I say, “Did you know that a baby porcupine is called a porcupette?”
Mom replies, “No, did you know a group of crows is called a murder?” We went on to discuss the symbolism/meaning behind a Counting Crows song named Murder of One.
I love animal facts. I don’t know what other parents watched on TV, but often I remember my dad in particular, watching PBS shows about reptiles or manatees or the dangers of the black bear. I was engrossed. Ever since, I’ve been taken by fascinating aspects of animal life. I even attempt to find ways to incorporate some of the unusual things into my novels.
Today for your reading pleasure I’m going to spill a list of unusual animal facts on the page:
- One in every five thousand North Atlantic lobsters is born in a bright blue color.
- Approximately 200 trees can be cut down by an average beaver.
- When a dolphin is sick or injured, its cries of distress summon immediate aid from other dolphins, who try to support it to the surface so that it can breathe.
- Certain Chinese and American alligators can survive the winter by freezing their heads in ice, leaving their nose out to breath for months on end.
- Honeybees have hair on their eyes.
- An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
- Wild dogs don't bark or wag their tails.
- Elephants are the only animals with 4 knees.
- An armadillo crosses a river by holding its breath and walking across the bottom.
- A grouping of kangaroos is called a mob.
- All polar bears are left-handed.
- A chameleon's tongue is twice the length of its body.
- A rat can last longer without water than a camel can.
- An electric eel can produce a shock of up to 650 volts.
- Dragonflies are one of the fastest insects, flying 50 to 60 mph.
- Infant beavers are called kittens.
- Snakes are immune to their own poison.
- The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat (yet another reason why I like dogs better.)
Don’t those just get the brain juices flowing? Do you know any interesting animal facts?
*I used over a dozen sources for these facts. If you’re interested, I can provide the names of each.
**photos by flickr