ANIMAL FACTS

Learn about some of the strange and unusual facts and terms in the animal kingdom.
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How Animal Camouflage Works

What do tropical lizards and polar bears have in common? Camouflage - the ability to adapt their appearance to their environment. Learn how camouflage works, how it helps animals survive and what different types of camouflage look like.

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  • Can snakes really come up a toilet pipe?

    Can snakes really come up a toilet pipe?

    If snakes can come up a toilet pipe, then you may be left afraid to face the porcelain throne! Don't fret, we'll share the slithery details on these rare occurrences. See more »

  • Do all creatures sleep?

    Do all creatures sleep?

    Sleep might seem pretty simple, but scientists are still scratching their heads over questions surrounding the slumbering state. What does sleep mean to a whale, a brown bat, a migratory bird or even an invertebrate? See more »

  • Do animals commit suicide?

    Do animals commit suicide?

    Distressed birds will peck out their feathers until they expose their flesh to infection. Whales will die stranded on beaches for no obvious reason. But do animals willingly end their own lives? See more »

  • Do animals have emotions?

    Do animals have emotions?

    Your kitten's strange faces and chirps might seem perfectly intelligible, but how much meaning can you really read into them? Can animals display happiness, sadness, empathy or fear? See more »

  • Do animals have personalities?

    Do animals have personalities?

    Well, duh. Of course animals have personalities, right? Find out how scientists are proving what pets owners have always suspected: animals -- both pets and wild animals -- possess personality. See more »

  • Do coyotes and badgers work together to find food?

    Do coyotes and badgers work together to find food?

    Coyotes and badgers? This unlikely partnership is actually a surefire thing when it comes to catching a tasty dinner. See more »

  • Do mice really love cheese?

    Do mice really love cheese?

    If you're plagued by rodents, the only sure way to catch them is to load a mousetrap with a large wedge of cheese, right? Wrong – to catch mice, think sweet! See more »

  • Do rabbits really go crazy in March?

    Do rabbits really go crazy in March?

    Rabbits can be fluffy bundles of laziness or superbly rambunctious, but do they really go crazy in March? See more »

  • Frog or Toad? The Commonly Confused Animals Quiz

    Frog or Toad? The Commonly Confused Animals Quiz

    You wouldn't be too happy if everyone constantly confused you with your neighbor, so imagine how the poor frog feels when it's constantly referred to as a toad. Think you can distinguish some of the most commonly confused animals? See more »

  • Has a whale ever swallowed someone alive?

    Has a whale ever swallowed someone alive?

    Fancy yourself a modern-day Jonah? Keep in mind that this most famous of whale tales never scientifically consider if a whale has ever really swallowed someone alive. See more »

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