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Bet you didn't know...

Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:09 pm

I always love reading interesting facts about animals :) If you have any, please post them.
NOTE: Post facts not stories or assumptions. Stick to ANIMALS.

 The name 'leopard' came from the mistaken belief that they were a hybrid between a lion and a panther. A recessive gene causes melanism in some leopards, which people call panthers, but they are really just black leopards.
 An impala can leap up to 3 meters high and 11 meters in length.
 A giraffe can get by on only 5 minutes of sleep a day.
 Each turn in a set of male Kudu’s horns represents roughly 2 years of life.
 Hippos will eat elephant dung in times of drought and food deprivation.
 The Springhare buries itself alive during the day to protect itself by blocking the entrance to its burrow with sand.
 You can tell the difference in a male and female giraffe by looking at their horns – Males are bald, except for young males, who have hair, and old females, who don’t.
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Unread postby wildheart » Fri Jul 18, 2008 2:33 pm

Very interesting WAC.

You can also tell the difference between a male giraffe and female by the way they drink. The male spreads his legs while the female bends her legs.

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Unread postby Wild about cats » Fri Jul 18, 2008 3:05 pm

# The only animal with 4 knees is the elephant.
# All porcupines float in water.
# Bats always turn left when they exit a cave.
# The elephant is the only mammal that cannot jump.
# Dolphins sleep with one eye open.
# The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint, no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
# Impala are never furthur than 10kms from water.
# When nearing a waterhole, gamepaths will merge.
# In 1975, a horse gave birth to a zebra for the very first time.
# Elephant trunks can hold 4 gallons of water.
# Man is the only animal that sleeps on its back.
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Unread postby Batmad » Sun Jul 20, 2008 5:29 pm

Wild about cats wrote:
# Bats always turn left when they exit a cave.


i never knew that :shock:

here is one...............

# the hildebrands horseshoe bat has the lowest echolocation call of all the horseshoe bats.
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Unread postby Jock » Mon Jul 21, 2008 1:25 am

I saw this on a program yesterday. A banded mongoose hunts rats and will use the black shoulder kite as a way of finding them. They watch and see when a kite is hunting and then run to locate the rat and catch it before the kite does.
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Unread postby BigJ » Thu Jul 24, 2008 10:33 am

The porcupine is the second largest rodent next to the capibara of south-america !
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Unread postby ecojunkie » Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:44 pm

Lions definitely sleep on their backs!!!
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Aug 15, 2008 5:24 pm

Bet you didn't know that the top predator of West Coast NP is the caracal.
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Unread postby annalie » Sat Aug 23, 2008 2:50 pm

Bet you didn't know that another name for the Senegal Kassina frog is the running frog.

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It differs from most other frogs in that it runs on all four legs when hunting prey, while other frogs are content simply to hop along using both hindfeet at once.
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Unread postby Emily86 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 9:50 pm

An indication of a Lions age is linked to how much black there is on the animals nose. As they age their nose develops black spots eventually covering up the pink.
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Unread postby Emily86 » Tue Sep 02, 2008 10:21 pm

A giraffe tongue can be upto 18 inches long and they have 7 veterbrae in their neck- the same as humans.
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Re: Bet you didn't know...

Unread postby shangri-la » Tue Dec 16, 2008 12:31 pm

CuriousCanadian wrote:Sorry to hi-jack your quiz for a bit...

shangri-la wrote:The correct answer was The tail.
When you pull back the dark brown tip of the lion's tail, you will see a small claw. We do not know if the lions use this claw or not, but it's still cool to know.


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3. What do you know about the claw in the tail?

I know that it is a complete myth!!! No such a thing exists in lions.


What about this article?

"The lion is the only cat with black tufted tails (both sexes) and manes (males). The tufts hide a strange hard "spur" which is separated from the last vertebra of the tail, and is unique only to lions (although not found in all lions!). It is said to contain nerves and blood vessels, and has thought to be some sort of tactile organ. It was once believed to have been a remnant of a claw that was found in ancient lions but disappeared as they evolved. When the lion attacked its prey, the tail's claw locked in for extra gripping support."


some say a myth!!! and some say it's right they do have a strange hard "spur" (Claw) at the end of the tail!!!! :hmz:
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Unread postby shangri-la » Tue Dec 16, 2008 4:07 pm

When hunting in packs, wolves use different howls to communicate with one another. Because echoes can distort communication, a wolf's howl does not produce an echo, even when emitted in a valley surrounded by mountains.
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Unread postby Peter Betts » Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:34 am

Did you know that any mature Kudu Bull can see the tips of its horns through the curls at any time...It needs this asset when it runs through thick bush and has to throw its head back in order that it doesnt get entangled in the bushes and it then knows how high or low to tilt its head
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Re: Bet you didn't know...

Unread postby shangri-la » Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:15 am

The brain of a roach is located inside of its body. If a roach loses its head, it can live up to nine days. A decapitated roach dies not because it cannot think, but because it cannot eat.
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