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Re: Bet you didn't know...

Unread post by shangri-la » Thu Dec 18, 2008 10:25 am

Snails have four noses.
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Unread post by shangri-la » Fri Dec 19, 2008 10:36 am

Tigers have striped skin not just striped fur.
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Unread post by shangri-la » Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:35 pm

The stomach of a crocodile is a rocky place to be, for more than one reason. To begin with, a croc's digestive system encounters everything from turtles, fish and birds to giraffes, buffaloes, lions and even (when defending territory) other crocodiles. In addition to that bellyful-o'-ecosystem, rocks show up too. The reptiles swallow large stones that stay permanently in their bellies. It's been suggested these are used for ballast in diving
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Unread post by bishop3006 » Sat Jan 03, 2009 11:00 pm

Of course they don't have teeth, just a suction tube, but sometimes it surely feels like they have many more than just 47!! :mrgreen:
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Unread post by bishop3006 » Mon Jan 05, 2009 1:48 pm

Of course it depends on what you define as "teeth".

If one defines teeth as the hard skeletal "extentions" that we see on ourselves and other animals with bony skeletons then the mosquito has no teeth.

But if one defines teeth as sort of as a "cutting instrument to break up whatever needs to be broken up", then one can say that mosquitoes have teeth, and it seems that they have four "sets".

This USA Today page probably explains it the best that I could find in my quick search. And this Minnesotan Department of Natural Resources page does a good job of explaining as well.

These sets surround the one thin needle-like proboscis which the female (yes, it is only the females that bite - the males are real peace-loving creatures eating only nectar :twisted: ) plunges into the host, using one small tube to pump an anesthetic to kill pain and an anticoagulant to keep the blood from clotting and closing the wound, and the other small tube to suck out your blood.

But 47 teeth? Rumours and falsehoods are unfortunately spread far too easily on the internet, and one should read with extreme caution whatever one sees. First of all take a GOOD look at the site, making an informed decision on why it should be trusted to give you information, and not just whatever the author decided to suck from his/her thumb and put down in words. The internet is both a wonderful knowledge store (vastly more complete and informative than any encyclopedia ever printed) and a quagmire of rubbish at the same time.
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Unread post by shangri-la » Tue Jan 06, 2009 12:49 pm

A beaver can hold it's breath for 45 minutes.
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Unread post by shangri-la » Tue Feb 03, 2009 1:20 pm

Hummingbirds are the only birds that can fly backwards.
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Unread post by shangri-la » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:02 pm

Did you know?...The female bedbug has no sexual opening. To get around this dilemma, the male uses his curved penis to drill a vagina into the female.
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Unread post by Bush Baptist » Tue Mar 03, 2009 6:54 pm

How romantic :doh:
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Unread post by shangri-la » Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:47 am

Butterflies taste sensors are in their feet. They taste their food by standing on it.
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Unread post by shangri-la » Wed Mar 04, 2009 2:16 pm

Elephants sweat only at their toenails
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Unread post by GlenD » Thu Mar 05, 2009 2:42 pm

Over and above the lack of stamina, the main reason a cheetah cannot keep its top speed for long is because it does not sweat and its body temperature (retained internally) rapidly rises to near lethal temperatures.

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Unread post by Rooies » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:14 pm

The first hunters that ventured into the interior of Southern Africa called the Sable a "Harris buck" It was named after a hunter Capt. Cornwallis Harris. The picture painted by Harris in his book "The Wild Sports of Southern Africa" which book first appeared in 1839, is of vast herds of animals swarming across the veld:"herds of guaggas and brindled gnoos estimated to contain 15 000 animals....the country being chequered black and white with their conregated masses"

He described how he saw herds of 300 elephants in the Magaliesberg area.

... and then came the great white hunters.
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Unread post by GlenD » Thu Mar 05, 2009 3:46 pm

rooies wrote:
... and then came the great white hunters.


The same hunters that wiped out the Quagga and Bluebuck :(

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Re: Bet you didn't know...

Unread post by Bookman » Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:11 pm

The opening of the aardvark's hole always faces west... (or so I've been told :roll: )


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