Cool Wildlife Trivia

DID YOU KNOW…

The peregrine falcon can get up to speeds of just over 200 miles per hour? WOW! These falcons were once on our endangered species list, but thanks to making poisonous pesticides illegal, such as DDT, they continue to make a come back.

Box turtles that have brown eyes are males. Females have red colored eyes.

Vultures throw up to keep other animals away from the food they are eating. It smells SO AWFUL that any person or animal will go away.

Bats can eat thousands of insects each night. Bats are a wonderful natural way to get rid of misquotes so put up a box today! Speaking of bats, the largest bat has a wingspan of SIX feet. It’s the Malayan Flying Fox.

According to hospital statistics, people are bitten by DOGS one million times per year. Think of all the other bites that are not reported!

Opossums do not “play” possum. Their bodies actually pass out from extreme fear. Poor little guys.

Slugs have four noses.

A cockroach can live up to two weeks with his head cut off. It eventually dies of thirst.

Mammal bones are solid and bird bones are hollow.

A leech has four brains.

Only female frogs vocalize. (Figures.)

The only bird in Kentucky that can smell is the turkey vulture.

A bee must visit 4,000 flowers to make one tablespoon of honey.

An eagle can attack, kill, and carry away an animal the size of a large deer! Eagles prefer fish, however.

Salamanders breathe through their skin.

Owls do not turn their heads all the way around. They only turn them 270*. They can do this because they have extra vertebrae (neck bones). Owls have fourteen, mammals have seven. (Even a giraffe has seven. Of course theirs is a little bigger than ours)

A skunk’s spray can travel up to ten feet with good accuracy. They only spray when they feel threatened. AND, they are ever so kind enough to warn you before they spray. They stomp their feet first so leave then before you get sprayed.

Great horned owls love to eat skunk. Read about the turkey vulture above to find out why.

Coyotes are great swimmers.

Opossums do not carry rabies. Their body temperature is too low.

Opossums are the United States’ ONLY marsupial. (mammal with pouch)

Opossums have been around since the dinosaurs…about 70 million YEARS ago! They are our oldest living mammal. Now that is pretty cool.