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The snapping turtle eats carrion and is used by police to find dead bodies in lakes, ponds and swamps.

The Alaskan blackfish is found in Arctic region. When the cold Arctic winter comes, the waters the blackfish calls home freeze. And so does the blackfish! It's not dead, but only in a state of suspended animation. Months later when spring arrives, and ice melts, the blackfish comes back to "life" and goes off swimming on its merry way as if nothing ever happened.

Sharks never stop moving, even when they sleep or rest.

The woolly mammoth, extinct since the Ice Age, had tusks almost 16 feet high.

The king crab walks diagonally.

The East Alligator River in Australia's Northern Territory, was misnamed. It contains crocodiles not alligators.

The first known contraceptive was crocodile dung, used by Egyptians in 2000 B.C.

The kinkajou's tail is twice as long as its body. Every night, it wraps itself up in its tail and uses it as a pillow.

The average minimal speed of birds in order to remain aloft in flight is reported to be about 16 feet per second, or about 11 miles per hour.

Young birds such as ducks, geese, and shore birds are born with their eyes open.

A few species of monkeys and apes see the full spectrum of color, as well as some birds and possibly fish. Most animals, however, perceive the world in shades of gray, including the bull. A bull who charges a bright red cape is charging because of the movement of the cape, not the color.

A large kangaroo would make a great long-distance jumper, covering more than thirty feet with a single jump.

In Budapest, they control the pigeon population by mixing birth control chemicals with the birdseed.

Lobsters are scared of octopuses. The sight of one makes a lobster freeze.

A cat's jaw cannot move sideways.

Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.

In 1992 five cows were killed in drive by shootings in Clay County, Missouri.

When reflected from bright lights (head lights) deer's eyes are orange, whereas cats and dogs are green. Rabbits eyes remain black.

The heaviest dog on record is an Old English Mastiff named Zorba, who weighed 343 pounds and measured 8 feet and 3 in. from nose to tail.

In Vermont, the ratio of cows to people is 10:1.

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