10 Unusual Facts about Animals 

For SPM students. 

Studying for SPM exams can be tiring and a little boring after a while, so take a break from the grind and enjoy these 10 random and unusual animal facts! 

1. Axolotls can regenerate just about any part of their body.

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Axolotls are amphibian creatures that have the unique ability to regenerate their body parts. This ability allows them to regrow limbs, spinal cords, tails and even certain parts of their brain. 

2. Mantis shrimp have one of the most complex set of eyes in the animal kingdom.

 They have 16 different types of colour-receptive cones, whereas humans only have three… In comparison, the mantis shrimp has an incredibly sophisticated vision. If humans have 20/20 vision, then mantis shrimp have 100/100 vision. 

 3. Honeybees communicate through dance.

 The honeybee dance is commonly known as the waggle dance and is when honeybees use a complex set of movements to convey information about the location of food sources to the other bees in their hive. 

 4. Octopuses have three hearts and blue blood.

 All their three hearts have a specific use, two of them pump blood to their gills, while the third circulates it to the rest of their body. The blue pigmentation comes from the copper in their blood, tainting it to hues of dark blue. Their blue blood is often thought of as a myth but isn’t! 

 5. Elephants can communicate through infrasound.

 They’re able to do this by producing a low-frequency sound that can travel over long distances. This allows them to communicate with other elephants even though they are miles away. 

 6. The pistol shrimp can snap their claws so quickly, they create a cavitation bubble.

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 This is a bubble that produces a burst of heat and energy when it is popped that can stun or even kill their prey. 

 7. The naked mole rat is immune to cancer.

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 Despite their wrinkly, hairless appearance the naked mole rat exhibits an incredible resistance to cancer. This extraordinary trait makes them the subject of scientific interest in the race to find a cure for cancer. 

 8. The platypus doesn't have a stomach.

 Rather than having a stomach, the platypus' oesophagus connects directly to its intestines and bypasses the need for any sort of gastric digestion. 

 9. The mimic octopus can imitate the behaviour and appearance of other varying marine species.

 This octopus can change its colour, shape, and movement to that of various creatures, including the lionfish, flatfish, and even sea snakes, as a form of defence against its predators. 

 10. Blue dragon sea slugs feed on the venomous Portuguese man o' war and stores the jellyfish’s toxins in its own body for defence.

 Even though the blue dragon sea slug is significantly smaller than the Portuguese man o’ war, its sting can be strong enough to deter and defend against predators. 

Bet you didn’t know most of these facts about the animal kingdom, did you? Well, now you know! Enjoy bragging to your friends about your vast knowledge and happy studying!