Did You Know?

The butterfly was original called a ”flutterby”!

A lobster’s blood is colorless, but when exposed to oxygen turns blue

The only continent with no active volcanoes is Australia

Birds need gravity to swallow

Pearls melt in vinegar..

Giraffes and cats can last longer without water than camels

Camels’ milk doesn’t curdle

At birth Dalmatians are always white

Dragonflies have 6 legs but cannot walk!

Hippopotamuses have killed more people in Africa than any other animal

Cows don’t have upper front teeth

It is physically impossible for pigs to look at the sky

A group of rhinos is called a crash

A cat’s urine glows under a black light

Squirrels cannot burp or vomit

Dog’s sense of smell is 100.000 times stronger than humans’, but they have just 0ne-sixth of our number of taste buds

Butterflies can taste with their feet, so do flies.

Young goats pick up accents from each other

A human brain operates on about 15 watts

Honeybees can flap their wings 200 times a second

The recently discovered “bone-house wasps” stuff the walls of their nests with dead ants

A wolf’s sense of smell is 100 times better a human sense of smell

There are 185 invasive animal species in the Great Lakes

Only 1/2 half of young reindeer will make it to maturity

Cormorants will vomit on their predators, they “offer” them their last meal, so they won’t get eaten

Baby Nile crocodiles stay with mom for 2 years

Sunflowers are Heliotropic , which means they turn there “face” with the sun

Rabbits like licorice (and so does my dog…)

Lemons contain more sugar than strawberries

An ostrich’ egg is bigger than it’s brain

The longest recorded flight of a chicken was 13 seconds!

Almonds are members of the peach family

The naming of tropical storms officially began in 1953

Frogs cannot swallow with their eyes open

Hummingbirds are the only bird that can fly backward

A hummingbird’s heart beats at over 1,000 times a minute

An octopus’ pupil is rectangular

The Amazon rainforest produces half the world’s oxygen supply

A group of kangaroos is called a mob

Bears only eat female salmon (when fish is abundant) to get at the eggs!

Owls don’t have eyeballs they have eye tubes

Male Gentoo and Adelie penquins “propose” to each other by giving their mate a pebble

Cats and horses are highly susceptible to black widow venom, but dogs are relatively resistant. Sheep and rabbits are apparently immune.

Reindeer eyeballs turn blue in winter to help them see at lower light levels

The claws of the mantis shrimp can accelerate as quick as a .22 caliber bullet

By eating insect pests, bats save the US Agriculture industry an estimated $3 billion per year

The sounds of a humpback whale can be heard up to 15 km

An arctic fox can have up to 25 kits!

The arctic tern flies the farthest of all birds

Up to 40 cormorants can nest in one tree together

The acacia is one (if not the only) hardiest tree on the planet, roots go down to 80 meters below ground, it is also called “the tree of life”, it can withstand extreme cold and heat

85% of plant life is in the ocean!

Koalas sleep 18 hours a day

Armadillos have 4 babies at a time and they are all the same sex!

Most lipsticks contain fish scales!

Hummingbirds can’t walk

African Grey parrots have vocabularies of over 200 words

Elephants are the only mammal that cannot jump

A duck cannot walk without bobbing it’s head

A strawberry is the only fruit with seeds on the outside

Reindeer hair is hollow like a tube (extra insulation against cold)

Cats cannot move their jaw sideways

A group of frogs is called an army

The only animals that purr are cats

Horses use facial expressions as well to communicate

Animals with smaller bodies and faster metabolisms, SEE in slow motion

Octopuses have 3 hearts

Sharks kill fewer than 10 people per year. Humans kill 100 million per year (all species, all sizes)

A group of parrots is called a pandemonium

Warm weather causes more turtles to be born female then male

A single strand of spider silk is thinner than a human hair but also five times stronger than steel the same width. A rope jut 2 inches thick could reportedly stop a Boeing 747

Reindeer grow new antlers every year, they have the largest antlers relative to their body size then any other species

Lemmings are mature enough at 4 months to have offspring

The arctic poppy is the farthest growing flower

The whale shark, the largest fish on earth, can weigh up to 34 tons

The 8th spot on the head of a rattle snake is always a U shape, whereas the first ones are butterfly shapes