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Amazing Facts About Animals

Abhijit Naik
The animal kingdom has a lot more in store for us than what actually meets our eye. Don't believe us? Check this compilation of amazing facts about animals, which are too good to be true.
Did you know that the largest animal on the land, the elephant is only as long as the tongue of a blue whale―the largest mammal on the planet. Also, did you know that dolphins sleep with one eye open, or that ants don't sleep at all? Every single animal on the planet has tales that are so amazing that they are bound to leave you baffled.

Fascinating Tales Facts From the Animal Kingdom

  • A cheetah can clock a speed of 70 mph with immense ease. That's quite fast, considering that the fastest human can only run at a speed of about 18 mph at the max.
  • A botfly is known to fly at a speed of 818 mph, which makes it faster than an aircraft.
  • Kangaroo rats have the capability of going on for lifetime without drinking water.
  • Giraffes can use their elongated tongue to clean their ears.
  • Both, giraffes and humans have seven bones in their neck.
  • Insects have colorless blood. The red blood that we come across when we kill an insect, is the blood of the animal on whom the particular insect was feeding.
  • Gastric frogs, native to Australia, are known to give birth to their young ones through their mouth.
  • The first animal to make it to the space was a dog named Laika.
  • The brain of a cockroach is located within its body, and hence, even if it were to lose its head, the roach would survive for a period of 9 days before finally dying of hunger.
  • Contrary to the popular belief, flying squirrels don't really fly; they actually glide.
  • African elephants produce around 100 kg manure every day; most of which is eaten up by beetles.
  • A wolf's howl doesn't produce an echo, even if it howls in a valley surrounded by mountains.
  • With an approximate weight of around 4 oz, a panda is smaller than a mouse at birth.
  • The giant squid has the largest eyes in the animal kingdom, measuring 39 cm in width. That's 16 times the size of human eyes.
  • A woodpecker pecks the wood at the rate of 20 pecks per second.
  • A grizzly bear is known to run as fast as an adult horse.
  • An electric eel is known to produce electricity sufficient enough to light up 10 electric bulbs.
  • The tongue of a chameleon species is double the length of its body.
  • An earthworm has the capacity to pull weight that is 10 times the weight of its own body.
  • The slowest fish in the world is the seahorse, with a speed of 0.016 km/h.
  • Fleas are known to cover a distance of 30 cm in a single leap, i.e., 20 times the length of their own body.
  • At 188 decibels, the whistling of the blue whale is the loudest sound made by any animal on the planet.
  • Capybara is the largest rodent in the world. However, the anaconda, which is the largest snake in the world, devours it with ease.
  • In its journey from the Arctic to Antarctica and back, the Arctic tern covers a distance of 32,000 km, which makes it the farthest traveling migratory bird in the world.
As scientists and wildlife enthusiasts continue to explore the wilderness, we will come across more of such amazing facts about wildlife that we have never heard of before.