25 Amazing Animal Facts You Might Not Know

Posted by , Updated on January 7, 2019

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The animal kingdom is full of amazing facts. It’s a world that never ceases to amaze us with all sorts of wonders and incredible feats. There are animals that can do seemingly impossible things such as traveling faster than a sport’s car or having the ability to kill someone with a mere brush of its hairs. On today’s list, I have searched high and low to find some of the most interesting animal facts out there. There are SO many, but I have narrowed them down to 25. These are 25 Amazing Animal Facts You Might Not Know.

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25

Punch of the Peacock Mantis Shrimp

PeacockMantisShrimphttps://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/phenomena/2008/07/19/the-mantis-shrimp-has-the-worlds-fastest-punch/

If you enter into a boxing match with the peacock mantis shrimp, you will lose. This little guy can throw a punch at an average speed of 50 mph (80.47 kph) and holds the title of the world’s fastest limb movement. The shrimp accomplish this incredible feat thanks to a small saddle-looking structure in its arm. When the arm is cocked, this structure is compressed and acts like a spring, which when released, expands and provides the energy for the punch.

24

Fastest Jaws in the Animal Kingdom

trapjawanthttps://kids.nationalgeographic.com/explore/nature/fastest-jaw-on-the-draw/#trap-jaw-ant.jpg

The peacock mantis shrimp may hold the title for the fastest limb movement in the animal kingdom; however, it has nothing when you compare it to the speed of a trapjaw ant’s jaw. This Central and South American ant can close its jaws at a staggering speed of 115 to 207 ft/s (35 to 63 m/s). That’s about 78 to 145 mph (125 to 233 kph).

23

A Flamingos' Color

pinkflamingohttps://www.britannica.com/story/why-are-flamingos-pink

Did you know that flamingos’ feathers are naturally white? The feathers turn pink thanks to the flamingos’ diet, which is high in beta-carotene, a red-orange pigment that’s found in the algae, larvae, and brine shrimp that flamingos eat.

22

The Clownfish Sex Change

Clownfishhttps://www.britannica.com/animal/common-clown-fish

You might have heard that all clownfish are born male. This, however, is not entirely correct. Clownfish are born with immature male and female sex organs. However, the truly remarkable feat is that these brightly colored fish can change their sexes depending on their environmental conditions. If for example, a female within the clownfish group dies, the largest remaining member of the group will become female, and the second largest individual will become the breeding male after its male sex organs fully develop.

21

Bats are not blind

bathttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/06/070615093131.htm, https://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/141204-bat-echolocation-sonar-wing-animals-science/

You might have heard the expression “blind as a bat.” Well, guess what, bats are not blind. Even though bats, in general, do use echolocation to navigate and catch prey, bats are not entirely without sight. Depending on the bat species, they could have excellent sight and smell, or maybe be slightly colorblind.



Photo: 1. Pslawinski, Juvenile male ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris), CC BY 3.0, 2. Techuser, Brazilian wandering spider, CC BY 2.0, 3. Soumyajit Nandy, Peregrine Falcon in Sundarban Tiger Reserve, West Bengal, India., CC BY-SA 4.0, 4. Rich Gasparian, Atlantic sailfish (Istiophorus albicans), Miami, Florida (Public Domain), 5. Pixabay (Public Domain), 6. goodfreephotos.com, Blue Whale Blowhole (Public Domain), 7. Gilles San Martin from Namur, Belgium, Pipistrellus pipistrellus bat on a thumb, CC BY 2.0, 8. Centro de Informações Toxicológicas de Santa Catarina, Lonomia obliqua (Public Domain), 9. Husond , Madagascar hissing roaches having a stroll on Husond's hand., CC BY 3.0, 10. Daniel Schwen, Cow (Swiss Braunvieh breed), below Fuorcla Sesvenna in the Engadin, Switzerland., CC BY 3.0, 11. Dawn Huczek, Pet rat named Albertina, CC BY 2.0, 12. Dmitry Azovtsev, North American River Otters, Lontra canadensis (per Schreber, 1777. More commonly used, but allegedly incorrect latin name: Lutra canadensis). I took the photo in San Francisco Zoo on August 29, 2005., CC BY 3.0, 13. Dimus, Public Domain image from English Wikipedia of a Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) (Public Domain), 14. Casey Klebba, Galápagos sea lion, Las Tintoreras, Isabela, Galápagos Islands, CC BY-SA 4.0, 15. Derek Keats from Johannesburg, South Africa, African buffalo or Cape buffalo, Syncerus caffer, with Red-billed Oxpecker, Buphagus erythrorhynchus, at Kruger National Park, South Africa, CC BY 2.0, 16. Alan D. Wilson, Sow and cub Polar Bears (Ursus maritimus) in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska., CC BY 3.0, 17. CC Attribution 2.5, 18. Ontley, Two toed sloth named Herman, taken at Detroit zoo., CC BY 3.0, 19. Maciej A. Czyzewski, Bee of the genus Apis on a flower, CC BY 2.0, 20. Pixabay.com (Public Domain), 21. Steve Bourne, The southern bent-wing bat, Miniopterus schreibersii bassanii, CC BY 4.0, 22. Ritiks, Clown fish in the Andaman Coral Reef, CC BY 3.0, 23. szeke, Flamingo, CC BY 2.0, 24. berniedup, Trap Jaw Ant (Odontomachus rixosus), CC BY 2.0, 25. Silke Baron, Mantis Shrimp - Odontodactylus scyllarus, CC BY 2.0

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