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Posted on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 : 7:13 p.m.

Rats are ticklish? Koalas have fingerprints? Strange, true facts in the animal world

By Lorrie Shaw


Scorpions glow in the dark

flickr photo by Furryscaly

One thing that is clear when peering into the animal world is that it's a fascinating one.

I never cease to be amazed at the kinds of things that I learn about pets and wild animals alike.

Mother Nature usually has reasons for the attributes that she gives members of the animal kingdom, even if it seems as though she just has a great sense of humor. Animals are born with the ability to flourish in their native environment, but can adapt rather well when the need arises.

Did you know that hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards or that dolphins sleep with one eye open? Really — scorpions glow in the dark? It's true.

Here are more fun and weird facts:

  • When loud, fast music is being played, termites chew faster
  • Rhino horns are made of keratin, calcium and melanin
  • Slugs have four noses
  • Spider silk by weight is stronger than steel
  • Rats are ticklish
  • Koalas have fingerprints
  • Bees have 5 eyes. Scallops have 60 - yes, 60.
  • An ant can lift 10 times its own body weight
  • Chickens can be half male and half female, or gynandromorphic
  • Penguins can drink salt water because of their supraorbital gland — it filters excess salt from the bloodstream.

For more amazing facts, click here to see a slideshow on Life's Little Mysteries' website.

Lorrie Shaw is lead pets blogger for Catch her daily dog walking and pet sitting adventures or email her directly.


Sarah Rigg

Mon, Nov 7, 2011 : 2 p.m.

Considering the sorts of places slugs hang out, I don't think I'd WANT 4 noses...