- A komodo dragon can eat 80% of its body weight in a single feeding.
- In short bursts, komodo dragons can run up to 11 miles per hour.
- The female praying mantis sometimes eats her mate just after, or during, mating.
- A praying mantis finds its prey by lying in ambush or patiently stalking its victim.
- The mouth of an angler fish is so big and their bodies so pliable that they can swallow prey up to twice their own size.
- The Tasmanian devil is the world's largest carnivorous marsupial. Although its size varies widely depending on its specific range and the availability of food, a devil can be as long as 30 inches and weigh up to 26 pounds.
- A Tasmanian devil can deliver, pound for pound, one of the most powerful bites of any mammal.
- Red-sided garter snakes in south-central Manitoba, Canada undergo a time of winter dormancy for about 8 months each year. This dormancy is followed by an early-spring mating season that lasts 4 to 5 weeks.
- Male marsupial mice die at 11 months old. Their death occurs after a single, brief mating season.
- Like many sea creatures, cuttlefish have sophisticated camouflage strategies they use at night. Each cuttlefish, though, has a unique camouflage pattern for the particular microhabitat that it settles in.
- Cuttlefish match their various surroundings in total darkness. They can assess the color, contrast—and even the texture—of their surroundings and emulate it in just seconds.
- As many as 15 male fire-bellied toads may mate with 1 female—all at once.
- It’s estimated that lions copulate 3,000 times for every cub that survives over one year.
- The average length of a bonobo’s life is 40 years.
March 27, 2013