Frequently Asked Questions About Animals

We're surrounded by beautiful species of animals that are both mischievous and mysterious. Following are a few frequently asked questions about animals. Let’s have a look:

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Question 1: Why do dogs lick people?

Answer: Dogs lick people for a number of reasons. They lick their owners as a sign of affection or when they want something, like food or attention. It is believed that licking releases endorphins in dogs that calm them and relieve their stress. So, doggy kisses are also a way for your beloved pet to feel better.

Question 2: Do animals cry?

Answer: Most animals don't cry. But there is a large marine mammal, called a dugong, who sheds tears when in pain or trouble. He is found in the Indian Ocean.

Question 3: Is there any difference between teeth and tusks?

Answer: Scientifically, there is no difference between teeth and tusks. The only physical difference is that tusks are large teeth that protrude outside an animal's mouth.

Question 4: Do all birds sing the same song? Why do they sing?

Answer: No, birds sing many songs. Birds “sing” to communicate about nesting, feeding, flying, defending, and many other aspects of their lives.

Question 5: Can two zebras have a similar stripe pattern?

Answer: No, the stripes on two zebras are never alike. Just as each person has his or her own fingerprint, each zebra has its own unique stripe pattern.

Question 6: Why do birds fly in a V formation?

Answer: A V formation helps the birds save energy. This type of formation helps the birds in front to reduce the wind resistance for the other birds. When the lead bird at the front gets tired, another bird takes its place.

Question 7: What's the difference between extinct and endangered?

Answer: Extinct means the entire animal species has died out and can never return. Extinction is forever. For example, mammoths are extinct. Endangered animals are the species that are in immediate danger of becoming extinct. The Amur Leopard is an endangered animal. In order to keep some animals from becoming extinct, measures are taken by the governments on both national and international level. These include preservation of habitat, captive breeding programs, and reduction of toxins in the environment.

Question 8: In how many directions a chameleon can move its eyes at the same time?

Answer: A chameleon can move its eyes in two directions at the same time.

Question 9: How much better is a dog’s sense of smell than humans?

Answer: A dog can smell anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 times better than the average human. The part of the brain in dogs which is dedicated to smell is 40 times larger than in humans. Moreover, canines have 300 million olfactory receptors, compared to our mere six million.

Question 10: Which is the smallest fish in the world?

Answer: A fish named, Paedocypris progenetica, is believed to be the smallest fish in the world. It was recently discovered in Indonesia. The fish has a see-through body and measures just over one-third of an inch long.

Question 11: How do chicks break out of their shells?

Answer: Baby birds use their “egg tooth,” a small notch on the front of the beak, to peck out of the egg. The chick loses the tooth once the shell hatches.

Question 12: For how many days can a cockroach live without a head?

Answer: A cockroach can live without a head for up to a week.

Question 13: Which are the largest and heaviest mammals on land?

Answer: African elephants are the largest and heaviest mammals on land.  They can weigh up to 14,000 pounds, and can eat as much as 600 pounds of food per day!

Question 14: What's the world’s biggest animal?

Answer: The blue whale is the world's biggest animal. It is even larger than any known dinosaur. The size of an average adult is 80 feet, and the weight is about 120 tons.

Question 15: What's the difference between an antler and a horn?

Answer:

1) While an antler is made up of solid bone, a horn is hollow and is made up of a hard skin tissue similar to a fingernail.

2) An antler is shaped like a branch and is shed yearly. A horn, on the other hand, has no branches and is permanent.

3) Some examples of animals with antlers include moose, caribou, and deer. Antelope, buffalo, and goats are some of the horned animals.

Question 16: Which is the loudest animal on Earth?

Answer: The blue whale is considered the loudest animal on Earth. Its vocalizations, that are louder than a jet, can reach 188 decibels and be heard for hundreds of miles.

Question 17: How many years can a giant tortoise live?

Answer: The giant tortoise can live up to about 175 years. In fact, a Galapagos tortoise, named Harriet, was 176 years old when she died.

Question 18: How many species of insects are there in the world?

Answer: There are about 1 million species of insects in the world.

Question 19: Do woodpeckers get headaches as they frequently drill for food or bore the tunnels?

Answer: No, woodpeckers' heads are filled with pockets of air that cushion their head bones and protect them from any sort of trauma during hammering.

Question 20: How many years can a snail sleep without eating?

Answer: A snail can sleep for three years without eating. This is when they hibernate. Hibernation is important for the survival of snails when the weather is extremely cold.