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Domestic Cats  Pilgrims were the first to introduce cats to North America.
Sweat from the pads of their paws. Maine Coon cat is America's only "natural" breed of domestic feline.
Cats have 244 bones in their bodies. Domestic cat can sprint at about 31 miles per hour.
32 muscles in each ear. Heaviest recorded cat was called Himmy and weighed  21.3kg.
Cats are believed to see colors. Must have fat in their diet, because they can't produce it on their own.
Meow is only reserved for humans. Cat pregnancy is about 58-65 days;
100 different vocalization sounds. There are 100 breeds of Cats.
Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion. A purring cat doesn't always mean its happy. Cats also purr if they're in pain.
Cats prefer even numbers to play. A cat can jump 5 times as high as they are tall.
Reptile Chinese Salamander can live up to 50 years old
Reptiles are cold-blooded. 25 species of crocodilians
Most reptiles are carnivores. Dinosaurs were not Reptiles.
130 species of amphibians. The king cobra is the longest venomous snake in the world.
Fish Most of the 50 species or Piranha in South American eat seeds & fruit that fall into the water.  
   Florida produces and supplies 95 percent of the tropical fish sold in North America. Fish aquariums lower blood pressure in both hypertensive and normal people.
Arowana babies live in their fathers' mouth until they are big enough to be on their own. Well cared for Goldfish can live to be as much as 70 years old.
Climbing Perch can walk on dry land and even climb trees. Discus feed their babies on mucus they excrete from their bodies
Fish age is determined by the growth rings in the ear. First fish keepers were Sumerians, more than 4,500 years ago.
Aquarium fish are the most popular pet in
America. 12 million households owning more than 158,600,000 fish.
Students who own fish score the highest on Math and                 verbal SAT, than non-pet owners.
Fish rest by blanking their minds.  There are more than 20,000 species of fish discovered and probably that many not yet discovered. 
A pregnant goldfish is called a twit. Goldfish are the most popular aquarium fish.
Birds There are nearly 900 species today    
Kiwi's mate for life, some have been together for 30 years. More than a one  thousand species extinct have been identified  
Owls can't be heard when they fly. The Kiwi is the smallest member of the family of birds called Ratities.
There are over 9,200 species of birds known. The hummingbird is the only bird that can fly backwards
  A Pigeon's feathers weigh more that it's bones. Thanks to Marvin Vargas for that fact.
The galah, or rose-breasted, cockatoo is one of the most plentiful in aviculture, The Green-winged Teal is the only species of duck known to scratch in flight.
Cows Cows were domesticated about 5,000 years ago
Cows can see color Cows can detect odors up to 5 miles away
Cows spends 6 hours eating and 8 hours chewing cud each day. Cows can hear lower and higher frequencies better than humans
Pilgrims first brought cows to America. Cows can hear a low noise up to 2 miles away.
A cow has four stomachs. 1611 Cows arrive to America brought by pilgrims but there were 1624 Cows that reach Jamestown.


Horse "Old Billy" an English barge horse, who lived to be 62 years old
There are over 350 different breeds of horses and ponies. A horse's height is measured in hands. One hand =4"
Average life span for a horse is around 20-25 years "OLDEST" pony reliably recorded was named Teddy E. Bear, and lived to be 55 and still going.
longest mane was 18 ft long Horses can communicate how they are feeling by their facial expressions. They use their ears, nostrils, and eyes to show their moods.
Most foals are born at night The Mare decides when & where the herd will go.
Horses cannot vomit Horses were the last primary  animal to be domesticated. 
Horses cannot breathe through their mouths China has the most horses...over 10,000,000!!!
Antarctic Inhabitants Fish and animals living there live by having a low Hemoglobin.
Animals & Fish there have White Blood. Organs normally Red are White there.
Elephants One year an elephant can drink 15,000 gallons of water.
Elephants have only FOUR teeth Male elephants usually weigh about 16,500 lbs and are about 20 feet long.
They can lose and replace teeth 6 times.  Most elephant communication is infrasonic. We can't hear it.
Elephants can live up to 70 years.  Tummy growling can be heard 600 feet away.
Gestation 22 months; birth weight about 265 pounds. Suckles for 3-4 years. Elephants can heard each other 5 miles away.
Dogs basenji ( African wolf dog) is the only dog that cannot bark.
Pregnancy is 60 Days. Most modern dog breeds were developed about 100 years ago
Laika was 1st dog in space, Russia 1957 Dogs were first domesticated about 20,000 years ago
 Dogs can see color. Dogs are members of the order Carnivora family.
The only dog in the world that cannot bark is the Basenji, an African wolf dog. Dogs have about 100 different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
The Dalmatian is the only dog that gets gout. Dogs and humans are the only animals with prostates.
.World's oldest dog was 29years, 5 months. Largest dog recorded, Zorba a 343 lb , 8 feet 3 inches long Old English Mastiff
Dogs are responsible for most drug busts. A dog's smell is estimated at 1 million times better than humans.
Heartbeat is 70-120 times per minute. Eight million pets lose their lives in animal shelters each year.
About one family in three owns a dog. Normal body temperature for a dog is 101.2 degrees F.
Average dog has 42 permanent teeth. A Dachshund has 125,000,000, a Fox Terrier 147,000,000 and an Alsation has 220,000,000. Humans have 5,000,000.
Female dogs are more likely to bite. Longest jump was by a Greyhound, 30 feet in 1849. 
50,000 year old cave painting in Europe seems to show a doglike animal hunting with men. When Pompeii destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, was finally excavated, searchers found evidence of a dog lying across a child.
Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens Chihuahua is the oldest breed of dog native to North America.
USA's first dog show Detroit, MI. 1857 World's first dog show took place in Great Britain in 1859.
Wolves Wolves use body language and facial expressions to communicate.
Wolves live in a family pack. A subordinate wolf will cringe towards the leader with tail low and bent legs, ears back and down, in a submissive nature.
Wolves travel and hunt in a group. Wolves communicate and mark their territories by scent.
Within each pack is an elaborate hierarchy. Pups are fed by the adults who disgorge fresh meat from their stomachs, or carry back fresh pieces of meat to the den.
The parent wolves are the leaders of the pack. Alpha male and Alpha female. Wolves were completely wiped out in England by the early 1500s..
Wolves are also very territorial animals. Scotland killed its last wolf in the mid-1700s
At first wolves were hunted for their thick winter fur. By 1900, there were not many wolves left in the western United States.
Today the wolf is classified as an endangered species The wolf is the largest in the wild canine family
The gestation period for the wolf is 63 days Two species of the wolf in North America, the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus ) and the Red Wolf (Canis rufus )
North America there are 10 recognized sub-species of the wolf A wolf can achieve estimated speeds of between 28 and 40 miles per hour for up to 20 minutes
2 types of hair, "Guards and "Undercoat" Canine teeth "interlock" so the wolf can grip and hang on to struggling prey
Wolves breed only once a year; most dogs breed twice . Wolves howl to greet one another
A wolf can consume almost twenty pounds of prey at a feeding All members of a wolf pack take part in caring for the young .
24 subspecies of wolves are recognized in North America. Wolves have no natural predators, except for humans.
In the United States there has never been a documented case where a healthy wild wolf attacked a human, in fact it is very rare when a wolf even comes near a human. Wolves are normally afraid of people, and try to avoid them when ever possible
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At full speed wolves can run at close to 30 mph. In captivity wolves can live to be about 16 years of age, in the wild most don't make it to be 8 years old.
Save the Wolf Petition Click Here The Ethiopian wolf is one of the rarest and most endangered
Whales There are up to 10,000 gallons of water, equal to 256,000 glasses of water, in each feeding mouthful of an adult blue whale.
whales and dolphins do not mate for life. The northern right whale is one of the most endangered of cetaceans, numbering just over an estimated 300 animals
A blue whale calf can swim 22 mph Over 50% of Northern right whales and New England humpback whales have scars from prior fishing gear entanglements
Fin whales are one of the fastest whales, and can hit top speeds of over 35 miles per hour A blue whale calf drinks about 130 gallons of milk per day, and gains up to 200 pounds per day
Humpback whales have the longest migration of any known mammal new species of beaked whale has recently been discovered.
Southern right whales have been seen to raise their flukes in the wind and use them as sails. A 160 ton blue whale is equal in weight to 30 bull elephants, or 1830 adult humans weighing 175 pounds each
Rabbit There are twelve species of rabbits in the United States with the eastern cottontail being the most widely distributed.
A group of rabbits is called a herd. Gestation is about 28 days
A group of rabbits lives in a warren Young trees and saplings are most vulnerable to damage by rabbits
The gestation period of a rabbit is about 31 days A Rabbit's teeth grow during their entire life
There is only one breed of domestic rabbit that changes color. It is the Champagne D'Argent. They are born black and change to a dull silver The maximum speed of a domestic rabbit is about 35 mph
There are over 55 different breeds of rabbits  
Llama Llamas are members of the camel (camelid) family
Originated in Central Plains in North America about 10 million years ago.  Domesticated from the guanacos of the Andean highlands of Peru 5,000 to 6,000 years ago
Closest cousin is the camel. Weight: 200 to 450 pounds
One of the world's oldest domesticated animal. Average Pregnancy  350 days  or 11.5 months.
Estimated 7 million llamas & alpacas in South American today. Usually gives birth during daylight hours.
Estimated 65,000 Llamas in the USA now. Cria (baby Llama) usually stands and nurses within 90 minutes.
Life span: about 15 to 29 years Can carry about 25% of body weight packing. (about 80 lbs)
Llamas have a 3 compartment stomach. Llamas are extremely sociable and need another Llama.
Llamas communicate by humming and body gestures.  Llamas usually only spit at other Llamas to establish order.
Average height 5' to 5' 6" ( top of the head) Piercing alarm scream call to signal danger
Sheep People started raising sheep over ten thousand years ago
1 lb of wool can make 10 miles of yarn. Spinning wool into thread began about 5,000 years ago
Sheep prefer running water. Sheep grow two teeth a year until they have eight
Ewes typically give birth to twins. Less than 70,000 Big Horn sheep in the wild today.
Sheep originated from Mouflon.  There are 2 groups of sheep. Hair Sheep & Merino Varieties.
80% of Australia's sheep flock is Merino There are more than 300 breeds of sheep.
Domesticated around 9000 BC wild sheep  Rarest Sheep Breed Dwarf Blue Sheep. China.
Britain's rarest sheep Castlemilk Moorit  
Frog There are about 6 to 14 species of tongueless, aquatic African frogs
Most frogs do in fact have teeth. Frogs can jump up to 20 times their length.
Toads, do not have any teeth. Largest enemy is pollution. 
Frogs are one of the 1st signs that the ecosystem is off. Goliath frog of West Africa is the largest frog and can weigh almost as much as a housecat.
Snake Snakes have been found from below sea level to 10,000 +/- feet above sea level.
Some snakes have lived 30+ years in captivity. Approximately 5500 different species of snakes are known.
Snakes can travel 3 - 5 miles an hour. When a snake is growing, it sheds its skin as often as every 4 or 5 weeks.
Female snakes are larger than male snakes. Snakes are nearsighted.
Snakes do not have eyelids. Sea snakes have no gills and must rise to the surface for air.
20 % of the total number of the snake species are poisonous. Snakes have a strong sense of smell.
Fastest snake is 8 mph. Snakes are deaf to airborne sounds.
Turtle Loggerhead sea turtles are non-vocal.
250 species of turtles. The Galapagos tortoise is the largest living species, weighing in some cases, over 570 pounds.
Sea turtles nest on sandy beaches. The carapace or upper shell of the tortoise or turtle is composed of about 50 bones.
The snapping turtle (Macroclemys sp.) has a worm-like, fleshy structure on its tongue, which it wiggles to attract fish. Some species have hinges on either the carapace or the plastron, which allow closure of the shell.
Over 85% of the earth has fewer than 10 species and 44% has none. Turtles cannot protrude their tongues from their mouths.
Snappers can live up to 60 years. The highest diversity of turtles is in the South Eastern United States and in South East Asia.
Ferret Ancient Egyptians over 3000 years ago and were brought to Britain almost 2000 years ago by the Romans.
Ferret males are called Hobs. First Ferrets brought to England 2,000 years ago.
Ferrets are members of the Mustelidae family. Ferrets can catch our colds and flu from humans.
Ferret Females are called Jills. Ancient Egyptians first kept Ferrets 3,000 years ago 
Baby Ferrets are called Kitts. Cousins to the Ferret are weasels, stoats, polecats, martens, mink, badgers and a few more.
Ferrets eyesight is not good. 16 hours of sunlight makes Ferrets go into heat.
life span: 5-8 years Ferrets should be played with every day. 
Reptiles A crocodile cannot stick its tongue out.
  The only continent without reptiles or snakes is Antarctica.