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Strange and Interesting Animal Facts

Updated on December 4, 2012
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Strange Behavior in Animals

  • Crocodiles will sometimes swallow stones that will stay permanently in their stomach so they can dive deeper.
  • A bat will always turn left when leaving a cave.
  • The eyes of an ostrich are as big as billiard balls and the brain is much smaller than the eyes.
  • You can lead a cow up the stairs but you won't be able to get them to come back down the stairs.
  • Houseflies are recyclers in the truest sense of the word. They regurgitate their food and eat it again.
  • Zebras cannot see the color orange.
  • Slugs have four noses, none of which you can see.
  • A snail can sleep for three years without waking up.
  • Black bears are afraid of domesticated cats. The bear will run up a tree to avoid one.
  • Bulls can only see in black and white.
  • The armadillo can sleep or doze for about 80% of its life.
  • A female anaconda is 3 to 5 times bigger than an average male anaconda.

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Bizarre Animal Facts

  • A mosquito has 47 teeth.
  • Most cats in Halifax, Nova Scotia have six toes.
  • The sweat glads of a cow are in it's nose.
  • The mayfly only lives for one day.
  • An ostrich's brain is smaller than its eye.
  • Not only does the tiger have striped fur, it also has striped skin. Each tiger has it's own striped pattern the way humans have their own fingerprint patterns.
  • A hen lays 19 dozen eggs a year on a average.
  • A rat can survive longer without water than a camel can.
  • The memory span of a goldfish is about 3 seconds.
  • An elephant can smell water from 3 miles away.
  • The largest giant squid ever found weighed about 4 tons.

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Animals and Their Unique Characteristics

  • The Asiatic Swift makes it nest almost entirely out of saliva. When it hardens it makes a strong and cosy nest. This is the nest that is used to make bird's nest soup.
  • The Leafy Sea Dragon, a type of seahorse, has evolved leaf like fins that act as a camouflauge to give the sea dragon the appearance of a clump of floating seaweed.
  • The Barreleye Fish can move its eyes around inside its head in any direction, unlike other fish who have limited eye movement. This fish'e head is transparent so it can look straight through its own head.
  • The Star Nosed Mole is a samll animal, about the size of your hand. It has twenty-two tentacles protruding from its nose that helps it find the food they love - clams, snails, small rodents, mollusks and worms.
  • The Canntor's Giant Soft Shelled Turtle is one of the oddest looking turtles around. If you've ever wondered what a turtle looks like without its hard shell this is a perfect example. This turtle, unlike it's cousins lives inland close to streams and the wetlands.
  • The Hagfish has one of the most disgusting ways of all animals of defending itself. When it feels threatened it oozes a disgusting, suffocating slime from its pores that will envelop its predator in a mass of goo.


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Unusual Aminal Delicacies

  • Iquana meat is a favorite dish in Central and South America, especially when sauteed and then casseroled.
  • Fried Grasshoppers and chocolate covered ants are both a favorite treat in Africa.
  • Locust are popular fare in Asia and Africa, they say it taste like shrimp.
  • Bats are grilled or deep fried are found to be served in some parts in Indonesia.
  • Roasted camel is considered a treat when in North Africa and the Middle East.
  • If you recieve the eyes of a roasted lamb head while dining in Saudi Araabia you can rest assured that you are considered an honored guest.
  • In some parts of China you may be served country fried scorpions and dragonflies.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      ningali, years ago my uncle tried chocolate covered ants. He said they weren't bad. I guess they and the grasshoppers are an acquired taste.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Talullah, that's true you could start any number of conversations with these little tid bits of information.

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      Talullah 5 years ago from SW France

      Some great conversation starters here! Thanks for sharing them!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      farru, so do I. Thanks for reading.

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      farru 5 years ago from Lahore

      Ha ha, It is very interested hub. I like bizarre facts.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Justine Noakes, I love unusual facts and stories myself.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Hypersapian, thanks for the ratings.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Better Yourself, I have to agree bout the delicacies, I don't think I could eat them if I were starving to death.

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      Justine Noakes 5 years ago

      I Love facts like this, there things you would have guessed in your life it's very interesting indeed.

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      Hypersapien 5 years ago

      Awesome hub! Voted up!

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      Better Yourself 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Very interesting hub! There are some strange animals, and the 'delicacies' do not sound appetizing at all!!!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dmop, there are many stange things out there. Fact tuly is stranger than fiction.

      peace13, I wonder how they found out that stones would make them heavier.

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      peace13 5 years ago

      The crocodile research was really funny and interesting start.

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Fact is stranger than fiction. These are some very unique animals and facts about them. Voted up and interesting.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Vellur, I enjoy little know weird facts about things. I'm glad you liked it.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Jools99, I can safely say there are many delicacies from other countries that I would never try. Thanks for the ratings.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      This is a great hub. Very interesting. I never knew some of the facts, thankyou for sharing such an informative hub. Enjoyed reading it. Voted up.

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Wow, there are some strange creatures out there in the world. I can safely say I will never eat Birds Nest Soup or grasshoppers. I would be hopeless on one of those survivor programmes! Voted up etc,etc

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks acewebdesign. I appreciate the comment.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Rusti, I love unusual facts. The fact that an ostrich has eyes bigger than their brain blew me away.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Gracenduta, I'm glad you found it interesting. Thanks for the comment.

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      acewebdesign 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      nice hub :)

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      Wow! I was entranced by this hub. This is great the things you told us like the ostrich whose eyes are bigger than their brain too.Hey! that may what's wrong with me!I have an ostrich brain! lol just having a little fun.Really great hub voted up!

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      Gracenduta 5 years ago from Kenya

      strange information but interesting.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Julius Leon, the leafy sea dragon is really quite unique. Thanks for reading.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DzyMsLizzy, thanks. I watched it and it was very funny.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Trinsick, how right you are. I believe that many times there is not much research that goes into the safe handling of animals.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dilipchandra12, why thank you very much. I like to deal with strange every now and then.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      pstraubie48, It was fun collecting all of this information. Who knows maybe someday you will be on a game show.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DonnaCosmoto, I never have liked mosquitos. Now that I know they have teeth I have really developed an intense dislike for them. Thanks for reading.

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      Julius Leon 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing, I like the leafy sea dragon. And there are some great animal facts in your hub!

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      @hecate-horus and KoffeeKlatch Gals--there IS a video clip of a bear running from a cat--it's on YouTube under the "funny cats" CATegory. ...

      ;-)

      It's here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4eWEb0q29I

      at about the 58 second mark, almost at the end of the clips on this segment.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      jpcmc, I agree. There are days when I'd give anything to sleep like a snail. With all the rest you would get you should be able to figure out what to do about morning breath.

      kelleyward, glad you liked it. Boys tend to enjoy unusual, sometimes disgusting facts like this.

      sacredlilac, It's funny how many of these type facts that you learn as a child. When you grow up it's like learning them all over agin.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      hecate-horus, when I saw that particular fact I started laughing. It makes me think of an elephant running away from a mouse. I gues you don't have to be big to be scary.

      eolikes, thanks for bookmarking. I'm glad you like it.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      tarajeyaram, they are interesting aren't they. There more stange things out there than we know.

      DzyMsLizzy, I think I would try to hide my delicacy in my napkin and hope no one notices. I know I wouldn't be able to choke it down. As for the blue whale fact - oh dear.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Kris, I'm so glad you enjoyed it.

      Nell Rose, how disgusting. One man's yuck is another man's cavier. Thanks for sharing.

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      Trinsick 5 years ago from Cali

      I've been watching these shipping wars, and some of them are for transporting animals like a camel or something. Most of them have no clue how to handle these animals.

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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

      Informative hub with lots of strange information. Very well written, very useful interesting hub. VOTED UP

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Very interesting....a great collection of trivia I can use if ever on a game show. It is amazing how diverse our animal kingdom is...who would have thunk it??? Thanks for sharing.

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      Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

      Wow, what a strange and eclectic collection of little known animal facts! Never knew that those pesky mosquitoes had teeth to go along with their other undesirable traits!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      cabmgmnt, I really don't know. I'll have to look it up. If you find out before I do could you let me know?

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      vespawoolfe, I don't believe I could make myself eat any of those delicacies. I would guess that some of the things we eat would sound strange to others.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Docmo, I like unusaual things myself. Thanks for reading.

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      sacredlilac 5 years ago from Canada via England

      I second the opinions above: you've found so many weird and interesting facts here, and answered questions I forgot from when I was a kid, like if zebras have striped skin. Now I know! Thanks for sharing!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Very interesting hub! I'm bookmarking and sharing with my boys! Voted up and interesting!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I envy the snail's power to sleep! How I wish i can do this and just forget about work! I just can't imagine the morning breath afterwards though. Intersting hub KoffeeKlatch Gals.

      Btw, thanks Nell Rose for sharing this hub.

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      eolikes 5 years ago from Bangladesh

      wow! I'm bookmarking ur bub.. Useful information. Thanks 4 sharing

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      hecate-horus 5 years ago from Rowland Woods

      Awesome hub! I would love to see a bear run away from a cat. LOL. Voted up!

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      Liz Elias 5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I don't know how I'd handle the etiquette of being served, or more precisely, AVOIDING being served any of those things..Ugghh....."Umm...can you find another way to show me I'm an honored guest???--as a vegetarian, I don't eat dead animals....." WOW--how do you say that without offending the host? That must be why I'm not a world traveler ... ... that, and my budget...

      Interesting... and here's another bit of trivia to add--did you know that the umm.. reproductive organ..of a male blue whale is 6 feet long??

      Voted up & interesting.

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      tarajeyaram 5 years ago from Wonderland

      Great hub on animal fact. I can use some of these at parties :). Voted up and useful.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi, fascinating facts, wonder why bats always turn left? strange! lol! I remember seeing a tv program about a tribe somewhere that ate tarantulas! yuck! evidently when they cook them over a fire the legs shrivel and turn in, the body is supposed to taste revolting but the legs taste like chicken! yuck! voted up and shared!

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      I love fun animal facts - thanks for putting these together, this was a fun hub to read:)

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      Corey 5 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Nice hub. I thought it was really interesting that zebras can't see orange. Does that mean that they can't see yellow or red? I will have to google that.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      A very well written hub! Thank you. In Columbia roasted ants are a delicacy. Guinea pig (called cuy) is a delicacy in the Andes of Peru. And a grub called "suri" is a delicacy in the Amazon jungle...they also say it tastes like shrimp. I think I would have to draw the line with eating scorpions, though!

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      Mohan Kumar 5 years ago from UK

      I love bizarre facts like this - highly entertaining. Well compiled and put together. Enjoyed it!

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      cherylone, I love trivia, especially when it's weird. It's always so interesting to learn something new. Thanks for the rating.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      cloverleaffarm, I had no idea that crocodiles can choose the sex of their eggs - I wonder which they prefer. You do have a bizarre but I'm sure lovable cat.

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      Cheryl Simonds 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Wow, I love trivia like this! I never even heard of most of these animals! Thank you so much for sharing this one! voted up and awesome.

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Eww, a mosquito has teeth. Great hub! So many cool and interesting animals/creatures in our world. Did you know crocodiles can also choose the sex of their eggs with temperature? Wild isn't it. UP, interesting. I'd vote for cool if there was a button for that.

      PS. My cat has 8 toes, so she must be really bizarre...lol.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, there are a lot of odd things out there. Thanks for reading and the rating.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Peggy W, some of the facts sound almost unbelievable don't they? I agree, they would make very interesting trivia questions.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Such curiosities. Odd how cultures vary in what they will or will not eat. Vote up and interesting. Will share with followers.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow! I had heard of a few of these strange and bizarre animal facts but not most of these. These would make good trivia questions. Voted interesting!