Interesting and Random Facts About Animals

Let’s explore the animal kingdom and learn some amazing facts.

Animals fascinate people of all stripes. Here are 20 amazing facts about animals.

  1. Flamingoes are born grey, after a year or two, they turn pinkish-red. They are also born with a straight bill that curves with age.
  2. Cockroaches are one of the fastest insects on land. They can travel 4 miles per hour.
  3. The first-ever photos of a live Giant Squid was taken in 2004. A Giant Squid was filmed for the first time in December 2006.
  4. Giant Squids live 650 to 3,000 ft below the surface of the world’s oceans. They range in size from 20 to 60 ft long and weigh up to half a ton or more.
  5. Moth taste with their feet. Atlas moth is the largest Lepidoptera in the world with 65 sq in wingspan.
  6. Dogs can see blues but not greens.
  7. Labrador retriever is the most popular breed of dog in the US followed by Yorkshire terrier, Golden retriever and German shepherd.
  8. Stick insect can grow up to 15 in long but the African Goliath beetle weigh nearly a quarter of a pound.
  9. Penguins in the wild are found only in the Southern Hemisphere. The smallest is the fairy penguin which stands only about 1 foot and weighs about 2 pounds. The largest is the Emperor penguin with a height of about 4 ft and weighs up to 90 pounds.
  10. Emperor penguins can dive as deep as 1,500 ft and stay underwater for 18 minutes.
  11. Spiders, which have 8 legs, are arachnids, not insect. There are 750,000 species of insects while there are only 35,000 species of spiders.
  12. Insects have 3 pairs of walking legs and they lack lungs. They breathe through tubes that open directly onto surface of their bodies.
  13. All ants in a colony are female. Male ants survive only long enough to mate. Garbage and dead ants are kept in a separate chamber.
  14. Homing pigeons are pigeons that have been bred for speed and the ability to fly long distance. They are trained to fly back to their home, sometimes over hundred of miles, after being released from another location.
  15. There are 1.1 million species of arthropods, 24,500 species of fish, 9,000 species of mammals and birds, 8,000 species of reptiles, 5,000 species of amphibians and 260,000 species of plants.
  16. 95% of all known living species are invertebrates.
  17. Snakes are not found naturally in the wild in Ireland, Iceland, Greenland and Antarctica.
  18. Macaws can live up to 50 years, periodical cicada for 17 years, tarantula and lobster for 15 years.
  19. The most popular pets in the US are the ff; freshwater fish with about 139 million, cats – 90 million, and dogs – 73 million.
  20. Box Jellyfish also known as Sea wasp and scientifically called Chironex fleckeri lives in the waters of northern Australia. Its box-shape bodies can grow 15 in across but its stinging tentacles can measure 10 to 15 ft long. Its venom can kill a human in minutes.

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  1. CHAN LEE PENG Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Wow, interesting facts! Thanks for sharing.


  2. denus Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 4:41 am

    wow, flamingos grey!?

    nice article!

    Cheers,

    denus


  3. Christine Ramsay Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Some very interesting facts. I’ll tuck them away for my next quiz night.

    Christine


  4. mikky webs Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Good and loving. Thanks my dear!


  5. Unofre Pili Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 6:09 am

    Reading this makes anyone smarter.


  6. Glynis Smy Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 6:32 am

    I was just thinking the same as Christine! Great article!


  7. Shari86 Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Don’t flamingoes turn pink because of their diet? Apparently they eat a lot of a certain kind of shrimp and that turns them pink (or maybe I’m mistaken).

    Everyone knows why there are no snakes in Ireland: St Patrick banished them! :)

    Very interesting article.


  8. Betty Carew Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Wow great facts nobert, very interesting and very well done.


  9. Blue Buttefly Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 9:14 am

    Very interesting facts, thanks.


  10. Leroy Altman Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 9:27 am

    great info


  11. Anon Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 11:57 am

    95% of known species are invertebrates? What does that say about the Christian claim of God creating humans? Think about it


  12. PR Mace Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Interesting educational article. I have a mixed black lab, but I love all dogs. I never knew all the ants were female. Go women. I will buzz this one.


  13. Juancav Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Very educational and interesting.


  14. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    you have a lot of interesting facts about animals. I would have thought hampsters were the most popular pet.


  15. Rallie X Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Flamingos are pink in color because they eat shrimp! I remember this from a zoo visit as a child, they apparently had done some experiment where they fed a flamingo peas, and it turned green!!!


  16. eatyourgreens Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    “95% of known species are invertebrates? What does that say about the Christian claim of God creating humans? Think about it”

    What DOES that say, anyway? All it says to me is God created a lot of invertebrates too.


  17. Lauren Axelrod Says...

    On February 13, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Interesting list


  18. CutestPrincess Says...

    On February 14, 2009 at 12:42 am

    yeah… very interesting!


  19. Fresh Writing Says...

    On February 14, 2009 at 1:20 am

    Hey, Mr. Bermosa!

    I was trying to find some info on animals–authspot doesn’t quite do the trick sometimes–and decided to try scienceray, and came across your article.

    This is really great work; it is very well written and informative; I never knew that flamingos were born gray-I always thought they were naturally (and always) white-pink, nor did I ever know that all ants in a colony are female…different but interesting facts!

    Nice job once again!

    -Fresh Writing

    (chrisleahy227@gmail.com), Blog – Google: Take a Stand – Youth Voice Triond Profile: Fresh Writing

    Thanks for sharing!


  20. Moses Ingram Says...

    On February 14, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I love animals, thanks for sharing this.


  21. Joe Dorish Says...

    On February 14, 2009 at 10:28 am

    Fun facts and great article!


  22. Kelsy Says...

    On February 14, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Lobster may well live LONGER than 15 years, I know at least that crayfish in New Zealand can easily live to be 40 or 50, though the only way I’ve noticed the two fish differ is in the taste..


  23. blakamin Says...

    On February 14, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    No snakes in New Zealand either


  24. rutherfranc Says...

    On February 14, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    fascinating!


  25. Tusaani Says...

    On February 14, 2009 at 7:52 pm

    Interesting facts: I’ll def. use them to impress my friends later!


  26. AC Hamilton III Says...

    On February 14, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    A real nice article with lots of trivia material. Interesting and intriguing information Bro.. Well done!


  27. Fornis Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 3:59 am

    Interesting facts.

    I didn’t know why so many ants end up dying in my kitchen. You know, the dead ants bodies were distilled to get formaldehyde. This substance has lot of commercial use.

    I wonder why female ants hide them in a separate chamber. That will be good because the formaldehyde in their body only causes irritation on our body when contacted.


  28. Maria Blazz Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 7:12 am

    What a good research! The one about cockroaches scared me a little. I’ve read they also are the only animals able to survive a nuclear bomb.


  29. Kate Smedley Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Another great article, very informative, thank you!


  30. Cara Boynton Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 11:14 am

    very interesting article! No wonder it’s so hard to squash those roaches, they run too fast!! great job!


  31. James DeVere Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Snakes don’t live in New Zealand, neither. One snuck aboard a jet from tropical New Guinea but they apprehended it before it could leave Auckland Airport.

    Thanks, Norbert . j


  32. Dorukanji Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I’m pretty sure dogs can’t see red, not green…


  33. C Jordan Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Great fun trivia. Enjoyed it. Well put together.


  34. S Air Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Interesting article – really enjoyed it!


  35. K Kristie Says...

    On February 15, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Interesting, fun and enjoyable read. Great work, Nobert!


  36. Yovita Siswati Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 12:18 am

    Brilliant work as alywas. I didn’t know that fish are more popular than dog as pet.


  37. s hayes Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 4:47 am

    What a wonderful interesting article


  38. Cardinalsfan Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 5:34 am

    This is a neat little article.


  39. Kalaiselvan Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Was Really Informative Nobert… The Information are quiet Interesting..


  40. BC Doan Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Nobert, another wonderful article! I enjoy reading all the facts..


  41. Nadine Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 8:57 am

    /What DOES that say, anyway? All it says to me is God created a lot of invertebrates too./

    I am shocked that some people like ‘eatyourgreens’ for example are still living in the land of the brainwashed! Why can god believers (or idiots) as I some times refer to them, simply brush every fact under the carpet and still choose to believe the dribble we are told in the bible?! crazy

    Great article this one, inspires lots of debate!


  42. Lost in Arizona Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 10:57 am

    Interesting facts. :)


  43. Anne Lyken Garner Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    I’d never realised that dogs couldn’t see greens.


  44. Jarff Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Awesome facts, I wonder what it feels like to be stung by a Jellyfish?
    Check out my page too: http://www.triond.com/users/jarff


  45. Silver Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    Interesting.


  46. Abdella Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Very nice. Check out my poems and stories too


  47. Vikram Chhabra Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Very interesting. I did not know all this. Thanks!!


  48. Eunice Tan Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks for gathering these interesting facts.


  49. Melody SJAL Says...

    On February 16, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Congrats, Nobert, you made it again with this interesting article.


  50. Alixander Haban Escote Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 6:37 am

    Such a very interesting article! Congratulations! Cheers!


  51. Damon Reichardt Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Interesting facts about animals, thanks for sharing!


  52. mdig1968 Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 11:16 am

    awsome article
    congrats!!!!!!!:)


  53. maranatha Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    How interesting!


  54. Radhika Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Really interesting and informative


  55. Shatwan Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    interesting and random kwl

    cetainly lives up to its name lol


  56. meandu Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Interesting article, very informative. I never realized that moths taste with their feet.


  57. Dee Gold Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    interesting,nobert.keep it up,kabayan


  58. Judy Sheldon Says...

    On February 17, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Fascinating article and the after party was some what lively too, and then for Nadine to call those believe in God idiots. That was totally uncalled for. I will probably be called a few names too.

    Your article does not deserve that ugly behavior. Well written.


  59. the critic Says...

    On February 18, 2009 at 12:22 am

    lots of people already know this stuff…..


  60. eatyourgreens Says...

    On February 18, 2009 at 2:37 am

    The reason I ‘brush every fact under the carpet’ my dear Nadine, is that I came up in a family raised under religion, my Mom was a geologist thank you and two of my mentors there (in the USGS) were doctors in the field. You need to understand that people who embrace religion are not close-minded or ‘morons’ we simply embrace a little bit more than you do as the truth.


  61. Doug Rasmussen Says...

    On February 18, 2009 at 9:23 am

    This was FASCINATING! I love anything Animalia!! But I did already know the lab is the most poplar of dog! Mine keeps reminding me that everyday while it’s a serius point of contention with my two cats.
    I love finding people who live the wild od this planet as much as myself. Good article chap!
    Cheers!
    -Doug


  62. Brager Vicario Says...

    On February 18, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Many actually believe dogs see in black and white (gray sale) and in less detail than humans and this is what allows them in part to pick up movement much faster than humans too! Nice article nonetheless though.


  63. LIVING BY GRACE Says...

    On February 19, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Hi nobert soloria bermosa,

    Wow, what an amazing set of facts about nature, animals and plants. I actually learned several new interesting facts that I did not otherwise know. I am smarter and you are a good teacher.

    I know that I haven’t said this often enough to you in the past, but you have become one of my favorite nature authors on the web. You are a good writer that truly deserves more success than you receive.

    I will Stumble and promote this piece.

    God Bless,

    Nelson Doyle


  64. Mary Contrary Says...

    On April 5, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    Great Article! My dad raises homing pidgeons. He races them every weekend. They clocked one last weekend at 73mph! It had a hefty tail wind though! Did you also know that a Komodo dragon has a third eye in the middle of his head? Just a few more facts for your next article! Love your stuff! Keep up the GREAT work! Hugs! Mary


  65. kk Says...

    On May 28, 2009 at 4:56 pm

    walkiung sticks are very good pets because they eat greens


  66. Used Says...

    On January 4, 2011 at 12:47 am

    i wonder why most worker ants are female? (hint hint)


  67. phlemberly Says...

    On February 19, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Great article! I don’t believe snakes are native in Hawaii either. I like random, fun facts about animals! Keeps it interesting and makes me love animals even more than I already do!


  68. bin laden Says...

    On September 5, 2011 at 10:14 am


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