Animal Facts

Do you know what is the fastest desert animal?

The pronghorn antelope. It is the largest mammal in North America. It is also the fastest mammal to be found in North America and second only to the cheetah as the fastest mammal on the planet.

(Thanks to teacher Teri Mojgani and her class at the Metairie Park Country Day School for this question AND the answer.)

Smallest Bird

The adult male "bee hummingbird" of Cuba is only 2.24 inches long. That's WITH the bill and tail! They only weigh 0.056 ounces.

Did you know that Idaho's black bear are more active during the day than at night, that the bears diet is less than 2 percent meat and that the number of cubs born in the spring is related to the size of the fall berry crop?

Because of their wide range, cougars (felis concolor) have more accepted names than any other animal in the world. They are commonly called cougars, pumas, mountain lions, panthers, and catamounts, but there are also many other less used names. (From "Cougar - The American Lion")

Crocodile eggs which are incubated below 85ºF (29.5ºC) hatch into females, while those incubated above 95ºF (35ºC) hatch into males.

Drosophila, the Small Fruit-fly, has been warmly received by the scientific community, mainly owing to the giant-sized chromosomes possessed by the cells of its salivary glands. These chromosomes, which can stretch to more than a mile long when unraveled, allow scientists to study DNA using only a sheet of white paper and a bright table lamp.

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