Saturday, August 22, 2009

Critter Trivia

From The Ultimate Book of Useless Information

Sharks can detect the heartbeats of other fish.

In the Caribbean there are oysters that can climb trees.

The rattlesnake has the best heat-detecting equipment in nature. Using the two organs between its eyes and nostrils it can locate a mouse by its body heat at a distance of fifteen miles.

Iguanas, koalas, and Komodo dragons all have two penises.

The tip of an elephant's trunk is so sensitive and flexible that it can pick up a pin.

Most elephants weigh less than the tongue of the blue whale.

An elephant's trunk can hold 4 gallons of water.

The world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.

Armadillos and humans are the only animals that can get leprosy.

Armadillos can walk under water.

The sloth can starve to death even with a plentiful supply of food if there are too many cloudy days in a row. It needs sunshine to raise its body temperature so that the bacteria in its stomach are warm enough to digest the food it eats. It can take up to four days to digest even a single stomachful of food.

The brachiosaurus had a heart the size of a pickup truck.

Most hamsters blink one eye at a time.

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