- The Kiwi produces the biggest egg for its body size
- Insects outnumber humans 100,000,000 to one
- Shark skin has tiny tooth-like scales all over
- Chameleons (small lizards) can move their eyes in two directions at the same time.
- Koalas never drink water. They get fluids from the eucalyptus leaves they eat
- Lacking a collar-bone, the deer mouse can flatten it's body so much it can
squeeze into an opening one quarter of an inch high.
- A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime
- Individual Orcas can be identified by their dorsal fins and saddle patches. These characteristics are unique for each orca just as human fingerprints are all different. Vocalization characteristics are also unique for each individual
- The orca is the largest member of the dolphin family, and is not really a whale. Due to its size, however, the orca is frequently included in discussions of whales.
- In the wild, orcas are thought to live to seventy or eighty years of age. There is some evidence that females live longer than males, and the average life expectancy of male
Orcas is around forty to fifty years.
- Orcas reach sexual maturity around the same age as humans
- Flamingos feed with their hook-shaped bill by holding their head upside-down and scooping through mud and shallow water; ridges on their bill act to filter debris
- Some owls have fringes on their primary feathers to enable silent flight. But this isn't so its prey won't hear the owl, but so that the owl can hear its prey!
- When sharks take a bite, their eyes roll back and their teeth jut out.
- A pachyderm is not just an elephant. The word means 'thick skin'. Other pachyderms include the rhinoceros and the hippo
- Vegetarian mammals produce more methane (they fart more) than carnivorous mammals
- Male Raccoons are the only mammals with an actual bone in their penis
- Flies jump
backwards when they take off
- The red bumps on a turkey's head are called caruncles
- Hippopotamuses do eighty percent of their vocalization under water.
- More than 20,000,000 seahorses are harvested each year for folk medicinal purposes. The world seahorse population has dropped 70% in the past 10 years.
- About 80 percent of all bird species in the world inhabit wetlands. These wetlands provide rest stops for migrating birds with water, bountiful food supplies and shelter.
- The largest insects that ever lived on the earth were giant dragonflies with wing spans of over 3 feet.
- Camels chew in a figure 8 pattern
- Cats, camels and giraffes are the only animals in the world that walk right foot, right foot, left foot, left foot, rather than right foot, left foot