When geckos think they are about to be caught or harmed, they can release their tails from their bodies to flee. The tail will continue to wiggle for several minutes afterward. The lizard will regrow its tail.
I’m pretty stunned at how smart the octopus is. In labs they’ve been known to crawl out of their own containers, crawl over to another container, take food from it, close that container, crawl back to their own, and close their container lid. They seem to have good memories and may show evidence of observational learning.
The adult platypus is smaller than you think. It’s been my experience that most North Americans think the platypus is a medium-sized animal, like muskrat/raccoon/otter size. Nope. An average size would be about a foot long, which surprised me - I thought they’d be bigger. But, boy, aren’t they cute.
Koalas and wombats are social as younguns, then become more and more solitary as they age. They like to know that there’s another koala or wombat in the area, but they generally keep to themselves. This is why wombats, especially, don’t make good pets. But I will say that the wombat is the cutest thing I’d ever seen - I’d give my eyeteeth for one. And they’re a solid animal. They’re not huge (maybe small to medium dog sized) but they just seem to have a good deal of mass. Very solid. But very cute.
Everyone knows that Australia has 'roos. Some even know that there’s two kinds: the red and the gray. However, the land of Oz has a ton of different kinds of wallabys, which, while separate species, look a lot like miniature 'roos (in differing sizes, depending on the type). There’s roos everywhere (sorta)!
An octopus can lift ten pounds of weight for every one pound of body mass. That means those 50 pound octopi at the aquarium need at least a 500 lb. weight on the lid of the tank! Probably even more just to be safe.
I had forgotten about this!! Yes, it is very cool! I was once on an entomological trip in the desert where, at night, we used portable blacklights to attract moths. I took one of the lights on a wander out across the desert and was surprised at all the glowing scorpions.
There were many more than I had ever expected!
Some of them were clinging to the tumbleweeds and brush at around mid-calf height! And I had been blithely tromping around in shorts! :eek:
I was surprised to read that a significant portion of a cow’s nutrition comes only indirectly from what they eat. More directly, it comes from the bodies of the bacteria that thrive in their first stomach. I don’t know what percentage of nutrients the bacteria represent, but as long as you feed the cow something that the bacteria can digest, the bacterial portion of their feed would be the same.
Oh, I read the following in a Star Trek novel. I’m prepared to have someone tell me it’s untrue. --> You can get a cow drunk by feeding it apples. The apples ferment and produce alcohol in their stomach.
And, man, those are big beavers. My dog only weighs 68 lb. and she’s hard to lift.