More amazing animal facts…

A chameleon’s tongue is twice the length of its body.

A chimpanzee can learn to recognize itself in a mirror, but monkeys can’t.

A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.

About 10% of the world’s population is left-handed.

A typical bed usually houses over 6 billion dust mites.

A person afflicted with hexadectylism has six fingers or six toes on one or both hands and feet

A woodpecker can peck twenty times a second.

A zebra is white with black stripes.

Porpoises and dolphins communicate with each other by squeaking, growling, moaning, and whistling. Porpoises and dolphins are mammals. There are about 40 species or kinds of porpoises and dolphins. Most porpoises and dolphins navigate by using “echolocation”. The largest member of the dolphin family is called an orca or killer whale.

The hippopotamus gives birth under water and nurses its young in the river as well, though the young hippos do come up periodically for air.

A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime

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 largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.

The world’s smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.

Dolphins sleep with one eye open!

At 188 decibels, the whistle of the blue whale is the loudest sound produced by any animal.

The fastest dog, the greyhound, can reach speeds of upto 41.7 miles per hour. The breed was known to exist in ancient Egypt 6,000 years ago

Glue dates back to prehistoric times. Artists once mixed colorings with raw eggs, dried blood, and plant juices to make sticky paints for cave murals. Later, ancient Egyptians and other people learned to make stronger glues by boiling animal bones and hides. Today companies make glues using synthetic substances.

A cat sees about six times better than a human at night because of the tapetum lucidum, a layer of extra reflecting cells which absorb light.

A cat uses whiskers to determine if a space is too small to squeeze through. The whiskers act as  antennae, helping the animal to judge the precise width of any passage.

A cat will clean itself with paw and tongue after a dangerous experience or when it has fought with another cat. This is  an attempt by the animal to soothe its nerves by doing something natural and instinctive.

The grizzly bear can run as fast as the average horse!! 

The female lion does more than 90% of the hunting while the male simply prefers to rest. !!

A jellyfish is 95 percent water!

At birth, a panda is smaller than a mouse and weighs about four ounces. 

Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails!

You blink over 10,000,000 times a year!

Dogs and cats, like humans, are either right or left handed… or is that paws?!

A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue!

A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.

A cat’s jaws cannot move sideways.

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