WILD LIFE FACTS
Posted by Admin on December 15, 2009
WILD LIFE FACTS
MAMMALS • REPTILES • AMPHIBIANS • FISH • INSECTS • BIRDS
|Largest and Heaviest||Blue Whale
Average length 30.5 m
Largest ever recorded 33.58 m
Pregnant female may weigh 203 tones
|Smallest Land Mammal||Kitti’s hog-nosed Bat (Found in Thailand)2
Wing span 16 cm
weight 1.75 to 2 g
|Smallest Marine Mammal||Probably Heaviside’s dolphin(Found in South Atlantic)
Length 1.22 m
Weight 41 kg
|Rarest Mammal Rarest Mammal||Aspecies of tenrec from Madagascar is only known from a single specimen.|
|Fastest Mammal||Cheetah (found in Africa, Middle East, W. Asia) can run at 100 kph over short distances.
Pronhorn antelope (Found in USA)
Can run at 60 kph over long distances.
|Slowest Mammal||Three-toedsloth (found in South America) covers about 5 m a minute in trees, and only 2 m aminute on the ground.|
|Highest Mammal||Yak (found in Tibet and China) climbs to 6000 m to feed.|
|Largest and Heaviest||Estuarine Crocodile (found in Asia, Australia)
Average length (male) up to 4.3 m
Longest ever recorded 8.23 m
|Largest Lizard||Komodo dragon (found in Indonesian Island)
length up to 3 m
|largest Turtle||Pacific leatherback turtle
Average length (male) up to 2.13 m
weight up to 363 kg.
|Fastest Amphibian (On Land)||Six-linedracerunner (found in USA)
can run at 29 kph
|Fastest Amphibian (In Water)||(In Water) Pacific Leatherback turtle can swim at 35 kph|
|Longest Snake||Reticulated Python (found in India and South-east Asia)
Average length more than 6 m
Longest ever recorded 10 m
|Most Poisonous Snake||Sea Snake (found in North West Australia)|
|Most Poisonous Land Snake||Fierce Snake(found in Australia) has most toxic venom.|
|Largest Amphibian||Chinese gaintsalamander
Average length 1m
Longest ever recorded 1.52 m
Weight 11 to 13 kg.
|Largest Frog||Goliath Frog (found in Africa)
Length of body 33.5 cm
|Largest Toad||Probably marinetoad (found in South America)
Length 22.9 cm.
|Largest Newt||Ribbed newt (found in Africa)
Length upto 40 cm
Weight 450 g
|Highest Toad||Common toad
One found in Himalayas at 8000 m
|Most Poisonous||Kokoiarrow-poison frog (found in South America)
A tiny amount of toxin is enough to kill a man.
|Smallest Newt||Striped newt (found in USA)
length 5.1 cm
|Largest Bird (Flightless)||North African Ostrich
Height (male) 2.74 m
Weight 156.5 kg
eggs up to 20 cm long
|Largest Wing Span||Wandering albatross (found in Southern Oceans)
Average length (male) 3.15 m
Largest ever recorded 3.6 m
|Smallest Bird||Helena’s humming bird (found in Cuba)
Average length (male) 5.8 cm
(head and body 1.5 cm)
Weight 2 g
Egg 1.14 cm long
|Rarest Bird||Mauritius Kestrel (found in Mauritius)
About 5 are thought to remain.
|Fastest Bird||Spine-tailed swift (found in Russia and Himalayas)
flies at 171 kph
|Longest Flight||Arctic tern
May cover 40,000 km a year migrating from Arctic to Antarctic and back.
|Fastest Under Water||Gentoo Penguin swims at 36 kph|
|Largest Nest||Bald eagles
one was 2.9 m wide and 6 m deep.
|Largest Fish (Plankton-eating)||Whale Shark
Largest ever recorded 18.5 m long.
|Largest Fish (Meat Eating)||Great white shark (the man-eater)
Average length up to 4.57 m.
|Heaviest Bony Fish||Ocean sunfish is the heaviest
largest ever recorded 2.28 tonnes.
|Longest Bony Fish||Russian sturgeon or Beluga
Length up to 8 m
|Fastest Fish||Probably Sailfish
fastest ever recorded 109 kph
|Most Poisonous Fish||Stonefish (foundin Indian and Pacific Oceans)
Poison carried in spines can cause a person’s death within a few hours.
|Most Electric||Electric eel (found in South America)
can produce 400 to 500 volts.
|Largest Insect||Goliath beetle (found in Africa)
Weight (male) 100g
|Longest Insect||Tropical stick insect
Length up to 33 cm
|Largest locust Swarn||A Swarn of desert locusts that crossed the Red Sea in 1889.
Swarn estimated to contain 250,000,000 insects
weighing about 500,000 tonnes and covering 5,000 sq. km
|Largest Butterfly||Queen Alexandra bird wing (found in Guinea)
Wing span 28 cm, weight 5 g
|Most Dangerous Ant||Black bulldog ant (found in Australia and Tasmaina)
One bite can kill a man.
|Fastest Wing Beat||A tiny midge can beat its wings 1000 times a second.|