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- It takes 35 to 65 minks to produce the average mink coat. The numbers for other types of fur coats are: beaver - 15; fox - 15 to 25; ermine - 150; chinchilla - 60 to 100.
- It takes a lobster approximately seven years to grow to be one pound.
- It takes forty minutes to hard boil an ostrich egg.
- Large kangaroos cover more than 30 feet with each jump.
- Macaroni, Gentoo, Chinstrap and Emperor are types of penguins.
- Mockingbirds can imitate any sound from a squeaking door to a cat meowing.
- Moles are able to tunnel through 300 feet of earth in a day.
- Mosquitoes are the common vector for malaria, encephalitis, yellow fever and dengue fever.
- Mosquitoes dislike citronella because it irritates their feet.
- Mosquitoes prefer children to adults, and blondes to brunettes.
- Neutering a cat extends its life span by two or three years.
- No two spider webs are the same.
- Only full-grown male crickets can chirp.
- Owls have eyeballs that are tubular in shape, because of this, they cannot move their eyes.
- Parrots, most famous of all talking birds, rarely acquire a vocabulary of more than twenty words, however Tymhoney Greys and African Greys have been know to carry vocabularies in excess of 100 words.
- Pet parrots can eat virtually any common "people-food" except for chocolate and avocados. Both of these are highly toxic to the parrot and can be fatal.
- Pigs, walruses and light-colored horses can be sunburned.
- Rats are omnivorous, eating nearly any type of food, including dead and dying members of their own species.
- Rats can't throw-up.
- Sharks apparently are the only animals that never get sick. As far as is known, they are immune to every known disease including cancer.
- Snails produce a colorless, sticky discharge that forms a protective carpet under them as they travel along. The discharge is so effective that they can crawl along the edge of a razor without cutting themselves.
- Snakes are immune to their own poison.
- Some baby giraffes are more than six feet tall at birth.
- Swans are the only birds with penises.
- Tapeworms range in size from about 0.04 inch to more than 50 feet in length.
- The "caduceus" the classical medical symbol of two serpents wrapped around a staff - comes from an ancient Greek legend in which snakes revealed the practice of medicine to human beings.
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