God must love animals – He made so many of them!
Some animals are so small that you need a microscope to see them. Others are huge. All are interesting.
There are more than a million animal species. There are 6,000 species of reptiles, 73,000 kinds of spiders, 3,000 types of lice and 360,000 beetle species. For each person there is about 200 million insects. The 4,600 kinds of mammals represent a mere 0,3% of animals and the 10,000 kinds of birds only 0,7%. The most abundant bird species is the red-billed quelea of sub-Saharan Africa, numbering almost 2 billion.
Even so, about one third of animals have been driven to extinction as a result of mismanagement and pollution by the fast-growing human population. Please take good care of the animals around you. Make your garden bird and bee-friendly. Wherever possible, please contribute time or money to animal associations.
More animal facts: A-Z of Animals
Look, but don’t touch! The blue-ringed octopus is only the size of a golf ball but it’s poison is powerful enough to kill an adult human in a matter of minutes.
The hippo is the third biggest land animal, smaller than a rhino and elephant. But no animal has killed more people than the hippo.
Whether your kitty meows or roars, it is a descendant of the Felis silvestris species. The domestic originally was not so domestic.
Adult frogs are carnivorous and will eat just about anything smaller than themselves, even other frogs. Some are tiny but the largest, the Goliath frog, is the size of a baby deer!
The bee is a remarkable animal – flowers are pollinated mostly by bees. Bees do not have ears, but they have an excellent sense of smell with chemoreceptors in their antennae.
How tall is Nessie? Much bigger than a Nile crocodile. Have you spotted Nessie lately? Others have!
Although a cow has no upper front teeth, it grazes up to 8 hours a day. Cows also are one of the main contributors to the hole in the ozone layer.
We have a curious relationship with dogs. As pets they are pampered but stray dogs are feared. How did the dog find a place in our family home?
They are beautiful, noisy and poop a lot. For a very long time too because parrots live for 40 years and even up to 100 years. And they do something that no other bird does.
Even though we will often use the phrase “light as a feather”, bird’s feathers actually weigh more than their skeletons. When it comes to their biology there are some remarkable bird facts.
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