be seen on a panther.

- True spiders always have organs for spinning silk known as spinnerets.

- A species of dolphin is born naturally blind in the Indus and Ganges rivers in South Asia. These dolphins have a highly sophisticated sonar system and swim on only one side of their body/

- An oyster can change its gender.

- Polar bear livers contain so much Vitamin A that it can be fatal if eaten by a human.

- A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

- A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.

- A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

- A snail can sleep for three years.

- Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.

- A swordfish can live as long as 25 years and weigh up to 1,200 pounds.

- Polar bears are excellent swimmers. They have been known to swim more than 60 miles without a rest.

- The male howler monkey of Central and South America is the noisiest land animal, which can be heard clearly from a distance of ten miles away.

- Some dolphins can swim up to 40 kilometers an hour.

- Every single hamster in the United States today comes from a single litter captured in Syria in 1930.

- Wood frogs can be frozen solid and then thawed, and continue living. They use the glucose in their body to protect their vital organs while they are in a frozen state.

- An orca whale can hold its breath for up to 15 minutes.

- There are more than 2,400 flea species in the world.

- There are no two zebras that have stripes that are exactly the same.

- The quills of a porcupine are soft when they are born.


  1. I am glad to know that I have messed with the statistics on wild birds with my sunflowers.
    We know for sure we kept a female cardinal alive for years, she only had one leg and was easy to identify.

    1. A bird's life is pretty difficult. They're in constant danger, so the fact that you had a female cardinal alive for years is pretty impressive.

  2. I found it most interesting that goats don't have upper front teeth - especially considering all the chewing they do!

    1. I know; it's very odd. I wouldn't have expected that.

  3. Well the 32 muscles in cats ears sure does explain how they can rotate almost 360 degrees.

    1. It sure does. The way they work their ears is pretty amazing.

  4. Mama porcupines everywhere say thanks!

  5. Very cool, I printed out a copy of this for my girls to read, we all love random facts! I had no idea that hippos sweat red and a leech has 32 brains? That seems crazy!! :)

    1. I enjoy these random facts. Some of them are pretty strange...but fun!

  6. Hey, you have a pic of a capybara but I can't find an accompanying fact! How's this: World's largest and CUTEST rodent. :D

    1. I don't know, grumblebunny... I guess it's just a random photo!