40 Amazing Animal Facts

Wait—frogs can do what?

40 Amazing Animal Facts

Wait—frogs can do what?

With an estimated 7.77 million species of animals on the planet, the animal kingdom is an undeniably diverse place. However, while the breadth of earthly biodiversity may be well-known, the amazing things our animal counterparts do are often hidden to humans.

From furry creatures you never realized could use tools to those who enjoy getting tipsy, these amazing animal facts are sure to wow even the biggest animal lovers out there. And when you want to know how weird and wonderful the world really is, check out the 100 Awesome Facts About Everything!

Beef cattle cows

Cows Have Best Friends

According to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Northampton, cows have strong social bonds and display physical symptoms of stress when they’re away from their BFF. And when you want a companion of your own, This Is the Best Way to Make New Friends.

weird laws

Pigeons Can Do Math

Research suggests that pigeons are capable of doing math at a similar level to monkeys. Think that’s amazing? Wait until you discover the 15 Animal Species Miraculously Saved From Extinction!

The Serengeti

Zebra Stripes Work as Bug Repellent

Research published in the Journal of Experimental Biology suggests that zebras’ black and white stripes may be an evolutionary feature to fend off bugs. And for more knowledge you can drop on people, check out the 20 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About Your Own Body. 

Wild chimpanzees

Wild Chimps Like to Drink

Research published in Royal Society Open Science reveals that chimpanzees in Guinea had a fondness for imbibing fermented palm sap, getting tipsy in the process. And if you’re doing some human drinking, start by learning the 20 Cocktails Every Man Should Know How to Make.

Pair of otters

Sea Otters Are Adept at Using Tools

While many scientists believe that tool use among dolphins is a relatively new phenomenon, a study published in Biology Letters suggests that otters may have been using tools for millions of years. And if you’re thinking of getting a furry friend, the 15 Amazing Benefits of Adopting a Pet are sure to convince you.

Wood frog

Frogs Can Freeze Without Dying

According to a professor at Carleton University, they simply thaw out in the spring, good as new. And for more astonishing truth bombs you can drop on others, here are 40 Facts You Learned in the 20th Century That Are Totally Bogus Today.

Male Horses Have More Teeth Than Their Female Counterparts

Male horses have 40 permanent teeth, while females have just 36.

Koala on tree

Koalas Sleep Up to 22 Hours a Day

Koalas spend even more time napping than your average house cat.

Ferret face

A Group of Ferrets is Called a Business

However, it’s not because they’re so professional; it’s a modernized form of “busyness,” the word originally used to describe a group of these weasel-related mammals. Think animal facts are wild? Try these 50 Crazy Celebrity Facts.

bad jokes that are actually funny

Octopuses Can Taste With Their Arms

They can detect flavorful molecules in the water using their suckers.

Bottlenose dolphin

Dolphins Have Names for One Another

According to research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, bottlenose dolphins have specific names for one another. And for some facts that come with laughs, see these 40 Facts So Funny They’re Hard to Believe. 

bad jokes that are actually funny

Reindeer Eyes Turn Blue in the Winter

Their eyes become lighter in the winter to capture more sunlight.

commonly misspelled words

Giraffes Have Black Tongues

Scientists believe that it’s so they don’t get sunburns while they eat.


Alligators Will Let Manatees Swim Ahead of Them

In busy waters, manatees will nudge alligators to get in front, and alligators generally oblige.

endangered species

Sloths Can Take a Week to Digest Their Food

Everything about life is slow for these sleepy mammals. And for more crazy stuff, here are 20 Crazy Facts That Will Blow Your Mind.

Crocodile yellow eyes

Crocodiles Can Grow For More Than 30 Years

According to research published in Copeia, alligators often haven’t hit their full size until 33.

Cat licking mouth

Cats Only Meow at Their Moms and Humans

Adult cats won’t meow to greet each other, but they will meow at their owners for food and cuddles. And if you’re looking for some even more useful knowledge, consider these 50 New Uses for Everyday Items.

Elephant walking

Elephants and Humans Have Similar Self-Soothing Techniques

Elephant calves will suck their trunks to comfort themselves.

Fruit bat

Female Bats Will Help Take Care of Other Bat Babies

It takes a village.

Sea turtle in ocean

Sea Turtle Embryos Can Breathe Through Their Shells

Sea turtle eggshells are porous, allowing embryos to breathe through them.

cats are likely smarter than cats

Dogs Have Way More Taste Buds Than Cats

Your feline friend likely has under 500 taste buds, while dogs can have over 1,700.

Sea otter swimming

Otters Have the World’s Thickest Fur

They’re thought to have up to one million hairs per square inch.

Owl head

A Group of Owls is Called a Parliament

Their legislative powers, however, are still up for debate.

White leopard

Snow Leopards Don’t Roar

Snow leopards have less-developed vocal chords than their fellow large cats, meaning that they can’t roar, but make a purr-like sound called a chuff instead.

Slow loris toxic bite

Slow Lorises Are the Only Venomous Primate

They may be cute, but their bite can be toxic.

Axolotl in water

Axolotls Can Regenerate Their Parts

Axolotls can regenerate their skin, limbs, tail, jaws, and even their spines.

White rhino

A Group of Rhinos is Called a Crash

Individual male rhinos are referred to as bulls, females as cows.

Fox squirrel in tree

Squirrels Will Adopt Orphans

Researchers at the University of Guelph have found that squirrels will take in the orphaned pups of their late family members.

Giant anteater

Giant Anteaters Have Two-Foot Tongues

It’s the longest tongue of any known mammal.

Brown moth outdoors

Moths Can Track Down a Mate’s Scent From Miles Away

That’s even more impressive when you consider that they don’t have noses.

horseback riding, unusual gifts

Horses Have Distinct Facial Expressions

Horses use their ears, nostrils, and eyes to communicate with other horses.

Deer antlers

Deer Can Run Up to 30 Miles Per Hour

Take that, Usain Bolt.

Octopus in water

An Octopus Has Three Hearts

Two hearts are used to pump blood to its gills, while the third brings blood to the rest of its body.


Some Worms Can Jump

Certain species of the Amynthas worm, which have recently been identified in the Midwestern United States, can jump and detach their tails.

Swimming alligator

Alligators Can Live to 100

Nile crocodiles can reportedly live for a full century.


Crows Play Tricks on One Another

Researchers have found that crows are fond of playing pranks on one another.

Rat outdoors

Rats Laugh

While scientists don’t exactly think they have a sense of humor, rats will make a laugh-like sound when tickled.

Amur tiger

Tigers Have Striped Skin

It’s not just their fur that bears a distinctive pattern.

Multicolored lizard

Chameleons Can Move Their Eyes in Different Directions at the Same Time

Of course, the skin-color-changing trick is pretty neat, too.

funniest facts

Cows Produce More Milk When Listening to Slow Music

According to researchers at the University of Leicester School of Psychology found that cows produced 1.54 more pints per day when slow music was played for them, versus more upbeat tunes.

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