25 Animal Kingdom Facts That You Might Find Hard To Believe

Posted by , Updated on July 28, 2015

The Animal Kingdom. An outrageous kingdom full of residents that are capable of doing extraordinary things. We love to watch them, study them, and to a certain degree be around them (though some can eat us, sooooo we have to be careful when being around them). Some people find the animal kingdom to be innocent and authentic compared to human societies while others find it brutally violent and instinctive (both are awesome). There are so many fascinating facts about the animal kingdom that it may seem like you can never stop learning new details about it, and why would you want to? In fact, what you are about to witness might just sway you to study the animal kingdom even more or at least sit back and enjoy some facts that you will find hard to believe. For example, did you know that Oysters can change sex? Or how about the fact that one little frog can easily kill ten grown man. So if you’re ready to read on about the insanity that is the Animal kingdom, then let us present you with these 25 Animal Kingdom facts that you might find hard to believe.

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The arctic tern travels at least 36,000 km/18,641 miles each year, flying from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back. That makes it the farthest migrating animal in the world.

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Cuttlefish change color almost instantaneously to mimic their surroundings. They do this while being completely color-blind!

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The legendary “rattle” in the rattle snake is made up of hollow segments which are interlocked by keratin. A rattlesnake can contract the muscles in its tail to make the segments vibrate against one another, thus making the sound.

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Cats can rehydrate by drinking saltwater because their kidneys are super-efficient.

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Even though Arabian camels are known for almost never sweating, they are capable of drinking thirty gallons of water in less than fifteen minutes.

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Contrary to popular belief, chameleons don’t change color to match their surroundings, but rather to exhibit their emotions.

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The strongest and most dominant male elephant seals are the definition of “alpha male” since they collect a harem of 40 to 50 females during breeding season.

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Most humans are not capable of smelling water but elephants can smell water from several miles away.

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When tarantulas molt, they can replace internal organs including stomach lining, female genitalia, and even lost limbs.

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Goats and sheep have rectangular pupils that allow them to see almost a full 360 degrees around them.

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It might take a long time for a giant clam to find a spot to call home on a reef, but once it does it won’t move from there for the rest of its life.

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A Komodo dragon’s saliva contains more than fifty types of bacteria. Animals bitten by it will die within twenty-four hours from blood poisoning, if they aren’t eaten first that is.

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13

Pandas spend an average of twelve hours per day eating and must consume twenty-eight pounds of bamboo daily to fulfill their dietary needs.

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12

African elephants hold the record for the longest pregnancy among all mammals; they stay pregnant for nearly two years.

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11

The flying snake can glide in the air for distances up to 330 feet and can even make turns in the air.

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10

Galapagos tortoises live on average over 150 years and sleep for sixteen hours a day. Additionally, they can go a year without food or water.

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The tiny golden poison dart frog is about two inches long but hides in his little body enough venom to kill ten grown men.

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Hippos take care of themselves more than you would imagine; they secrete a red oily substance from their skin that acts as sunblock and a moisturizer.

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Polar bears are famous for their beautiful white fur. But what few people realize is that this animal actually has black skin under its fur. Furthermore its fur is not even white, rather it's pigment-free and transparent. Each hair strand has a hollow core which scatters and reflects visible light giving the Polar bear its white appearance.

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6

Seahorses are monogamous and mate for life. Surprisingly, the male seahorse is the only male animal on Earth that bears the unborn young.

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Most know that cheetahs are the fastest land animals on Earth but not many are aware of how impressive their speed actually is. During its prime a cheetah can go from zero to sixty in three seconds. Yep, that’s even faster than many super cars.

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Did you know that an oyster can change gender? It's true. In fact, they can do this multiple times during their lives (though most do it once).

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Fleas are without a doubt the greatest jumpers in the world since they can jump one hundred times their body length.

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Most people know that the blue whale is the largest animal in the world. Nevertheless, here is some perspective for you. The blue whale’s tongue weighs as much as an adult elephant.

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A great white shark's sense of smell is so powerful that it is capable of tracking tiny amounts of blood from three miles away.

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