Animals are amazing. They are unique and sometimes very unusual in their behaviour. We are fascinated by some bizarre animal facts, and so we have put together a list of some of the best and most interesting and downright funny facts about animals we could find.
1. A snail can sleep for three years
The extreme environment is the cause that snails sleep for so long. Snails need moisture to survive. That’s the reason they live in damp places. Moisture is essential to produce the mucus they use to slide over surfaces. So, snails go into a deep sleep, when the right levels of moisture are missing. This sleep could last as long as three years.
2. Koalas Have Human-like Fingerprints
Koala bears have fingerprints that are identical to human fingerprints. Scientists and researchers believe that Koalas must have adapted to having fingertips more recently. They have come to believe that koala’s had to have suited themselves due to their nature to climb, feed and sleep in trees as fingerprints naturally are used for grip.
3. Slugs have four noses
Slug looks like a snail but has no shell. An amazing fact about it is that it has four noses. Slugs in fact don’t have an actual nose, they have what is called a pneumostome, which allows them to breathe. A slug has organs that it uses to smell, but they’re tentacles situated on the face, with two nostrils that allow them to breathe and smell.
4. Elephants can’t jump
Elephants can’t jump because of their gigantic size. Another reason is that the bones in elephant legs are all pointed downwards. So, the bones are not springy enough to elevate them in air.
5. Rhinoceros’ horn
Researchers have discovered new details about the structural materials of rhinoceros that form the horn. Rhino horns are unique because they are composed entirely of keratin. Ohio University study now has revealed that the horn is simply a clump of modified hair.
6. You can hypnotize a frog
It may sound weird, but one of the most interesting phenomena of nature is the fact that you can hypnotise frogs. People believe that if you put a frog on its back and hold it still for a few seconds, then after you remove your hands, it will remain motionless. Again, to remove the catalepsy, you have to flip the frog back over.
7. It takes a sloth a month to digest its food
Sloth is herbivorous and is widely known for its slowness and inactivity. They mainly feed on the leaves, and unlike other mammals, Sloths depend on bacteria in their stomachs to digest their food. They actually take up to 30 days to digest a single leaf. However, Sloths defecate every eight days.
8. Almost three percent of the ice in Antarctic glaciers is penguin urine
Penguins are adorable but their contribution to life in Antarctica is not that adorable. Funny but amazing fact. Technically one can argue that as the temperature in Antarctica is below 0-degree centigrade, so, the urine of penguins has to freeze in ice. It is because the urine has no scope to get washed off or can get evaporated out.
9. A cow gives 200,000 glasses of milk in a lifetime
So, this is another fact about animals. A study done by a group of researchers shows that a cow produces an equivalent of nearly 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.
10. Bats turn left when leaving a cave.
Have you heard that bats always turn left when they leave a cave? It’s a truly remarkable fact. However, many researchers have found out that bats have no choice and will turn right or fly directly ahead as often as they turn left.
11. Giraffes have no vocal cords
Giraffes spent most of their lives in tight-lipped silence. Maybe that is the reason that everyone thinks that they do not have vocal cords. New research from a group studying animal sounds at the University of Vienna suggests giraffes do have a larynx (voice box). However, they couldn’t produce sufficient airflow through their 13-foot long trachea to vibrate their vocal folds and make noises.