- Leopards have the ability to jump a distance of 20 feet and leap 10 feet into the air.
- A leopard's auditory faculties are five times more powerful than that of a human being.
- East African leopards have circular spots, while a Southern African leopard's spots are squared.
- A crocodile’s jaw can seize prey with incredible force but is unable to rip it apart as a lion might. The "death roll" enables the croc to kill its victim.
- One can tell the age of a crocodile by counting the rings on their scales (called "osteoderms").
- The scientific name for a bottlenose dolphin is Tursiops truncatus.
- The bottlenose dolphin is protected in United States waters by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
- A hippo's yawn is actually a sign of aggression, not sleepiness.
- Cheetahs can accelerate from 0 to 60mph in just three seconds.
- Porcupine quills are a great means of defense. When they get lodged in the skin, body heat makes the barbs swell, making it difficult and more painful to pull them out.
- The word "porcupine" means "quill pig" in Latin, but porcupines are rodents.
- The hollow rattling quills of porcupines are used as musical instruments in Africa.
- Baby porcupines’ quills take up to 30 minutes to harden after birth.
- Porcupine quills are hollow, making the animal more buoyant and able to swim.
- Dolphins must be conscious to breathe, but they must also sleep. To prevent themselves from drowning while asleep in the water, they allow one half of their brains to sleep at a time.
- Polar bear cubs are much smaller than human babies are when they're born. They weigh little more than a pound.
- Polar bear cubs learn to keep absolutely still as their mother hunts. If they move, the mother hits them on the back of the head.
April 18, 2013
Crocs vs. Lions Facts