Fun Science Facts about Animals, Insects, and Fish

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Do you ever find yourself struggling to make small talk at a party? The typical topics – the weather, what the other person does for a living, whether or not you have children – have all become pretty clich├ęd. Next time you’re at a social gathering, why not break the ice with one of these fun, funny, and absolutely true facts?

Ancient Creatures

One of the oldest animals on the planet is the crocodile. Crocs have been around for over 200 million years. By way of comparison, the dinosaurs died out 65 million years ago.

If you’ve seen movies with dinosaurs chowing down on grass, someone got his or her facts wrong. There was no grass as we know it during the Jurassic era.

We all know the huge dinosaurs like the T-Rex, but did you know the smallest dinosaurs were only about the size of chickens?

Creatures on Land

Humans and gorillas share 90 to 95 percent of our DNA.

The first animal in space was a dog, not a chimp as is popularly believed.

Don’t irritate a camel or he/she may spit at you. Camels are notoriously grumpy creatures, and it doesn’t take much to set them off.

It’s good to be royalty. In ant colonies, the queen can live up to thirty years while workers survive only about 3 years on average.

It’s better to be an ant than a fly. A housefly’s lifespan is only about fourteen days.

A giraffe’s tongue is approximately 20 inches long. Among other things, it uses its tongue to clean out its ears. I think I’d rather deal with wax buildup.

Creatures in the Sea

Speaking of long tongues, the tongue of a blue whale is almost as long as an elephant’s body; its heart is the size of a small car.

Think you can outswim a shark? Think again. Once it gets going, a shark can reach speeds of up to 44 miles per hour. Even at full sprinting speed, Olympic champions like Michael Phelps can only reach speeds of about 4.5 miles per hour.

Every Day is Valentine’s Day

One of the most amorous animals is the lion. During a mating bout, a lion pair may do the deed 20 to 40 times per day for several days in a row. All that and no Viagra.

In one mating season, a female rabbit can produce up to 800 children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Be the Life of the Party

Whether you work for an SEO company or you’re a Hollywood star, you’re bound to get your friends laughing as you share the intimate details of animal life. Try it at your next social gathering and see.

About the Author: Adrienne is a blogger and aspiring writer. When she’s not blogging about tech and social media, you might find her practicing her French, whipping up some recipes she found on Pinterest, or obsessing over vintage postcards and stamps.

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