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The aardvark has fewer teeth than most mammals. The teeth are columnar in shape, have no roots and do not grow simultaneously
The Largest known of the species is on display at the Smithsonian Institute and measures 13 feet tall and weighs 22 000 pounds.
The Egyptians are thought to be the first to keep the African grey parrot as pets, as depicted in their hieroglyphics.
The longest recorded length for an alligator is 19' 2'. This animal was trapped in the early 1900's in the State of Louisiana. Most wild alligators do not get above 13 feet in length, and may weigh 600 pounds or more.
Asian elephants are considerably smaller than their African cousins, reaching a maximum height of 3.5 metres compared to the African's 4 metres.
The Blue Whale is the largest mammal but possibly the largest animal ever to populate the world. The largest ever recorded was 108 foot long female. They can weight on average 150 ton.
40 years and 3 months. The boa constrictor eats a wide variety of food. Young snakes eat mice, small birds, lizards, and frogs. As the snake grows, the size of its prey increases. Adults will eat monkeys, capybaras, agoutis, caimans, and wild pigs.
The California Condor is one of the most endangered birds. The population steadily declined to fewer than 25 birds, mainly due to shooting and poisoning. In the 1980s, the remaining wild condors were captured for captive breeding programs. By 1992, the first captive-bred California Condors were reintroduced in California.
Domesticated thousands of years ago by frankincense traders, who trained the gangly cud-chewer to make the long and arduous journey from southern Arabia to the northern regions of the Middle East, the camel went on to become the desert dweller's primary source of transport, shade, milk, meat, wool and hides
The oldest cat ever according to the record books is Creme Puff, who was born on August 3, 1967, and lived until August 6, 2005 – 38 years and three days.
Chimps touch each other regularly and may kiss when they meet each other. They also hold hands and groom each other.
29 years, 6 months. Dogs are widely known as a mans best friend because of its loyal nature to humans.
An Atlantic bottlenose named Nellie. A bottle nose Dolphin replaces it’s outermost skin every 2 hours. This gives it maximum speed at sea.
Box turtles are most famous for their hinged shell, which allows them to retract almost completely into their bony armour to hide from danger. This shell has great regenerative powers. A case was reported in which the carapace of a badly burned box turtle underwent complete regeneration.
IUCN (world conservation union) Red List of Threatened Species status: Vulnerable. The population is probably only a few thousand pairs.
The Fin Whale is listed as endangered by the USDI
Also known as Johnstone's crocodile. Grows up to 3 metres (10ft) long. Not considered dangerous to humans.
Female Pandas are only able to conceive within a period of 3 days in spring.
36 years, 4 months. One step of a Giraffe can be 5 feet long and they can reach speeds of up to 60 km hour.
The world's most common household pet
Some gorillas have been taught sign language by people; these gorillas learned how to form simple sentences and communicate with people.
In spite their huge size , these bears can run up to 50 km hour!
Hedgehogs are a food source in many cultures. Hedgehog meat is still acceptable in some societies, and there are folk-remedies that include it as an ingredient.
54 years and 4 months. One of the largest mammals on earth. They can stay underwater for up to 15 min.
The first domestication of the horses was probably in the steppes of central Asia between 3000 and 4000 B.C. These first animals were kept for meat and milk. As early man became more mobile undoubtedly horses began to be used as pack animals.
Jeanne Calment of France (1875–1997), who died aged 122 years and 164 days
The humpback whale is noted for having a beautiful “song” this is normally 10/20 minutes long and varies from different populations.
Many people describe these rhinos as armour-plated, but they are actually covered with a layer of skin that has many folds. Also called the greater one-horned rhino, they are native to swampy areas of Northeast India and Nepal.
The Jaguar has no known predators. In comparison with the other cats of its size the jaguar has particularly power jaws and often kills its prey by piercing the skull with one swift bite.
Because the Koalas food source is highly toxic, being only certain types of Australian eucalyptus leaves, the infants first solid food is a paste like substance that the mother poos, which help the infants gut to neutralise the toxins in the leaves.
The female takes 20 years to mature and then only spawns every 4 to 6 years
Lions are the largest cat breed and are among one of the worlds most highly skilled predators. They are highly intelligent creatures and the Lionesses hunt together to bring down their prey.
27 years, 4 months. Bacteria on quills can infect, and sometimes kill, the victim if the puncture wound is deep enough. The area with detached quills will grow back new quills
Orang-utans are highly intelligent with an ability to reason and think. This large, gentle red ape is one of our closest relatives, sharing 97% of the same DNA as humans.
The male platypus has venom strong enough to kill a small dog, or cause excruciating pain among humans.
38 years and 2 months. Polar bears have been seen walking in a straight line for 32km (20 miles) to food, with only their nose to guide them. Polar bears have also sniffed out a seal ten football fields away that was hidden under 1m (3') of ice.
A Queen Ant continually lays eggs throughout her lifetime. She can predetermine whether the eggs will be workers.
20 years and 7 months. The name "raccoon" come from the Indian word "arakum" which means "he scratches with his hands." Adult raccoons may be up to 3 feet long and weigh up to 30 pounds, although some male raccoons can weigh up to 40 pounds!
Red Kangaroos are one of the largest species of marsupials. It can bound 29 feet in distance and 9 feet in height.
The largest living reptile with the most powerful bite force of any living animal. Can grow to 7 metres (22 ft) in length. Also known as the estuarine, Indo-Pacific, marine or sea crocodile.
41 years and 3 months. Lions are the Hyenas only known predator. They are well known for their laughing call which alerts the pack of potential food
26 years, 4 months. Over the course of her life, a female tiger will give birth to an approximately equal number of male and female cubs
The Galapagos Tortoise is amongst the largest of the 40 species of tortoise.
19 years and 6 months. Rather than sucking blood, vampire bats make a small cut with their teeth and then lap up the flowing blood with their tongues. These bats are so light and agile that they are sometimes able to drink blood from an animal for more than 30 minutes without waking it up
In Native American culture, the vulture was regarded as a very important totem animal. Representing cleansing of the spirit and strength to accept difficulty, it was a spiritual figure for many.
Female wombats have a reverse pouch as they are diggers and it prevents the pouch from filling with soil and killing the young. When fully grown they can weigh up to 36 kg.
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