A 70 pound octopus can squeeze through a hole no bigger then a silver dollar because it has no backbone.
The Sahara desert in Africa is as large as all of the United States.
It takes 100 years for a cave stalactite to grow 1 inch!
Tremendous erosion at the base of Niagara Falls undermines the shale cliffs and as a result the falls have receded approximately 7 miles over the last 10,000 years.
No matter its size or thickness, no piece of paper can be folded in half more than 7 times.
By raising your legs slowly and laying on your back, you can’t sink in quicksand.
A large swarm of desert locusts can consume 20,000 tons of vegetation a day.
To put an alligator in a sleepy state, a handler rolls the gator onto its back and rubs its tummy.
Only one in 1,000 baby sea turtles reaches maturity.
Ever wonder how awful Hedgehog birth must be? Actually, baby hedgies are born with the spines just below the skin. Spines start to appear within 24 hours.
An adult lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles away.
Despite one of the fandom’s stereotypes…Arctic foxes are monogamous, usually mating for life. The father actually helps care for the young, making him one of nature’s best paternal figures. :K)
The blue whale can produce sounds up to 188 decibels. This is the loudest sound produced by a living animal and has been detected as far away as 530 miles. A blue whale’s heart alone may weigh 908 kg (2,000 lb.), as much as a small car. Their tongue weighs as much as an elephant!
The dromedary camel is capable of drinking 100 L (30 gal.) of water in just 10 minutes.
Florida panthers can leap more than 4 m (15 ft.) when pouncing on their prey. There are only 30-50 individuals left, making them one of the U.S.’s most endangered species.
Anteaters do not have teeth; instead, they have tongues can reach as much as two feet in length! They gather insects for food, extending their tongue up to 150 times per minute. They may eat 30,000 insects a day!
Giraffes have 45 cm (18 in.) long, purplish-black prehensile tongues. Mother giraffes often give birth standing, giving the newborn a 6 foot drop to the ground as their first taste of the world. Sheesh! Giraffes are one of the few species of mammal to perceive color, and their visual field approaches 360° from their tremendous height.
Within an hour after it is born, a zebra foal can run with the rest of the herd and can recognize its mother with smell and sight.
The distinctive coloration of killer whales is a type of camouflage known as disruptive coloration in which the color pattern of an animal contradicts the animal’s body shape. In the flickering, filtered sunlight of the sea, other animals may not recognize a killer whale as a potential predator.
A lemur’s soft, broad fingers and toes have flat nails that allow it to grip objects and groom other lemurs.
The particularly long legs of the maned wolf are likely an adapation which allows them to see above the tall grass in which they often hunt. They eat insects, fruit, and other vegetable matter as well as small mammals.
Unlike most other hibernators, female polar bears give birth while hibernating. I guess that’s one way to do it…
The sea otter’s dark brown fur is the finest and densest of any animal fur, with an estimated 650,000 hairs per square inch. They may spend as much as 48% of the daylight hours grooming their fur. (In other words, don’t let an otter use the bathroom in the morning before you do.)
Servals (a small slender cat) have long, powerful legs that are important for jumping. They have been known to jump as high as 3.6 m (12 ft.) to catch birds in mid air.
The longest recorded dive for a sperm whale was in excess of two hours.
The hyena is more closely related to the mongoose and cat than the dog.
Hippos were once thought to sweat blood. Actually, hippos secrete a pinkish colored oil that helps them keep their skin moist in the hot African climate. Hippos may live up to 40 years in the wild.
After hatching, young Komodo Dragons immediately climb trees to avoid being eaten by their cannibalistic elders. These guys definitely need social services.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A group of jellyfish is called a smack of jellyfish.
A group of ferrets is called a business. By the early 1900’s ferrets had migrated to the United States where they were used for rodent control. Later in the century ferrets often assisted industrialists pull telephone wiring underground and through pipes where human hands could not reach. (Always wondered how they did that…)
Ostriches are so powerful that a single kick at a predator, such as a lion, could be fatal. They can run as fast as 40 mph, and the female can somehow recognize her own eggs even when mixed in with others in a communal nest.
Swans are known to have a triumph ceremony. Such ceremonies occur when a male attacks a rival suitor, then returns to his potential mate to perform an elaborate ceremony while posturing and calling. In other words…swans do touch-down dances.
Barn owls are able to consume twice as much food as other owls in comparison to their weight. They are able to cover 100 acres each night in search of food. A single barn owl offspring is able to consume 25,000 mice a year.
Did you know that there are 206 bones in the adult human body and there are 300 in children? (As they grow some of the bones fuse together.)
The United States consumes 25% of all the world’s energy.
A Boeing 707 uses four thousand gallons of fuel in its take-off climb.
Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards.