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Fun animal facts for kids

Updated on December 2, 2014

Fun animal facts for kids

Here are some fun and interesting animals facts that will appeal to many kids. Many children love animals and are very curious to know more about animals. Given below is a list of some interesting animal facts for kids.

Giraffe - the tallest animal in the world
Giraffe - the tallest animal in the world
Elephant picture
Elephant picture

Have you seen a giraffe at the zoo? The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world. It can be three times taller than man! Its neck alone is 1.5 to 1.8 m i.e. the height of a man! It is also heavy! A male giraffe can weigh up to 1400kg i.e. as much as a truck!

And do you know which is the largest animal? The largest animal in the world lives in the sea. It is the blue whale. Its length is about 20 times the height of man. It is more than 1000 times heavier than man. It is also the loudest of animals and the sounds of a blue whale can be heard 800 km away!

But the blue whale lives in the oceans. What about land animals. Do you know which is the largest land animal? The African elephant is the largest land animal. It is about twice the height of man and more than 60 times heavier.

And do you know which is the fastest animal? The cheetah is the fastest animal. It can run as fast as a car on an express way! Cheetahs can attain speeds of up to 113 km / hr and they can accelerate from 0 to 113 km/hr in just a few seconds. They can go for 3-4 days without drinking water.

The ostrich is the largest bird in the world. Ostriches and penguins cannot fly because they have large heavy bodies and poorly developed wings.

The Starfish have 5 arms, radiating from a center. Sea anemones look like flowers, while jellyfish look like parachutes.

The wings of penguins and turtle are flipper like and used for swimming.

- The crocodile is able to stay underwater without breathing for about an hour. This is because they stay motionless and reduce their heart beat to 2 or 3 beats per minute in order to save energy.

During winter, some animals like bats, and bears hibernate in burrows or caves. Their body temperatures drop. Their hearts beat slower and they breathe slower too. They get the energy they need from fats stored in their bodies before winter.

There are a lot (about 3 million) kinds of living insects today!Are spiders insects? No the spider is not an insect. It is an arachnid because it has 4 pairs of legs, instead of 3 pairs. Insects have 6 legs, spiders and scorpions have 8 legs, prawns and crabs have 10 legs.

Animals use their tongue in many other ways than humans. Ant eaters catch ants on their sticky tongues and lizards catch insects with their long tongues.The giraffe has a very long tongue, more than 40 cms, which it uses with its lips to wrap around and break off leaves high up in trees.

Animals don't sweat like us. They have to eliminate excess body heat ion order to maintain a constant body temperature. Since they don't sweat like us, they pant.

Many snakes are not poisonous. Of the over 2400 different kinds of snakes now living. only about 8% are of the poisonous kind. There is a spitting cobra that can spray deadly venom from its fangs.They do not have teeth that can cut up food.All snakes shed their skins. Even the film that covers their eyes is cast off. The snakes removes it by rubbing against rough surfaces. The shedding occurs several times a year.

Can a snake be charmed? Snakes are deaf, so they cannot even hear the music which the snake charmer is playing. But they pick up vibrations with great sensitivity. The snake charmer moves so the snake too moves in order to keep him right before its eyes? This appears like dancing.

The hippopotamus means river horse, but its closest living relative is the pig! A big hippo can be 3.5 m long and weigh up to 3.5 tonnes. The hippo has the biggest mouth of any mammal, except the whale.

The peacock displays his beautiful feathers and dances to attract the female, 'peahen' during the mating season.

What fish swims standing up? Sea horse.

Why does a chameleon change colors? For a long time some people thought it was for defense but we know that in addition to this, it is also a result of the sun's rays on its skin, and the effects of its nerves when they are stimulated by anger or fear.

The young one of a kangaroo is called a Joey and their group, 'a mob'.
What is a black widow? It is one of the most poisonous of all the spiders, the female having a deadly lite lives in tropical America and the southern US.

Which mammals fly? Bats

Dolphins are believed to be quite intelligent compared to other animals.Female dolphins are called cows, males are called bulls and young dolphins are called calves. Dolphins have excellent eyesight and hearing.

Cats are among the most popular pets people keep. Cats sleep 13 to 14 hours a day. They have powerful night vision, and they can see at light levels six times lower than what we humans need to see.

Dogs are also very popular pets. hey have an excellent sense of smell and very superior hearing (compared to us).

The trunk of an elephant can grow about 2 metres long and can weigh up to 140 kg!

Tigers are members of the cat family.A group of tigers is known as an 'ambush' of tigers. Tigers usually hunt all alone at nighttime. They can run pretty fats too at speeds of up to 65 km/hr. They are also good swimmers.

Have you heard a lion roaring. The roar of a lion can be heard up to 8 km away! The females i.e., lionesses are better hunters than lions.

See the animals in Old MacDonald's farm!

Animal stories for kids - The lion and the mouse video

Animal stories for kids- the hare and the tortoise - video


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      3 years ago

      That's really shedwr! Good to see the logic set out so well.


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