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Did you know....some interesting facts

  • The world's smallest winged insect, the Tanzanian parasitic wasp, is smaller than the eye of a housefly.
  • The frog was an ancient Egyptian symbol, later adopted by the conquering Romans. The Frog-headed goddess Hekt was the goddess of birth and fertility, and later also of resurrection.
  • The study of ants is called Myrmecology.
  • You are more likely to be killed by a Champagne cork than by a poisonous spider.
  • On average, people fear spiders more than they do death.
  • About 600 species of plants are carnivorous. Most eat insects but also on the menu are frogs, birds and even small monkeys.
  • Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.
  • Camels have three eyelids to protect themselves from blowing sand.
  • "Eat like a bird?" Many birds eat twice their weight a day.
  • The Honey Badger can withstand hundreds of African bee stings that would kill any other animal.
  • Goat's eyes have rectangular pupils.
  • Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
  • A flamingo can eat only when its head is upside down.
  • Butterflies taste with their hind feet.
  • Birds sometimes do not sleep in their nests. They may occasionally nap in them, but they actually sleep in other places.
  • In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  • Mosquitoes are attracted to the colour blue twice as much as to any other colour.
  • Mosquitoes have been found to prefer biting people with smelly feet.
  • Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, and blondes to brunettes.
  • A bee can see the colours green, blue and ultra-violet - but red looks like black.
  • A rhinoceros beetle can support up to 850 times its own weight on it's back. That would be the equivalent of a man carrying 76 family-sized cars around on his back.
  • There are an estimated five million, trillion, trillion bacteria on Earth.
  • Over 10,000 birds a year die from smashing into windows.
  • When a queen bee lays the fertilized eggs that will develop into new queens, only one of the newly laid queens actually survives. The first new queen that emerges from her cell destroys all other queens in their cells and, thereafter, reigns alone.
  • The cat was domesticated over 4,000 years ago. Today's house cats are descended from wildcats in Africa and Europe .
  • Many fish can change sex during the course of their lives. Others, especially rare deep-sea fish, have both male and female sex organs.
  • Camel milk does not curdle.
  • Cats respond better to women than men. One reason this might be is that women have higher pitched voices than men.
  • It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  • The largest cockroach on record is one measured at 3.81 inches in length.
  • A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.
  • Snakes are immune to their own poison.
  • The cockroach is the fastest animal on 6 legs, covering a meter a second.
  • The honeybee kills more people world-wide than all the poisonous snakes combined.
  • A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but monkeys can't.
  • A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.
  • Honeybees may collect pollen from as many as 500 flowers, all of the same species - in a single trip.
  • About three new species of bird are discovered each year.
  • Of the 4000 species of mammals on the planet, there are 900 different species of bats.
  • A snail only mates once.
  • A snail can sleep 3 years.
  • A snail's genitals are on its head.
  • The fastest moving land snail, the common garden snail, has a speed of 0.0313 mph.
  • Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that they can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.
  • Flamingos are not naturally pink. They get their color from their food -- tiny green algae that turn pink during digestion.
  • Flies have 4000 lenses in each eye.
  • A fifteen year old cat has probably spent ten years of its life sleeping.
  • Of all known forms of animal life ever to inhabit the Earth, only about 10 percent still exist today.
  • Spider monkeys like banana daquiries.
  • A large porcupine can have over 30,000 quills covering its body.
  • Other than fruit, honey is the only natural food that is made without destroying any kind of life! What about milk, you say? A cow has to eat grass to produce milk and grass is living!
  • The word rodent comes from the Latin word `rodere' meaning to gnaw.
  • You can hypnotise a frog by placing it on it's back and gently stroking it's stomach.
  • Many animals seem to be able to detect the Earth's magnetism. The Arctic Tern's migratory route follows the Earth's lines of magnetic force. Many other animals such as sea turtles, whales, birds and fish may also use the Earth's magnetism to find their way.
  • One in four animals on our planet is a beetle!
  • If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death.
  • Spiders have noses on their feet that can pick up the odours of possible prey, predators, or mates.
  • Reptiles were responsible for such body part innovations as fur, feathers, claws, differentiated teeth, water impervious skin, water impervious eggs, and the penis.
  • A male moth can smell a female moth from 100 yards away.
  • Mosquito repellents don't repel - they hide you. The spray blocks the mosquito's sensors so they don't know you're there.
  • The owl can catch a mouse in utter darkness, guided only by tiny sounds made by its prey.
  • A young male gorilla (about 8 to 10 years old) is called a black jack. He's almost as big as a Silver Back, but his hair has not turned silvery yet, and he still has a lot to learn.
  • Ants are said to never cross a chalk line. So if you've got ants, draw a line on the floor with chalk or wherever the ants are coming in and see for yourself! They won't cross the line. Baking soda works, too!
  • All dogs are probably descended from an animal called Tomarctus. This animal lived approximately 15 million years ago.
  • A mature male gorilla is called a Silver back This refers to the silver-colored hair covering his back, which occurs when he's about 10-12 years old.
  • The only two animals that can see behind itself without turning it's head are the rabbit and the parrot.
  • You're more likely to get stung by a bee on a windy day than in any other weather.
  • When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food.
  • Dolphins are the only other animals besides humans that get pleasure out of sex. They are also the only other animals that have sex for reasons other than reproduction.
  • More than 99.9% of all the animal species that have ever lived on earth were extinct before the coming of man.
  • According to one study, plant and animal species are becoming extinct at the rate of 17 per hour.
  • In the last 4000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
  • Scientists estimate that there are currently 1.4 million animal species known to science; with possibly as many as 30 million on the planet.
  • When a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring is called a hinny.
  • Rats are omnivorous, eating nearly any type of food, including dead and dying members of their own species.
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  • Ants don't sleep.
  • Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this, they cannot move their eyes.
  • A bird requires more food in proportion to its size than a baby or a cat.
  • The turkey was named for what was wrongly thought to be its country of origin.
  • In its entire lifetime, the average worker bee produces 1/12th teaspoon of honey.
  • You're more likely to be a target for mosquitoes if you eat bananas.
  • The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat.
  • Hummingbirds are the only animal that can also fly backwards.
  • Insects do not make noises with their voices. The noise of bees, mosquitoes and other buzzing insects is caused by rapidly moving their wings
  • The cockroach is the fastest animal on 6 legs  covering a meter a second.
  • The only 2 animals that can see behind itself without turning it's head are the rabbit and the parrot.
  • A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.
  • The world's largest mammal, the blue whale, weighs 50 tons at birth. Fully grown, it weighs as much as 150 tons.
  • The world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand , weighing less than a penny.


 
 
   
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