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By far the largest snake in the world reaching to enormous lengths of 30 feet and 600 pounds. The biggest ever caught was 37.5 feet long Green Anaconda

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Amazing Animal Facts

  1. 1. Amazing Animal Facts I bet ya dint know
  2. 2. Alligators <ul><li>Alligators live only in freshwater, unlike their big brother, the crocodile </li></ul><ul><li>Almost all parts of an alligator are eaten in America. . </li></ul><ul><li>Alligators hibernate under water. </li></ul><ul><li>Alligators can also be really big. The longest one measured 19 1/2 feet. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Anaconda <ul><li>By far the largest snake in the world reaching to enormous lengths of 30 feet and 600 pounds. The biggest ever caught was 37.5 feet long Green Anaconda </li></ul><ul><li>An Anaconda can kill an elephant, infact The word &quot;anaconda&quot; is derived from the Tamil word &quot;anaikolra&quot; meaning &quot;elephant killer&quot;. Known to the early Spanish settlers as &quot;matatoro&quot; or &quot;bull killer&quot;, the anaconda is the largest of the boas. </li></ul><ul><li>The Anacondas are also called as the “ Water Boas” </li></ul><ul><li>Anacondas can remain underwater for a maximum of 10 minutes </li></ul><ul><li>The chances that you will survive an Anaconda ambush attack is 0.77 percent </li></ul><ul><li>The Anaconda can open its mouth 180 degrees. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Bats <ul><li>Mexican free tailed bats can fly 10,000 feet high in air. </li></ul><ul><li>Only female bats live in colonies. </li></ul><ul><li>Flying Fox is a large herbivorous bat, found in Indonesia. </li></ul><ul><li>A Chiroptorium , is an artificial cave made to house bats. </li></ul><ul><li>You are most likely to encounter a female bat inside your homes. Male bats are very shy and meek. </li></ul><ul><li>The Bumble Bee Bat weighs less than a penny! </li></ul><ul><li>The famed Vampire Bats thrive on blood. All the three species are found only in South America. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Blue Whale <ul><li>A blue whale's tongue weighs more than an elephant. </li></ul><ul><li>You might think it has no natural enemies.It does have though. The Killer Whale which is much smaller, which moves in groups of 3 or 4. </li></ul><ul><li>A blue Whale can dive to a depth of 2500 feet in two minutes </li></ul>
  6. 6. Butterfly <ul><li>Did you know Sailor, Dead Leaf, Paper Kite, Blue Striped Crow, Julia and Great Egg Fly are all names of BUTTERFLIES </li></ul><ul><li>The original name for the butterfly was ’FLUTTERBY'! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Camel <ul><li>Is the third most domesticated animal after the dog and the cat. It beats the horse. </li></ul><ul><li>A camel can lose up to 30 percent of its body weight in perspiration and continue to cross the desert. A human would die of heat shock after sweating away only 12 percent of body weight. </li></ul><ul><li>Camel’s milk does not form curd as does for cow, goat etc. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Cats <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Cat’s urine glows in darkness. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Cats, like humans, are either right or left handed... or is that paws?! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Chameleon <ul><li>The chameleon has a tongue that is 1.5 times the length of its body. </li></ul><ul><li>A Chameleon can change its body color every minute with 24 shades. </li></ul><ul><li>They are found only on the remote locales of the island of Madagascar, with new species being discovered even today!!! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Cheetah <ul><li>A cheetah can run 125 kilometers per hour - that's really fast! The fastest human beings run only about 38 kilometers per hour </li></ul><ul><li>Often confused with a leopard, it can be differentiated from it by its white belly. </li></ul><ul><li>a cheetah does not roar like a lion - it purrs like a cat (meeeeeeooow). </li></ul><ul><li>The Cheetah society is matriarchal. The female lives alone, the male in herds. </li></ul><ul><li>A cheetah has no natural enemies, probably because of its speed </li></ul><ul><li>Cheetah are known to relish watermelons </li></ul><ul><li>They can be matched in speed by only the Greyhound species of Dogs </li></ul>
  11. 11. Chimpanzee <ul><li>A chimpanzee is the only animal that can recognize itself in the mirror. </li></ul><ul><li>They are the only animals on earth that see just as much as humans do. </li></ul><ul><li>The genes of humans and chimps are 98.4% identical!! </li></ul><ul><li>The first Chimp in space, Ham, went into space in 1961, much before Yuri Gagarin </li></ul><ul><li>An average Chimp is 4 times stronger than an average human. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Cockroach <ul><li>The Cockroach is the fastest creature on 6 legs. </li></ul><ul><li>A cockroach can survive 9 days without its head before it starves to death </li></ul><ul><li>A cockroach can thrive on anything under the sun!! They relish anything that contains starch. </li></ul><ul><li>Cockroaches die below 15 degree Celsius but can survive in simmering heats of up to 84 degrees. </li></ul><ul><li>Maximum life of a Cockroach is 2 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Cockroaches never carry diseases !!! </li></ul>
  13. 13. Crocodile <ul><li>A crocodile really does produce tears, but they're not due to sadness. The tears are glandular secretions that work to expel excess salt from the eyes. Hence, &quot;crocodile tears&quot; are false tears. </li></ul><ul><li>A Croc cant stretch its tongue out. </li></ul><ul><li>You cant slit a Croc’s skin with a kitchen knife. </li></ul><ul><li>The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C. </li></ul><ul><li>The Alligator river in Australia was misnamed coz it is full of Crocodiles and not alligators. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Dogs <ul><li>Known to understand as high as 3500 words in English. </li></ul><ul><li>A Greyhound species believed to have lived in Egypt could run as fast as the average Cheetah!! </li></ul><ul><li>Every year Americans spend more on Dog food than baby food. </li></ul><ul><li>Chocolate effects a dogs heart and nervous system, a few ounces enough to kill a small sized dog. </li></ul><ul><li>Dogs are the only other animals other than us that have prostrates. </li></ul><ul><li>The smartest dog is the Scottish-border collie and Afghan Hound the dumbest. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Dolphins <ul><li>There are 26 species of Ocean Dolphins and 5 species of RIVER Dolphins..!!! </li></ul><ul><li>River Dolphins are an endangered lot with only about 350 left in South America </li></ul><ul><li>Every dolphin has its own signature whistle to distinguish it from other dolphins, much like a human fingerprint </li></ul><ul><li>A buffalo is a distant relative of the Dolphin </li></ul><ul><li>A Dolphin can understand upto 300 English Words !!! </li></ul><ul><li>The largest Dolphin is the killer whale that is thrice as large as the Great White Shark. </li></ul><ul><li>Dolphins can kills sharks by ramming them with their snout. </li></ul><ul><li>Dolphins sleep with one eye open! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Elephants <ul><li>The tallest elephant was 21 feet tall. </li></ul><ul><li>An elephant weighs as much as an average Double Decker bus. </li></ul><ul><li>Elephants sleep standing up. But sometimes baby elephants lie down to sleep. </li></ul><ul><li>They poop 80 pounds in one day. </li></ul><ul><li>Overall Elephants have killed more humans than the Great White Shark !! </li></ul><ul><li>An enraged elephant can reach running speeds of upto 45 km/hr. Carl Lewis’s record was 37 km/hr.!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Elephants always travel, miles together in a day, always in a file (how disciplined..!!!) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Frogs <ul><li>The largest frog in the world is called Goliath frog. </li></ul><ul><li>Frogs start their lives as 'eggs' often laid in or near fresh water. </li></ul><ul><li>They are the only vertebrates who are present in all the continents ( except Antarctica ) </li></ul><ul><li>Frogs never drink. They absorb water from their surroundings by osmosis. </li></ul><ul><li>Some frogs squirt blood from their eyes when they are angry </li></ul>
  18. 18. Gorillas <ul><li>Human birth control pills work on gorillas. </li></ul><ul><li>Gorillas sleep as much as fourteen hours per day </li></ul><ul><li>Gorillas are one of those few large vertebrates that don’t know how to swim. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Great White Shark <ul><li>Is the largest and the most feared species of sharks. </li></ul><ul><li>They attack humans mistaking them for seals. </li></ul><ul><li>They can live in very shallow waters of 3-4 feet deep waters to great depths of 1500 mtrs., an indication of how tough they are. </li></ul><ul><li>Most shark deaths have not happened in the US, but Australia. </li></ul><ul><li>Most Great Whites get blind as they get old. </li></ul><ul><li>The Great Whites are known to be one of the most conservative maters across all species. Females conceive an average of 2 pups in their lives </li></ul><ul><li>A top freestyle swimmer achieves a speed of only 4 miles per hour. Great Whites in contrast, have been clocked at 48 mph. </li></ul><ul><li>And there’s good news for you all, they are not found in Indian Waters. Phew! </li></ul><ul><li>Sharks and rays are the only animals known to man that don't get cancer. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Hippopotamus <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Horse <ul><li>You can tell the sex of a horse by its teeth. Most males have 40, females have 36. </li></ul><ul><li>Horses cannot vomit. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Iguana <ul><li>Whatever made yu feel that iguana eats insects and mice. Its herbivorous and quite harmless. </li></ul><ul><li>Iguanas are an American specialty. </li></ul><ul><li>The worlds fastest reptile (measured on land) is the spiny-tailed iguana of Costa Rica. It has been clocked at 21.7 mph. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Koala Bears <ul><li>Koalas aren't bears. They aren't even related to bears. The koala is related to the kangaroo and the wombat. The koala is a mammal. </li></ul><ul><li>The Population of the Koala bears has dropped by 90% since 1990!! </li></ul><ul><li>The Koala lives only on a particular type of Eucalyptus trees in Western Australia. </li></ul><ul><li>Newly born Koalas are just about 2 cms long. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Lion <ul><li>Male Lions are the most sexually active among large vertebrates. They have multiple partners and can mate as high as 50 times in a day!! </li></ul><ul><li>The female lion does more than 90% of the hunting while the male simply prefers to rest. !! </li></ul><ul><li>Lions eat bones like Dogs, Tigers don’t. </li></ul><ul><li>An average lion roar is about 95 decibels loud! It can be heard from 5 miles away. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Mosquitoes <ul><li>Mosquitoes have killed more humans than any other living being. </li></ul><ul><li>Mosquito repellants don’t repel mosquitoes, instead they hide you by blocking their sensors. </li></ul><ul><li>Mosquitoes have 47 teeth. (eeks!! Scary!!) </li></ul>
  26. 26. Orangutans <ul><li>Orangutans are obsessive liars! </li></ul><ul><li>They are found only in the rainforests of Asia. </li></ul><ul><li>They are more intelligent than the chimps considering their brain size. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Panda <ul><li>Pandas are an endangered species and are only found in 6 pockets in China. There are only 1100 Pandas in the wild. About a hundred odd are in captivity mostly in the zoos of USA and China. </li></ul><ul><li>a female Panda can have a cub only once in two years. </li></ul><ul><li>Pandas are pink in color when they are born. </li></ul><ul><li>Pandas are majorly vegetarian, although they do eat a variety of things in captivity. </li></ul><ul><li>A Panda’s hide sells for $1,00,000. (Sick) </li></ul><ul><li>Pandas never hibernate, one of the only bears (along with the Polar Bears of the Arctic) to do so. </li></ul><ul><li>At birth, a panda is smaller than a mouse and weighs about four ounces. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Penguins <ul><li>Penguins only have sex once a year </li></ul><ul><li>Penguins toss themselves as high as 5-6 feet up in the air before diving. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Rats/Rodents <ul><li>A rat can last longer without water than a camel can </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>The largest order of mammals, with about 1,700 species, is rodents. Bats are second with about 950 species. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Zebra <ul><li>A zebra is white with black stripes. </li></ul><ul><li>No two zebras have stripes that are exactly alike </li></ul><ul><li>When two zebras stand side by side, they usually face in opposite directions. They say this is so they can keep an eye out for predators. </li></ul><ul><li>Zebras cant see the color Orange </li></ul>