Fun Facts about Animals

Animal Facts

  • Fleas can jump 350 times its body length.
  • Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.
  • Crocodiles cannot stick their tongue out.
  • Starfish do not have a brain.
  • Slugs have 4 noses.
  • Only female mosquitoes bite.
  • Polar bear skin is black!
  • The only mammal capable of flight is the bat.
  • A newborn kangaroo is the size of a lima bean.

Cat Facts

  • Cats have 32 muscles in each ear.
  • Cats have 4 rows of whiskers.
  • Cats have no collarbone, which is one reason they are so flexible.
  • Cats spend approximately 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves.
  •  “American Shorthair” is the designation reserved for pedigreed cats, while similar-looking cats of mixed or unknown origin are called “domestic shorthairs.”
  • Feline’s jaws cannot move sideways.
  • Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs have about ten!
  • Cat whiskers are so sensitive they can detect the slightest change in air current.
  • Cats have 26 baby teeth and 30 permanent teeth.

Dog Facts

  • Dalmatians are born without spots!  They are born with plain white coats with their first spots appearing after they are 1week old.
  • Dogs sweat through their foot pads to help keep them cool.  They also keep cool by panting.
  • Greyhounds are the world’s fastest dogs with the ability to reach up to 45 mph.
  • Every dog has a unique nose print with no two alike.
  • The Basenji, an African wolf dog, does not bark in a normal way but may yodel or scream when excited!
  • Snoopy, from Charles M. Schultz’s “Peanuts” comic strip, is a beagle.
  • A dog’s sense of smell is 1000 times greater than a human!
  • Nine percent of dog owners will have a birthday party for their pet.
  • Dogs have 28 baby teeth and 42 permanent teeth.
  • 94% of pet owners say their animal pal makes them smile more than once a day.
  • The American Veterinary Dental Society states that 80% of Dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3.

Written by Jackie Goldoff. 

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