25 Animal Facts That Sound Fake But Are Actually Totally True

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Female dragonflies will sometimes fake their own death to avoid mating with a male.

Female dragonflies will sometimes fake their own death to avoid mating with a male.

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

Male giraffes will smell and drink a female giraffe's urine to tell if she's ready to mate.

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

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

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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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A narwhal's husk is actually a really long front tooth — not a "unicorn" horn.

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

An otter's poop is technically called "spraint" and can smell like violets.

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Flying tree snakes can soar as far as 330 feet.

Flying tree snakes can soar as far as 330 feet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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