Mammal Facts

armadillo.jpg Armadillo

The term “armadillo” in Spanish means “little armored one.”
Badgers.jpg Badger

The badger digs faster than any other animal in the world.
Bat.jpg Bat

There are about 1,000 different types of bats.
bear.jpg Bear

In the wild, bears can live as long as 30 years.
bobcat.jpg Bobcat

Bobcats are mainly carnivores and survive by hunting and eating rabbits, birds, bats, rodents and deer.
camel.jpg Camel

There are basically two types of camels – the one-humped camel (Dromedary Camel) and the two-humped camel (Bactrian Camel).
cheetah.jpg Cheetah

The cheetah, which can run as fast as 70 miles per hour, is the fastest land mammal on the planet.
chinchilla.jpg Chinchilla

The chinchilla is a nocturnal mammal, meaning that it likes to stay up at nighttime and sleep during the daytime.
Chipmunk.jpg Chipmunk

The most common species of chipmunk found in the United States is the Tamias striatus.
deer.jpg Deer

Male deer are usually called bucks or stags.
dolphins.jpg Dolphin

When a dolphin sleeps, half of its brain stays awake.
ferret.jpg Ferret

A female ferret is called either a jill or a sprite.
fox.jpg Fox

Foxes have a very keen sense of hearing.
gorilla.jpg Gorilla

A fully grown adult male gorilla can stand more than 6 feet tall.
hedgehog.jpg Hedgehog

Young hedgehogs are referred to as pups or hoglets.
hippopotamus.jpg Hippopotamus

Other than the elephant and the rhinoceros, the hippopotamus is the largest animal on earth.
horse.jpg Horse

The weight of an adult horse’s brain is about 22 ounces.
hyena.jpg Hyena

There are four hyena species: the Striped hyena, Brown hyena, Spotted hyena and the Aardwolf.
kangaroo.jpg Kangaroo

There are four main species of kangaroo with several subspecies that exist in the world today.
leopard.jpg Leopard

There are an estimated 50,000 leopards living in the world today.
lion.jpg Lion

The lion’s diet consists of a variety of animals.
meerkat.jpg Meerkat

Meerkats often engage in group activities, including wrestling matches and foot races.
Orangutans.jpg Orangutan

Contrary to popular belief, orangutans are great apes, not monkeys.
panther.jpg Panther

Male panthers are simply referred to as “panthers.”
pig.jpg Pig

Baby pigs are called piglets.
Platypus.jpg Platypus

The original platypus specimen is held at the London Museum of Natural History.
polar_bear.jpg Polar Bear

The fur on polar bears is actually translucent.
rabbit.jpg Rabbit

The most prominent feature of a rabbit is their ears, which generally measure about 4 inches in length.
raccoon.jpg Raccoon

A raccoon’s tail can be as much as 52% of their total body length.
sloth.jpg Sloth

Although sloths do not have much muscle mass, they can hang from trees with their claws.
Squirrel.jpg Squirrel

There are believed to be about 280 different squirrel species in the world today.
tiger.jpg Tiger

Tigers can weigh as much as 720 pounds and be as long as 6 feet with a 3-foot tail.
whale.jpg Whale

The bowhead whale can live to be 200 years old.
wombat.jpg Wombat

Wombats are native to Tasmania and Australia and they are only found in these two places today.
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