65 Amazing Facts About Animals That Will Make You Smile

With an estimated 7.77 million species of animals on the planet, the animal kingdom is an undeniably diverse place. Our animal kingdom brings millions of majestic, mysterious, and magnificent species that are a lot more intelligent than you think.

These wonderful creatures that live on our land, beneath the dark blue oceans, and beyond will surely make you smile when you will discover amazing facts about animals. From furry creatures you never realized kissed to those who enjoy getting tipsy, these amazing animal facts are sure to wow even the biggest animal lovers out there.

1. Koala Fingerprints Are So Close To Humans’ That They Could Taint Crime Scenes

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Koalas might not seem to have a lot in common with us, but if you take a closer look at their hands, you’d see that they have fingerprints that are just like humans’. In fact, Australian police feared that criminal investigations may have been hampered by koala prints. Any koalas who want to commit crimes would be wise to do so wearing gloves.

2. The Mantis Shrimp Has The World’s Fastest Punch

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You might think that boxers have the most impressive jabs, hooks, and uppercuts on the planet, but it’s the mantis shrimp that boasts the world’s fastest punch. Traveling at about 50 mph, when a shrimp punches, its little fist of fury (which, of course, isn’t a fist at all) is accelerating faster than a .22-caliber bullet, according to Science.

3. Female Lions Do 90% Of The Hunting

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While male lions attract their fair share of attention thanks to their impressive manes, it’s the female lions who do the bulk of the work when it comes to feeding their families. Lionesses hunt around 90% of the time, while the males protect their pride.

4. Narwhal Tusks Are Really An “Inside Out” Tooth

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Narwhals are unlike most other whales because they have what appears to be a giant tusk. But that’s not actually a tusk at all—what you’re seeing is a tooth. Harvard University’s Martin Nweeia told the BBC that the “tooth is almost like a piece of skin in the sense that it has all these sensory nerve endings and it’s essentially built inside out.”

5. The World’s Oldest Known Breed Of Domesticated Dog Dates Back To 329 BC

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Dogs are well known for being man’s best friend, and it turns out that’s a relationship that goes back longer than you might expect. According to Guinness World Records, the oldest known breed of domesticated dog goes all the way back to 329 BC. “Saluki dogs were revered in ancient Egypt, being kept as royal pets and being mummified after death,” they note.

6. Puffins Use Twigs To Scratch Their Bodies

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Puffins surely have enough to be proud of with their beautiful beaks, but the seabirds also happen to be quite clever. According to a 2019 study published in PNAS, Atlantic puffins in both Wales and Iceland were observed “spontaneously using a small wooden stick to scratch their bodies.” Indeed, in a video shared by Science, a little puffin can be seen picking up a tiny twig before using it to scratch an itchy spot on its belly.

7. Cows Painted With Zebra-Like Stripes Can Avoid Being Bitten By Flies

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Luckily, farmers can now protect their animals by painting them with zebra-like stripes. According to a 2019 study published in PLOS One, “the numbers of biting flies on Japanese Black cows painted with black-and-white stripes were significantly lower than those on non-painted cows and cows painted only with black stripes.” 

IFL Science suggests this might work because “the stripes may cause a kind of motion camouflage targeted at the insects’ vision, confusing them much in the way that optical illusions confuse us.”

8. Some Sharks Glow In The Dark

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Sharks boast some enviable—and terrifying—features, like their sleek design and razor-sharp teeth. And while glow-in-the-dark sharks sound like something you’d see in a sci-fi film, they’re totally real, as noted in a 2019 study published in Science.

Researchers were already aware that some shark species produce a glow that only other sharks can see, but now scientists have discovered that “previously unknown small-molecule metabolites are the cause of the green glow,” according to CNN.

9. A Grizzly Bear’s Bite Is Strong Enough To Crush A Bowling Ball

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Those who find themselves in the presence of a grizzly bear will surely want to stay out of reach of this animal’s super sharp claws. But they’ll certainly also want to keep out of the grizzly’s mouth, because these creatures “have a bite-force of over 8,000,000 pascals,” according to National Geographic. That means grizzly bears can literally crush a bowling ball between their jaws.

10. Humpback Whales Use Bubbles To Hunt

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You might think that a whale’s massive size is the only edge they’d need when it comes to hunting in the open waters. But humpback whales actually team up to use a “bubble-net” technique in order to catch their prey. “Sometimes, the whales will swim in an upward spiral and blow bubbles underwater, creating a circular ‘net’ of bubbles that makes it harder for fish to escape,” Science News reports.

11. Koalas Sleep Up To 22 Hours A Day

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If you thought your cat was sleepy, just wait until you hear about koalas. According to the Australian Koala Foundation, these cuties sleep between 18 and 22 hours a day. The koalas’ diets require a lot of energy to digest, which is why they sleep so much.

12. Reindeer Eyes Turn Blue In The Winter

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Reindeers have beautiful baby blues—but only in the winter! The eyes of Arctic reindeer change color through the seasons from gold to blue, adapting to extreme changes of light levels in their environment. The change in color impacts how light is reflected through the animals’ retina, and improves their vision.

13. Giraffes Have Black Tongues

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Scientists believe that it’s so they don’t get sunburns while they eat. The animals’ tongues are also around 20 inches long. The end of their tongue tends to be black and may be more pink or purple near the top since that portion is not as exposed to the sun.

14. Painted Turtles Survive Winter By Breathing Through Their Butts

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Not all creatures head to warmer climates when it gets cold out, and that means they need to learn to survive in chilly conditions. Painted turtles need to adapt to frozen ponds, which restrict their access to the air above the water. They do that by breathing through their butts. Thanks to a specific process called cloaca respiration, the turtles are able to get oxygen directly from the water around them.

15. Otters Have The World’s Thickest Fur

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They’re thought to have up to one million hairs per square inch. Unlike most other marine mammals, otters lack a blubber layer. Instead they depend on their dense, water-resistant fur to provide insulation. Their fur consists of two layers and is designed to trap a layer of air next to their skin so their skin doesn’t get wet.

16. Crocodiles Can Live Up To 100 Years

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Nile crocodiles can live for a full century. And they can do a lot of damage over the course of those 100 years. Approximately 200 people die every year from Nile crocodile attacks. The Nile crocodiles jaws can apply 5,000 pounds of pressure per square inch – the strongest bite of any animal in the world which is also 10 times more powerful than that of a great white shark.

17. Butterflies Taste With Their Feet

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Not only do butterflies taste using their feet—the receptors on their legs are also 200 times stronger than human taste buds. When a butterfly lands on a plant, they use these sensors to determine whether or not what they’re standing on is edible.

18. The Spur-Winged Goose’s Diet Makes It Poisonous

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Don’t plan on eating a spur-winged goose if you happen to come across one during your travels. These birds, natives of sub-Saharan Africa, have flesh that’s often poisonous to humans, thanks to their diet of blister beetles, which contain the deadly cantharidin poison.

19. Wombat Poop Is Cube-Shaped

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Wombats use their droppings to warn other animals to stay off their turf. Luckily, their cube-shaped poop makes it easy to see that a spot is governed by wombats, as the little squares tend to stay put more easily than spherical droppings would.

20. Parrots Are The Only Birds Out There Who Can Eat With Their Feet

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This is because parrots have zygodactyl feet, meaning that they have four toes on each foot, two facing forward and two facing backward. This makes it easier for them to pick up objects such as food and bring it to their mouth, quite like we humans do with our hands.

21. Squirrels Are Responsible For Planting Thousands Of Trees Worldwide

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They may be small, but they play a key role in our environment in ways you wouldn’t imagine. These little furry friends plant thousands of trees every year, worldwide, to simply remember where they buried their nuts.

22. Rats Laugh When Tickled

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A study was conducted at the University of Berlin to explore what happens in the human brain when we are tickled. National Geographic wrote that the testing on rats showed that they, love to be tickled, especially on their backs. When tickled, rats let out an extremely high-pitched sound, associated with laughing. They even search for the experimenter’s hand when they stop and ask for more.

23. Ducks Love To Surf

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Ducks love to go catch a wave or two in our deep-blue sea. They have been observed riding the waves of the ocean to shore and swimming back out again to do it all over. Could this be their favorite hobby? Let me know in the comments section.

24. An Octopus Has Three Hearts, Nine Brains And Blue Blood

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The giant Pacific octopus is truly something magnificent. With three hearts, nine brains, and blue blood, these eight-armed creatures are nothing short of extraordinary. One main brain controls their nervous system with eight smaller brains controlling each of their eight arms.

Two hearts pump blood to their gills with one larger heart circulating blood to the rest of the body. They can also camouflage for protection when hunting for food and release a toxic ink when alarmed.

25. Male Seahorses Give Birth To Their Young Ones

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Unlike every other living creature on our planet, seahorses are the only species where the male experiences pregnancy and gives birth to their young. Male seahorses have pouches on their stomachs which carries up to 2,000 babies at a time.

26. Penguins Propose To Each Other With Pebbles

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Just as humans propose to one another by exchanging a ring, penguins use the same method but with a pebble. When they see another penguin that they like, they bring a small stone over to them to represent their lifelong commitment to each other.

27. Most Venomous Snake Can Kill 100 People In Just 30 Minutes

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The Inland Taipan (also known as, the Western Taipan) is the most venomous snake in the world. A single bite contains enough venom to kill at least 100 fully grown men, and can kill within just 30 minutes, if left untreated.

They very rarely ever come in contact with humans, however. Every reliable identification of a snake bite victim from an Inland Taipan have been treated. They have all survived, due to successful treatment with antivenom.

28. Horned Lizard Shoots Blood

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The horned lizard is able to shoot blood from it’s own eyes, up to a distance of 3 feet away. The rather bizarre and disgusting act is a defensive mechanism to confuse predators. Their blood contains a chemical that is noxious to predators, and this isn’t it’s only trick. Short-horned lizards are also capable of inflating their bodies up to twice their size to scare anything away. 

29. Giant Anteaters Consume Up To 35,000 Ants And Termites In A Single Day

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They use their long sticky tongues to slurp up hundreds of ants per minute. Interestingly, anteaters purposefully never destroy an ant nest, preferring to leave some ants alive to rebuild, so it can return and feed again in the future.

30. The Most Venomous Fish In The World

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The most venomous fish in the world is the Stonefish. They have 13 sharp fin spines on their back, each with two venom glands. Their stings are extremely painful, can be lethal to humans, and mostly occur as a result of stepping on the creature.

31. Only 5% Of Cheetah Cubs Survive To Adulthood

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A study in the 90’s in the Serengeti found that 95% of cheetah cubs died before reaching adulthood. Many deaths were due to Lions, but also other predators and disease. Unfortunately, they were not saved by their loved ones!

32. A Polar Bear’s Hair Is Not White

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It’s colourless. Each thick strand of hair is hollow and reflects the light, making the polar bear appear white. Beneath this transparent fur, the skin is black, to soak up any warmth from the sun and keep the bear as warm as possible.

Some One Line Facts :-

1. A newborn Chinese water deer is so small it can almost be held in the palm of the hand.

2. The leg bones of a bat are so thin that out of the 1,200 species of bats, only 2 can walk on ground. These are the Vampire bat and the Burrowing bat.

3. A tarantula spider can survive for more than two years without food.

4. For every human in the world there are one million ants.

5. To escape the grip of a crocodile’s jaw, push your thumb into its eyeballs-it will let you go instantly.

6. Even a small amount of alcohol placed on a scorpion will make it go crazy and sting itself to death!

7. Ants never sleep. Also they don’t have lungs.

8. The flea can jump up to 200 times its own height. This is equal to a man jumping the Empire State Building in New York.

9. The ostrich has two toes on each foot which gives it greater speed.

10. No two tigers ever have the same stripes, and this is how individual tigers can be identified.

11. A ‘haw’ is the third eyelid of a cat, which can only be seen when the cat isn’t well.

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

13. The word “peacock” doesn’t actually apply to both the male and female birds. It’s only the males that are called peacocks, while the females are called peahens.

14. The most popular female dog name is Maggie. The most popular male dog name is Max.

15. A starving mouse will eat its own tail.

16. Sharks are immune to cancer!

17. Starfish have five eyes – one at the end of each leg.

18. The animal on the Firefox logo is not a fox, but a red panda.

19. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on Earth and can run at speeds of 45 mph.

20. The Basenji is the world’s only bark-less dog.

21. There is a shark called ‘goblin shark’ which has only been seen around 50 times since its discovery in 1897.

22. Goats and octopus’ pupils of their eyes are rectangular.

23. A snail can sleep for three years.

24. Elephants are the only animal that can’t jump.

25. A rhinoceros’ horn is made of hair.

26. Nearly three percent of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine.

27. A cow gives nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime.

28. Around 50 percent of orangutans have fractured bones, due to falling out of trees on a regular basis.

29. Rats breed so quickly that in just 18 months, 2 rats could have created over 1 million relatives.

30. Even when a snake has its eyes closed, it can still see through its eyelids.

31. There are no male or female earthworms. All earthworms have both male and female parts but it still takes two of them to reproduce.

32. A chameleon’s tongue is at least as long as its body, but it can grab prey in a fraction of a second.

33. If a starfish is split into five pieces, so long as each piece contains part of the central disc, then five starfish will survive.

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