Are you an animal expert? See how many of these little-known facts about the animal world you know!
The only lion that exists outside of Africa is the Asiatic lion, an endangered species which lives only in the Gir Forest in the state of Gujarat in India.
The individual animal with the longest recorded lifespan was a Madagascar radiated tortoise, which was known to be alive in the 1770s and died in 1965, making it at least 188 years old.
Gorillas and humans are so closely related that they share many of the same diseases. Baby gorillas in zoos are given the same vaccinations as human infants, as well as tetanus and rabies shots throughout their lives.
Crows perform a behavior called “anting” where they crush an ant and rub it over their bodies so that the formic acid from the ant will keep parasites away. Crows will also bask in the sun with their wings out to absorb vitamin D.
There are only 4 poisonous snake species in the United States: rattlesnakes, copperheads, cottonmouths, and coral snakes. More people die of bee and wasp stings than snakebites each year.
Sloths belong to the same order (Xenarthra) as anteaters and armadillos. They are found only in Central and South America and lack both canine and incisor teeth.
Giraffes sleep standing up and only require between 5-30 minutes of sleep in a 24 hour day. They often do this by taking short naps that last only 1-2 minutes.
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