Sometimes it can be difficult to find things to talk about but when it comes to something interesting about animals there is no shortage of topics. Facts that can easily be transitioned into a conversation and here are 52 interesting things to keep in mind the next time you are a loss for words.
1) Frogs Are Not Able To Throw Up
The majority of human life is able to throw up if their stomach is upset with the exception of the frog. Instead it will eject its entire stomach. Then with its feet it will clean out the stomach removing whatever has upset it. Then it will pack the cleaned out stomach back inside the body to its normal position.
2) Orangutans And Their Broken Bones
Having one broken bone is painful enough, but many Orangutans have several fractured bones at a time. It is because they tend to fall out of the trees so often. It is believed that about 50% suffer from these fractures.
3)The Eye Of The Ostrich Is Bigger Than Its Brain
The eye of the Ostrich is huge compared to the rest of its body and its bigger than its brain. People accuse this bird of burying its head in the sand, but this is not the case. They will lay their head on the ground if they are fearful of something.
4) Kangaroos Can Tell What Sex Their Unborn Baby Will Be
Mommy Kangaroo can determine what the sex of her unborn baby will be. Even better she can hold off gestation if she feels the environment will pose a threat to her baby surviving.
5) Giraffes Don’t Have A Voice
One may think that having a 13 foot long neck that there would be plenty of opportunity to have a booming voice. This is not the case with giraffes as scientists believe that they are able to make some sounds but they are too low to detect.
6) Bats Always Make Left Hand Turn
Scientists believe that bats always turn left when they are leaving their caves. It is believed to be because this way they can avoid running into each other. Their sense of hearing comes through echos.
7) How Much Milk Do Cows Produce?
It is believed that the average dairy cow can produce about 200,000 glasses of milk during their lifetime. These animals also have much better hearing compared to humans when it comes to high and low frequency.
8) Penguin Urine Makes Up Three Percent of the Arctic Glacier Ice
Something else that is interesting about penguins is they don’t fly but they have wings to help them swim. Also, Penguins do not live at the North Pole. They are also able to drink sea water.
9) Sloths Need Two Weeks To Digest A Meal
It is hard to believe that it would take an animal two weeks to digest a meal but that is the case with Sloths. Plus they only pass their urine once a week. They really only sleep about ten hours a day.
10) Rhino Has Horn Made of Keratin
The rhino’s horn is made up of the same substance as hair and fingernails. Research has shown that there is mineral deposits of melanin and calcium in the core of the horn. So some may say the horn is made of hair but it is much more complex than that.
11) Sperm Whales Recognize Each Other’s Voices
These majestic creatures have some amazing facts about them. Not only can they recognize their counterparts voices, they are amazing divers. They have been recorded as being able to dive to depths of 3,280 feet.
12) Toucans And A Bill That Counts
The Toucans have the longest bill in the world and scientists believe the length is what is able to keep the birds cool in the hot humid conditions that they live in. They are not great fliers though and they have to watch out for Jaguars and big cats.
13) The Good Luck Of The Dragonfly
This very unique insect has a reputation that if it lands on your head it will bring you good luck. When first born it lives in the water for a year. When they first wake up in the morning they need to warm up in the sun before they start to fly.
14) Dolphins Name Others In Their Species
There have been some studies done by Scientists regarding communication between dolphins. It is indicating that they each have their own distinct whistle that specifically identifies them. It is believed that if one dolphin wants to meet up with another, that they with mimic that one’s whistle.
15) Chinchillas Love Their Dust Baths
While most animals tend to use water for their bathing this is not so for the Chinchillas, as they use dust to get themselves clean. The reason for this is because their hair is so dense when it becomes wet it is way to difficult to get dry. It is believed they have approx. 80 hairs per each hair follicle.
16) Elephants Largest Land Animal
Not only are they the largest animal to roam the earth they are not able to jump. Another amazing fact about this animal is that their tusks never stop growing. They spend about 12 to 18 hours of their day eating.
17) Slugs Don’t Have Teeth
But, what they do have is four noses. In order to grind their food they have a special organ called radula. It is made up of a thousand mini protrusions. This allows them to grind their food. They also have two sets of tentacles which they can retract.
18) Koala Fingerprints Mimic Humans
The fingerprints of a Koala are so close to what humans have that there have been times where they have been confused as human prints at a crime scene. These furry little guys can only survive in the wild in Australia and they only feed on Eucalyptus.
19) Billion Pounds of Shrimp A Year
Shrimp are a favourite food staple in many parts of the world and in the US about one billion is consumed every year. These little guys do have a heart but it is found in their heads.
20) Wolves Have Babysitters
Animals in the wild are known to be protective of their young. Mom can’t always take on this responsibility. With wolves there are others in the pack that will act as babysitters so they are well looked after until then can fend for themselves.
21) Fish May Know Who Their Owners Are
Some may think that having fish for a pet is not very rewarding. However, it is believed that some fish species are able to recognize who their owners are. This is supported with a study that was conducted with Archerfish.
22) Surfing Ducks
There is no doubt that ducks love water. They also use it as a form of entertainment. Ducks have been seen surfing the tide then riding them over and over again.
23) Baby Elephants Have A Built In Pacifier
It is common for human babies to have things to soothe them like a pacifier. There are animals in the wild that are babies that need comfort too. Baby elephants have been known to suck on their trunk for comfort.
24) Prairie Dogs Use Kissing As A Greeting
Most animals will approach each other with caution. The prairie dogs however will greet other with a kiss. Not because they are in love but because this is one of their characteristics.
25) Squirrels Populate The Environment
Squirrels are always very busy gathering food and then burying it for safe keeping. The problem is they don’t have great memories so they forget where they have stored them. As a result of these stored seedlings hundreds of trees are seeded every year.
26) Octopuses Like To Garden
Octopuses don’t just lay idle in the water all day. To keep themselves busy they will gather stones and shiny objects. Then they will take these and arrange them in the sand. It looks like they are natural landscapers.
27) Closed Eyes of Tiger May Mean Affection
One may think that these big cats would be able to emit some pretty loud purrs. But, in fact they are not able to purr at all. It is believed that when they want to show their content and affection that they will just close their eyes.
28) Dolphins Getting Their Highs
Dolphins are generally playful but it looks like they may also like to get high. They will engage with Puffer fish so they get jabbed by their spikes where the toxins then give the dolphins a high.
29) Spiders With Rain Hats
Most would wear a hat to keep the rain off, but there are some spiders that wear a water droplet as their actual head protection.
30) The Whooping Bees
Everyone is aware of the buzzing sounds that bees make. What they may not be aware of is that when a bee bumps into one of their own they make a whooping sound, almost as if they were saying oops!
31) What Town Is That Goat From?
Experts are now saying that goats and even cows have their own accents. Meaning they will have a different sound depending on the region they live in. Goats will mimic the sound of other goats that they hang out with.
32) Penguin Engagement Rings Are Pebbles
Penguins are very picky as who they choose to be their mate. They don’t have the resources to give engagement rings but they will find a special pebble to give to their partner.
33) The Adoptive Squirrels
Not too many animals in the wild will adopt babies even when they are within their own species. An exception to this is the squirrel as they will often parent a baby squirrel that has been orphaned.
34) Your Dog Really Does Love You
Dogs are capable of love and not just showing loyalty because a person feeds and plays with them. Studies have showed that they have increased oxytocin levels when they are with their beloved humans.
35) Becoming Friends With A Raven
Birds are often skittish about humans. The raven possesses facial recognition where they can remember a human friend, and they will sometimes become friends with them.
36) Dolphin Moms Sing To Their Babies
When a dolphin is pregnant with her baby there is a study that suggests that the dolphin sings to the unborn dolphin. It is believed that this is so the baby can identify its Mom when its born.
37) The Napping Bees
Bees work hard all day, going from one flower to another. The nectar that they are gathering tends to make them sleepy. They have no problem taking a nap all snuggled up in a flower.
38) When Are You Coming Home?
Many dogs miss their owners, and may wonder when they are coming home. It is believed by some that these canines can estimate when the owner will be returning based on the scent of the owner that remains in the house.
39)The Tiny Harvest Mice
Some that are nervous about mice expect to see them scurrying across the floor. But there is a species that may be found in the least expected place, like in a flower. These are the harvest mice.
40)The Possessive Otter
It is believed that if an Otter comes across a pebble that intrigues them when they are in their youth, that they will keep it for the duration of their life.