What's that Animal Number?

Updated February 21, 2017 | Factmonster Staff
  • Mayflies have a life span of about two hours.
  • A slug has four noses.
  • Despite its long neck, the giraffe has only seven neck bones — the same number as a person.
  • The mouse deer of Asia, a real deer, is only nine inches high.
  • A lobster has 10 legs.
  • The eye of the giant squid, the largest of any animal, is 15 inches across.
  • The largest animal brain belongs to the sperm whale. It can weigh 20 pounds.
  • Most starfish have 5 arms, but the basket starfish may have 50 arms or more!
  • A jellyfish is 95 percent water.
  • A male peacock has 200 long feathers that stand up from his back.
  • A millipede (which means “thousand-footed” ) may have as few as eight legs or as many as several hundred.
  • An elephant eats 250 pounds of plants and drinks 50 gallons of water a day.
  • A seahorse can lay 400 eggs at a time.
  • The leatherback turtle weighs up to 1,900 pounds.
  • A hummingbird may visit 2,000 flowers a day for nectar.
  • A tapeworm may grow up to 40 feet long with up to 3,000 segments.
  • There are more than 12,000 species of ants in the world.
  • There is a tiny insect, called a midge, that beats its wings 62,000 times a minute.
  • One beehive can contain up to 80,000 bees at a time.
  • There are 200 million insects for each person on earth.
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