Category: animal

In 2013, there was a train crash in Australia caused by millipedes. There were so many of them on the tracks that a train pulling into a station ended up losing friction from squishing so many of them and crashed into another train.

The female praying mantis has been known to bite the head of her partner during sex – and the male praying mantis has been known to keep right on mating with her, despite having just been decapitated in a violent sex act.

The Inland Taipan or “fierce snake” is the most venomous snake in the world. However, because of its shy and timid nature, there has never been a recorded death caused by its bite. The word “fierce” describes its venom, not its temperament. 

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Platypus venom causes excruciating pain that can last for months on end, which cannot be relieved with conventional painkillers. Not even morphine works against it. The venom causes victims to become nauseated, suffer from cold sweats, and can even cause muscles to waste away.

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A mother black lace-weaver spider will drum on her web to call her babies to come and eat her alive.

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In the Tasmanian Devil mating season, the male has to beat the female into submission if he wants to mate. If the male is too weak, the female proceeds to beat up the male.

The individual animal with the most human kills ever was a tiger from Northern India, which adjusted its hunting strategy to kill people after a tooth injury left it unable to hunt normal prey and was shot after an estimated 436 kills.

Conservationists created a profile for the world’s loneliest frog named Romeo, to raise funds for expeditions to find more of his species. Their work paid off, and they found Juliet for him.

There is a hornet the size of your thumb that stings you with flesh dissolving acid that also acts as a pheromone to alert the other hornets to sting you until you die.

The original word for ‘bear’ has been lost. People in middle ages were superstitious and thought saying the animal’s name would summon it. They called it ‘bruin,’ which means ‘the brown one’ to avoid saying its actual name, and then bruin segued into bear.