Funny Facts and Fun Trivia about Animals

The world's largest rodent is the Capybara. An Amazon water hog that looks like a guinea pig, it can weigh more than 100 pounds.
The world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.
There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.
There are around 2,600 different species of frogs. They live on every continent except Antarctica.
There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth.
There are more than 100 million dogs and cats in the United States. Americans spend more than 5.4 billion dollars on their pets each year.
There are more than 900,000 known species of insects in the world or approximately two thirds of known species.
There is no single cat called the panther. The name is commonly applied to the leopard, but it is also used to refer to the puma and the jaguar. A black panther is really a black leopard.
Though human noses have an impressive 5 million olfactory cells with which to smell, sheepdogs have 220 million, enabling them to smell 44 times better than man.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
Walt Disney's family dog was named Lady. She was a poodle.
When a domestic cat goes after mice, about one pounce in three results in a catch.
When a female horse and male donkey mate, the offspring is called a mule, but when a male horse and female donkey mate, the offspring is called a hinny.
When a giraffe is born, it has to fall around six feet to the ground.
When a queen bee lays the fertilized eggs that will develop into new queens, only one of the newly laid queens actually survives. The first new queen that emerges from her cell destroys all other queens in their cells and, thereafter, reigns alone.
When ants find food, they lay down a chemical trail, called a pheromone, so that other ants can find their way from the nest to the food source.
When the Black Death swept across England one theory was that cats caused the plague. Thousands were slaughtered. Ironically, those that kept their cats were less affected, because they kept their houses clear of the real culprits, rats.
Worker ants may live seven years and the queen may live as long as 15 years.
You're more likely to be a target for mosquitoes if you consume bananas.