Unique Facts About Animals That People Don’t Know
Some lizards are able to walk on water and some owls keep small snakes as pets in their nests.
With 8.7 million species sharing the world with us, it is simply impossible to know all the facts about each individual animal in detail.
Owls keep snakes
Eastern screeches are known to catch small snakes and bring them back to their nests alive.
The reason is that snakes eat insects and keep their baby owls safe. One study found that parental owls consciously did this to increase their baby’s chances of survival.
Some lizards can walk on water
Basilisks are a species of lizard that can easily walk, and even run, on water. It is found in rainforests and often uses this ability to escape predators.
The black and white stripe on the zebra’s fur is a natural repellent
In addition to acting as natural camouflage, some insects are known to be confused by the zebra’s coat pattern, and prevent them from disturbing the four-legged mammal.
Newborn ducks can imitate other animals
Ducks adopt the behavior of the first animal they see. This is known as “printing.”
They don’t recognize themselves as a species and mistake the first thing they see for their parents. They can imitate humans too.
Cats caused the extinction of 33 species
In the US alone, cats kill billions of animals in the space of a year. They are responsible for the deaths of 1.4 – 73.7 billion birds and 6.9 – 20.7 billion mammals every year. Not only that, so far they had completely wiped out a total of 33 species from the world.
Daily defecation can be dangerous for sloths
Sloths only defecate once a week and when they do, they lose 1/3 of their total body weight.