Animals Random Facts and Trivia Part 1

A list of weird random facts and trivia about various animals, birds, fish, insects and so on.

Animal Facts and Oddities

Male silkworm moths have such a keen sense of smell they can detect a sexy female moth 6 1/2 mi. away.

Flying fish can stay airborne for 1,000'. Supported by air currents, they glide through the air simply because they can and they enjoy it.

Land crabs found in Cuba can run faster than a horse.

Plover birds of Egypt ride the backs of crocodiles and enter the croc's mouth to pick its teeth.

Canaries and other birds are responsible for seeding much of the wild-growing marijuana in the U.S. If harvested, the wild marijuana growing within a short distance of New York and New Jersey would make 15 million cigarettes.

Crocodiles and alligators are the only members of the reptile family that have loud voices.

Lineus longissimus is the longest worm in the world, sometimes reaching a length of 180'.

Tortoises of the Galapagos Islands can live to be 190 years of age.

Whales weighing 195 tons and mice weighing 3 ounces develop from the same size eggs.

Bee hummingbirds are so small it takes 18 of them to weigh one ounce.

Savi's white-toothed shrews, the smallest known mammals (they weigh 0.1 ounce), eat 3.33 times their own weight every day.

Hoatzin birds of South America are born with claws on their wings as well as on their feet to aid them in climbing about in trees.

Reptiles, unlike most creatures, have 2 lower jawbones that hinge to allow them to swallow food larger than their bodies.

Cobras strike and kill 10,000 people annually in India alone.

Red-eyed vireo birds have perfect pitch and will repeat their calls, note for note, 22,000 times a day without the slightest variation.

Fish have been seen at 35,000' depths where pressure can be more than 1,000 atmospheres.

Capybaras, South America's water hogs, grow to be 4.5' long and weigh up to 150 lbs. They are the world's largest rodents.

Candiru, South America's tiny parasite fish found in the Orinoco and Amazon rivers, will enter the body of a swimmer through the lower body orifices. Unless detected and removed surgically they will ultimately reach the bladder and cause death.

Ants are equipped with 5 different noses, each designed to accomplish a different task.

Gazelles drink no water. Their chemical processes extract moisture from solid food.

Brown rats double their population every 100 years and have been the mammal greatest in number, but in the 1970s they will take 2nd place to humans, who double their population every 35 years.

Whale flippers have a skeletal frame similar to man's upper arm, forearm, wrist, and fingers.

Baldheaded eagles are larger at age 2 than when fully mature.

Bonefish have tongues that can exert a crushing power of 60 lbs.

Bird species throughout the world have dwindled from 1.5 million to about 10,000 in the last 70 million years.

Reptiles are cold-blooded creatures with no built-in temperature control. They live at the mercy of their surroundings.

Swifts are the world's fastest birds. They zoom along at 200 mph.

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