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20 Interesting Facts about Animals

Updated on October 5, 2012

Some interesting facts about animals you may or may not know

  • A two day old Gazelle can sprint at 96 km/h (60mph) and outrun an adult racehorse.
  • When a hippopotamus becomes exited it's sweat turns a red colour.
  • Polar bears always attack or defend with their left hand first
  • A camel can close it's nose when there is a sandstorm
  • The elephant is the only animal with four knees.
  • There are approximately 150 ants for every human on the planet
  • The eye of a dragon fly has approximately 28000 lenses in it
  • Dalmatians are born without spots
  • The stripes on a zebra are similar to the human fingerprint in that no two are alike.
  • If a tuna fish stops swimming it will die.

  • An owl is able to turn its head in a complete circle
  • The camel has no gall bladder
  • A newly hatched crocodile is three times larger than the egg from which it emerged.
  • The neck of a giraffe has the same number of vertebrae as a human.
  • Snails only mate once in their lifetime. However it can last for up to 12 hours
  • Queen bees can lay up to 3000 eggs in a day
  • Koala bears get their names from the aboriginal words which means no drink and in fact they don't need to drink. They get all the liquid they need from the eucalyptus leaves they eat.
  • Termites produce substances in their bodies which rust metal, disintegrate glass and burn through lead.
  • When a flea jumps the rate of acceleration is almost thirty times greater than the speed at which a human being blacks out.
  • Flamingos eat with their head upside down.


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    • Apostle Jack profile image

      Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

      Good hub.

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      HotUrban 6 years ago from

      Glad you like them. This was my first hub so wasn't sure what sort of response I'd get.

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      lisa42 6 years ago from Sacramento

      Amazing! Most of these facts were new to me, and the one that astonished me the most is that koalas don't need to drink. Wow. I had no idea.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Thanks. I learned some new things today from your hub.

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      Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

      Very, very cool facts. Thanks!