• Hey Trainers! Be sure to check out Corsola Beach, our newest section on the forums, in partnership with our friends at Corsola Cove! At the Beach, you can discuss the competitive side of the games, post your favorite Pokemon memes, and connect with other Pokemon creators!
  • Due to the recent changes with Twitter's API, it is no longer possible for Bulbagarden forum users to login via their Twitter account. If you signed up to Bulbagarden via Twitter and do not have another way to login, please contact us here with your Twitter username so that we can get you sorted.

What are some facts about animals that took you by surprise?

chocovelvetcake

Your local cake lover ~ ♡
Joined
Jun 1, 2023
Messages
125
Reaction score
279
Pronouns
  1. She/Her
Are there any animal facts that made you go "what? no way!" I'll go first:

- Turtles can actually feel what's on their shells. I used to believe that turtles couldn't feel anything on their shells, and that their shells were pretty much like shields that they can just take off and put back on. I remember watching graphic video on youtube where there was a turtle with a severely damaged shell (you could even see it's insides), and this nurse was explaining what happened to it.

- Most mammals have what's called covert menstruation, which means the uterine lining is simply reabsorbed back in to the body if no fertilization takes place as opposed to having your uterine lining shed and bleed out, otherwise known as overt menstruation. In fact, humans are one of the few mammals that go through the latter.

- Out of all the species on earth, mayflies have the shortest lifespan out of everyone, with just about a day. I know there's some animals with short lifespans, but I didn't think there were animals with lifespans that short! Can you imagine living your whole life as a mayfly?

- Whenever bats hang upside down, they don't seem to get dizzy from hanging upside down for a long period of time like humans. This is because their one-way valves prevent blood from flowing backwards. Compared to humans, bars are relatively small enough for gravity to not affect how their blood flows through their bodies.
 
Dogs and cats being able to sense if you have body problems like seizures or your blood pressure. It's crazy how a high sense of smell leads to things we wouldn't even think of before it happens
 
I got one for all of ya: we humans are distant cousins of these guys.

1698136015586.png


They're called Tarsiers, and they actually happen to be a member of a sister group of primates to monkeys and apes (including us.)


(And no, they're not lemurs.)
 
I remember being shocked when I first found out the inside of a leatherback sea turtle's mouth......looks like this. :oops:
1698512898465.png


But worry not! Those terrifying-looking spikes are not harmful to anyone-except the turtle's food, that is. They're like a reverse filter- leatherbacks swallow a lot of saltwater when they eat, and to get rid of it they vomit it back out. The spikes are to stop the food from being flushed out along with the seawater. Pretty cool, huh?
 
Last edited:
one time my bio teacher told us that the average American eats one credit card worth of microplastics per year

I had no idea humans could ingest that much plastic
 
Hydra is a genus of small freshwater organisms that are known for both their regenerative properties (if you were to cut one in half, the 'head' would regrow a new 'foot' and the 'foot' would regrow a new 'head'. It's even been demonstrated that, in some cases, if you were to blend a hydra into a soup of individual cells and then ball these cells up - they'd form a new hydra) and for seemingly being biologically immortal - as they appear to neither die of old age or even age at all.

The only threats that Hydra appear to face outside of laboratories are predators, weather, and disease.
 
Due to their lower body heat than most mammals, Opossums are extremely resistant to rabies and rarely contract it.

They're also resistant to a fair amount of different snake venoms, and researchers are studying them in the potential of making an antivenom that could be used to help curb snake bite effects in humans.
 
There's a species of jellyfish can reset their bodies to an earlier stage whenever they get to old, and can theoretically live forever
 
birds are reptiles
Pretty cool, right??
There's a species of jellyfish can reset their bodies to an earlier stage whenever they get to old, and can theoretically live forever
Yep, the 'ol immortal jellyfish. Amazing, huh? A species that has actually achieved (theoretical) biological immortality!
 
apparently human bites are particularly at risk of infection, and are one of the most common bites people people seek medical attention for, after dogs and cats. this is due to a particular species of semi-anaerobic bacteria that thrives in our mouths, and thus would also thrive in wounds. interestingly a common method of infection is so-called “fight bites”, when someone’s hand gets pierced by a tooth while punching another person in the face.
 
carrots aren't good for rabbits, milk isn't good for cats, bamboo isn't really healthy for pandas, grapes are poisonous to a lot of mammals, pandas are notoriously bad at mating and can just. choose not to have a baby? and koalas are stupidly picky and will only eat eucalyptus leaves from a super specific tree.
 
  • vultures are actually really intelligent birds, on par with parrots and crows, and they're actually fairly trainable too. don't get this confused with them being pet-worthy, because they're absolutely not. it also needs to be understood that vultures' "thing" of eating dead carcasses serves an important environmental purpose - they can digest harmful bacteria that would be incredibly dangerous to other living animals. they are basically nature's "garbage people", so to speak. they take out the trash, and they do a damn good job at it. it doesn't have to be pretty, and it's not, but the work they do serves an important purpose.

  • i suspect some people may be aware, but not all sharks are dangerous. obviously you shouldn't jump into the open sea with your nearest great white, but truth be told is that they're not at all interested in humans as a food source and attacks on humans are a case of trying to figure out what the hell we are than anything else.

  • while this isn't going to ease the fear of arachnophobes out there, there are WAY fewer spiders that are dangerous to people than you think. most spiders would rather avoid humans if possible, they kinda want to do want to their own thing and don't care about our existence too much, if at all

  • if there's really any animal to have a healthy level of fear over, it's chimpanzees. do not be fooled otherwise - if a chimp has any reason to have beef with you, or if you GIVE them any reason to have beef with you, at that point you might as well leave the chimp exhibit because they're going to be flat-out assholes. do not mess with chimps, they leave life-scarring injuries and they will do it with no cares given.
 
  • vultures are actually really intelligent birds, on par with parrots and crows, and they're actually fairly trainable too. don't get this confused with them being pet-worthy, because they're absolutely not. it also needs to be understood that vultures' "thing" of eating dead carcasses serves an important environmental purpose - they can digest harmful bacteria that would be incredibly dangerous to other living animals. they are basically nature's "garbage people", so to speak. they take out the trash, and they do a damn good job at it. it doesn't have to be pretty, and it's not, but the work they do serves an important purpose.

  • i suspect some people may be aware, but not all sharks are dangerous. obviously you shouldn't jump into the open sea with your nearest great white, but truth be told is that they're not at all interested in humans as a food source and attacks on humans are a case of trying to figure out what the hell we are than anything else.

  • while this isn't going to ease the fear of arachnophobes out there, there are WAY fewer spiders that are dangerous to people than you think. most spiders would rather avoid humans if possible, they kinda want to do want to their own thing and don't care about our existence too much, if at all

  • if there's really any animal to have a healthy level of fear over, it's chimpanzees. do not be fooled otherwise - if a chimp has any reason to have beef with you, or if you GIVE them any reason to have beef with you, at that point you might as well leave the chimp exhibit because they're going to be flat-out assholes. do not mess with chimps, they leave life-scarring injuries and they will do it with no cares given.
Pretty interesting, isn't it? Hats off to you too colours-you know your stuff. (y) Even I didn't know that bit about vultures having intelligence on par with crows and parrots, and I pride myself on my knowledge of birds-I've got to do some more reading.
 
Pretty interesting, isn't it? Hats off to you too colours-you know your stuff. (y) Even I didn't know that bit about vultures having intelligence on par with crows and parrots, and I pride myself on my knowledge of birds-I've got to do some more reading.

thanks! i encourage anyone who wants to learn more about animals to also watch this guy's channel. he's a guy who's passionate about animal knowledge (and he does it with humour) and you learn some surprising facts about animal behaviour when you peruse around his vids.

for the vulture thing, i found that out from this video of his, and it was pretty surprising to me, too.
 
Most snakes are not dangerous either. In fact, no snake has any reason to pick a fight with you; they cannot win. Just leave them alone and they will leave you alone.
 
Back
Top Bottom