1. Koalas Have Human Fingerprints
Slow-moving and afficionados of eucalyptus plants, koalas are beloved creatures. They also have fingerprints that are indistinguishable from human ones. Their fingerprints feature the same whirls and loops. Researchers have determined that the marsupials adapted this feature to clutch the branches of trees as they forage for food. According to random animal facts, chimpanzees have this same human characteristic. Learn more about koalas here.
2. Platypuses Can Shoot Venom from Their Feet
While platypuses have an unusual appearance that makes them seem like they’re cobbled together from other non-threatening animals, like a duck and a beaver, they are feisty creatures. If you make one angry, it may shoot venom at you from spurs that are located on its back feet. This means that they are one of the few kinds of poisonous mammals. Learn more about this animal here.
3. Sloths Have Olympian-Like Swimming Skills
Sloths are one of the slowest animals in the wild, but when they’re in the water, they can swim like an Olympian. In fact, these slow-moving creatures can swim almost four times faster than they move on land. Sloths even do the breaststroke the same way that humans do. Swimming is a skill they need to survive. Sloths are amazing. Learn more here!
4. Elephants Can’t Jump
Elephants are amazing animals that have many admirable characteristics. They have an incredible sense of smell, social lives that are as complex as humans and are almost immune to cancer. Despite all of their great qualities, they can’t jump. The reason for this is due to weak lower-leg muscles and stiff ankles. Read more about elephants
5. The Great White Shark Must Keep Swimming to Breathe
In the Pixar movie “Finding Nemo,” Dory sings “just keep swimming” to keep Marlin from giving up, but fun facts about animals include the one that the great white shark must keep swimming to stay alive. This type of shark must swim quickly with its mouth open for oxygen to get to its gills. Learn more about great white sharks here.
6. The Narwhal’s Horn is a Tooth
Narwhals have the ultimate snaggle tooth. The famous tusk or horn that gives them the appearance of being a unicorn of the sea is actually a tooth. It protrudes through the upper lip of male narwhals, and it is how they attract females. Narwhals are at home in the cold waters of the Arctic Circle.
7. Whales Can Put Half of Their Brains to Sleep
Blue whales are so large that a human baby could crawl through one of their major blood vessels, but they are unable to breathe underwater. Periodically, they must surface to breathe. So, how do they sleep? They sleep by being able to put half of their brains to sleep. This lets them rest while remaining awake enough to breathe and search for danger. Read more about this animal here.
8. Kangaroos Can’t Walk Backwards
Kangaroos are large Australian marsupials capable of hopping great distances, but the structure of their large tails and strong rear feet makes it impossible for them to walk backward. The designers of the Australian Coat of Arms used the animal for this reason. It symbolizes that the nation only moves forward. Read more here.
9. Sea Otters Hold Hands When They Sleep
Sea otters are water-based creatures that live most of their lives in water. They hunt, eat and sleep in waterways. Sea otters hold hands when they fall asleep to avoid floating away from one another in the ocean while they’re resting. They also anchor to a spot by tangling themselves up in seaweed or kelp. Read more about this amazing animal.
10. Hyenas are More Related to Cats than Dogs
Hyenas are more closely related to cats than dogs even though many people think that they look more like a dog. Technically, the animal is a part of the Feliformia suborder, which is one of the two Carnivora orders, but they are different enough from cats for their own separate classification, which is the Hyaenidae. Read more about hyenas..
11. Bearded Dragons Wave Their Arms to Get Your Attention
You’d think that beared dragons would be feisty and inclined to bite, but these mid-size lizards are quite friendly. Bearded dragons might look intimidating with their scales and jagged beards, but they like to be stroked. They also waive their arms in a human-like way to get attention. Read the bearded dragon encyclopedia page for more information.
12. Butterflies Taste with Their Feet
Butterflies can with their feet! The insects have a long tube-like tongue, which is referred to as a proboscis, that they use to ingest flower nectar, but they actually taste with their feet. This lets them determine which flowers are best for laying their eggs on. Learn more about butterflies here.
13. Rabbits Release Heat from Their Ears
Like you, rabbits use their ears to hear. In fact, they can rotate them 270 degrees to do so. However, bunnies are unable to sweat to stay cool in the hot summer. Instead, their ears shed heat, allowing rabbits to keep their bodies at a safe temperature. See the rabbit encyclopedia page for more informaiton.