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.
Punch of the Peacock Mantis Shrimp
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.
Fastest Jaws in the Animal Kingdom
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).
A Flamingos' Color
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.
The Clownfish Sex Change
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.
Bats are not blind
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.