30 Surprising Facts About Earth’s Amazing Animals

30 Surprising Facts About Earth’s Amazing Animals

The animal kingdom is an incredible thing. Its members are incredibly diverse and represent thousands of species throughout the world, from the most gigantic creatures to the very tiniest. The following is a list of some of the strangest, most amazing facts about Earth’s animals.

 

  1. A tiger’s skin is striped just like its fur. Each pattern is as unique as a human thumbprint.
  2. A Grizzly Bear could crush a bowling ball with its jaws. Those are some tough teeth!
  3. Cats don’t meow to communicate with each other - it’s a method of getting attention from humans specifically.
  4. A shrimp’s heart is located in its head!
  5. Zebras evolved to have their characteristic black and white stripes in order to defend and disguise themselves against insects.
  6. Elephants are the only animal out there that physically cannot jump.
  7. Frogs can freeze without dying. They simply thaw out when the weather gets warm again!
  8. A reindeer’s eyes will turn blue during the winter in order to attract more sunlight.
  9. Crocodiles don’t reach their full size until they are 33 years old.
  10. Cats generally only have about 500 taste buds, while dogs have around 1,700.
  11. At approximately one million hairs per square inch, otters have the thickest hair of any creature on Earth.
  12. An octopus has 3 hearts - 2 for pumping blood to its gills, and 1 for delivering it to the rest of its body.
  13. Butterflies taste with their feet! Lacking the ability to bite or chew, they can determine whether something is edible just by landing on it.
  14. A flamingo is naturally white! Their diet of algae and shrimp turns them pink.
  15. A whitetail deer has the ability to run up to 30 mph.
  16. All clownfish are born anatomically male - some “turn” into a female in order to enable mating.
  17. An ostrich’s eye is larger than its brain!
  18. Ducks love surfing! They have been observed riding the tides and swimming back to catch them again.
  19. The annual number of people bitten by sharks is ten times less than the number of people bitten by other people.
  20. Penguins do not have visible ears but do have excellent hearing.
  21. The closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex is the chicken.
  22. A dog’s sense of smell is about 100,000 times stronger than that of a human.
  23. Owls don’t have eyeballs - they have eye tubes.
  24. A polar bear’s skin is actually black under all that white fur!
  25. A strand of spider silk is thinner than a human hair, yet 5 times stronger than steel of the same width and size.
  26. There is a colony of Argentine ants on the American west coast that occupies 560 miles currently engaging in a turf war with a Mexican supercolony.
  27. A tarantula can live for more than two years without food.
  28. Cows can sleep standing up but can only dream while they’re lying down.
  29. For every human on Earth, there are one million ants.
  30. The bat is the only mammal that can fly.