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25 Animal Facts That Sound Fake But Are Actually Totally True

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1. Female dragonflies will sometimes fake their own deathto avoid mating with a male.

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2. Male giraffes will smell and drink a female giraffe’s urineto tell if she’s ready to mate.

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3. Flatworms contain both male and female reproductive genitalia, and two flatworms will “penis-fence” until one has successfully jabbed and inseminated the other.

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4. Male garter snakes will imitate a female garter snake in order to attract males that will cuddle and keep them warm.

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5. To avoid being eaten by the female, a male argonaut octopus may detach its mating arm and leave it in the female before swimming away to safety.

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6. During mating, male pigs can ejaculate continuously for approximately six minutes.

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7. Drone bees die immediately after mating because their penis and abdomen are completely torn from their bodies during the process.

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8. Kinkajous, which have the ability to rotate their feet, can run equally as fast forward and backward.

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9. A chameleon’s tongue is approximately twice as long as its body.

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10. Female lobsters attract males by squirting urine from “nozzles” on their face directly onto their selected mate.

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11. A wombat’s poop is cube-shaped and their digestive process can take anywhere from 14 to 18 days.

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12. Sloths live the majority of their lives in trees. They come down to the ground only once a week to poop.

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13. Flamingos aren’t actually born pink. They turn pink from eating algae, larvae, and shrimp daily.

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14. Starfish can regenerate arms that have been severed in an attack or have been voluntarily removed for protection.

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15. A narwhal’s husk is actually a really long front tooth — not a “unicorn” horn.

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16. An otter’s poop is technically called “spraint” and can smell like violets.

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17. Flying tree snakes can soar as far as 330 feet.

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18. Spring peepers have biological “antifreeze” in their blood, making them very resilient in freezing temperatures.

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19. Manatees use flatulence to regulate their buoyancy by holding in farts to float and releasing farts to sink.

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20. The bottlenose dolphin can make half of its brain go to sleep while the other half remains awake and alert.

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21. The white-throated snapping turtle can actually breathe through its butt.

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22. The hairy frog, aka the horror frog, can break the bonesin its front feet to create claws that penetrate the skin.

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23. Unborn sand tiger sharks fight to the death and consume their siblings inside their mother’s womb so that eventually only one baby shark is born.

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24. The hog-nosed shrew rat uses its long pubic hair to feel the ground beneath it.

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25. And finally, a peacock mantis shrimp can throw a punch that is equivalent to the speed of a .22 caliber bullet, despite being only several inches long.

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