Silver ants reflect light, allowing them to be the only creatures active during peak hot hours in the Sahara desert. Their reflective skin allows them to stay in the sun up to 10 minutes at a time.
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Elephants use their ears to cool down. The big skin surface and moves like a fan blade and can reduce their body temperature by about 10 degrees Celsius (20 Fahrenheit).
Posted 7 months ago
The Tennessee Aquarium is home to Electric Miguel, an electric eel with a Twitter account. He sends out tweets by generating high voltage electrical discharges.
Posted 3 years ago
The Ostrich lays the biggest eggs in the world. Their eggs can measure up to 6 inches in diameter, and weigh more than five pounds.
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Chipmunks need to keep their fur clean. They take showers with wood and sand dust, the perfect chipmunk shampoo for oily hair.
Octopuses don't have tentacles, they have eight arms. Arms are more versatile than tentacles and can perform much finer movements.
Indus river dolphins sleep in very short intervals, lasting at most one minute. Strong river currents require them to keep swimming, allowing little time for sleep.
The blue whale is the loudest animal on earth. A blue whale call can travel hundreds of miles across the water, and it is louder than an F18 jet fighter.
Woodpeckers can peck wood up to 20 times per second. Their beaks grow constantly to compensate for the wear and tear of pecking, which can add up to 12,000 pecks per day.
Elephant trunks contain more than 40,000 muscles. They are strong enough to lift more than 700 lbs, yet precise enough to draw a painting using an artist's brush.
The sailfish is the fastest fish in the world, capable of reaching speeds of 68 miles per hour (110 km/h).
The tongue of an Anteater can grow longer than the size it's head.
The Bee Hummingbird (Mellisuga helenae) weights approximately 1.8 grams, less than a U.S. penny. It is the smallest bird in the world, measuring just 2.2 inches long.
Fire ants can build living floating rafts. When flooded, they grab onto each other using their jaws and sticky legs, forming a circular floating raft.
Snow leopards can use their tail as a blanket, wrapping it around their body to keep warm. It's a good thing to have in cold climates where temperatures may dip as low as -40°C (-40° F).
Tigers are the largest cats in the world, followed closely by lions. Cougars have the largest paws and largest hind legs.
Lady bugs eat up to 5,000 tiny insects during their life. They reduce plant pests and pesticide use dramatically.
Polar bear fur is transparent, it just looks like it's white because it reflects sunlight.
It takes a worker bee 5 weeks to produces less than 1/10 of a teaspoon of honey.
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Dragonflies use 80% of their brainpower just to process vision signals. They are capable of seeing everything around them without moving their eyes.
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