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Questions tagged [zoology]

Use this tag for questions involving animal biology; evolution, ecology, physiology, behavior, genetics, and marine biology.

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Does the carrot on a stick method work on a mule?

Some idioms ("chase the carrot" / "carrot and stick") and a popular image (as shown below) suggest that you can make a mule move forward (and pull a cart), by placing a carrot or some other food ...
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Will elephant dung paper infused with flower seeds grow when planted?

According to this article there is a paper that has been infused with elephant dung and flower seeds that, if planted and watered properly, will actually grow. I guess it sounds plausible but I feel ...
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Do Macaque monkeys steal money from wallets and use it to buy food from vending machines?

I saw this rumor on Reddit, which refers to factsanddetails.com and which doesn't indicate the information source. I saw a video of a monkey using a vending machine on College Humor, but that doesn't ...
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Do monkeys love bananas?

This one comes from my 7-year-old. So, do all monkeys go bananas for bananas? Some types of monkeys? Do all monkeys like bananas somehow? ...or is it just a cartoon convention with no basis in ...
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Is Australian fauna more dangerous?

It's a popular meme, "in Australia everything tries to kill you", often backed up by the list of dangerous animals, such as box jellyfish, variety of spiders, salt water crocodiles and sharks. However ...
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Did production of “The Adventures of Milo and Otis” involve a dramatically high rate of animal deaths?

A rumor has circulated on the internet for quite some time that there were many animal cruelty violations in the process of making the movie, The Adventures of Milo and Otis, including the deaths of ...
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Do sharks die if they stop swimming?

I've seen this claim several places: If a shark stops swimming it will die. (from wikianswers, alongside contradictory text) [I]f they do not swim, then they will have no oxygen and they will ...
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Do spiders intentionally wear water droplets on their heads?

I discovered today that there are a lot of pictures of spiders "wearing" water drops as hats. (More research: Warning -- Spiders!) However, I can't find anything related to why they might do this. ...
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Do cows lie down before rain or thunderstorms?

Example of the claim: Users on the Snopes forums I've been told that if you see cows lying down in the field, that means it's going to rain. [...] Pretty much "common knowledge" among the PA ...
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Is cows' milk bad for cats?

My mother used to tell me that I shouldn't give our kitten cow milk, even if she seemed to enjoy it. Since I loved my kitten, and was quite disobedient at that time, I did it fairly often, and never ...
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Are any animals nocturnal? [closed]

Several animals are commonly considered to be 'nocturnal' by nature. Nocturnality is an animal behavior characterized by activity during the night and sleeping during the day. The common adjective ...
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Did an orangutan learn to pick locks?

Just read about this orangutan called Fu Manchu who allegedly crafted a self made key for his zoo cage, kept it hidden in his mouth all day and regularly escaped during the night. Mother Nature ...
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Do bedbugs spread disease?

The CDC (the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) asserts that: Bed bugs should not be considered as a medical or public health hazard. Bed bugs are not known to spread disease. Can the ...
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Do sea otters rape baby seals to death?

Popular facebook group Nature isn’t always kind and cuddly. A study showed that sea otters will restrain baby seals and then begin copulation; sometimes drowning it during the 105-minute-long ...
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Do wild dogs use trains to commute to and from Moscow?

An article in The Sun describes how wild dogs near Moscow have been living in the suburbs, yet commuting daily to the city via trains. These complexes were used by homeless dogs as shelters, so the ...
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Are yowies real?

According to several articles, yowies (i.e. wild, unidentified, hominids, reputed to live in Australia) have been allegedly observed by many. For example, in this Herald Sun article about a man in ...
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Do fish feel pain?

As a small kid, I was told that fish don't feel any pain when they bite into a fishing hook. I'm not sure if this was just something made up so I didn't feel sorry for the fishies. It appears that ...
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Do cats have a chemical in their brains that resembles LSD?

So while our cat was acting "crazy" this evening tearing from room to room and pouncing on on nothing, my wife and I were laughing at its behaviour. During discussions she mentioned hearing that cats ...
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Did rescue St. Bernard dogs carry barrels of brandy around their necks?

We all know this from cartoons and stuff and off course it doesn't make sense today but are there any evidence that the dogs really carried barrels of brandy? I'm not sure the Wiki is saying a ...
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Can a skunk spray with its feet off the ground?

A colleague has a family story that if confronted by a skunk, if you can get its rear feet off the ground, it's unable to release its foul-smelling spray. Evidence for or to the contrary?
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Is Frontline (fipronil) an effective treatment for cat fleas?

Frontline Spot On (active ingredient fipronil) is advertised as a treatment for cat fleas: Kills fleas within 24 hours Kills fleas for up to 5 weeks in cats My mum recently went to her vet to ...
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Can dolphins learn a symbol based language?

I recently stumbled across the following article: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1240334/Dolphins-clever-humans--treat-like-people-say-scientists.html which makes the claim that ...
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Do chameleons change colour for a reason other than camouflage?

I recently stumbled across the following article: http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/why-do-chameleons-change-their-colors/ which made the claim: Many people believe chameleons change colors to ...
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Do bullfrogs sleep?

Today I came across this picture: So I searched a bit about it. In this wiki answer it is stated that: Bullfrogs do sleep. They sleep underground from 2- 4 weeks. Sounded ok, but in this website, ...
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Did large herbivorous dinosaurs have any predators?

I went to the Natural History Museum in London today. I saw the dinosaur exhibition, and in the exhibition was this image, of an Allosaurus attacking a Diplodocus: Image by John Sibbick This ...
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Do hares chew cud?

In Leviticus 11:6, a hare is referred to as a "chewer of the cud." What evidence is there on this matter? It is not necessary, strictly speaking, that the evidence be on chewing cud in the same sense ...
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Is fish-flavored cat food bad/dangerous to a cat's health?

Our (two male) cats normally eat turkey and chicken flavoured canned wet cat food from our favorite cat food brand. However, we don't feed the cat's any other flavours which all contain fish, such as ...
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Can birds scream as loud as a jet engine?

I'm moving into an apartment with my cockatoo, and in thinking about sound level I realized I've never actually seen a source for the claim I've heard quite often and passively believed myself: ...
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Is the theory of evolution disproved by bats?

For some species, the Darwin's theory of evolution makes perfect sense to me. I can easily imagine how, for example, the giraffe has evolved to its current appearance: the natural selection was ...
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Do cats have a notable dislike of water compared to other animals?

The common knowledge goes that cats, in general, have a particular dislike of water compared to other animals. Is this true?
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Are 100 million sharks killed by humans per year?

I've read from several sources that humans kill 11,000 sharks per hour or 100 million per year, for example : The Humane Society of the United States, quoting Jean-Michel Cousteau Look at what is ...
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Do lizards drink water?

Is it true that lizards don't drink water? My friend told me that lizards don't drink water, they lie upside down whenever they get thirsty. I found that some desert lizards absorb water instead of ...
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Does the Humane Society of the United States provide only 1% of their budget to pet shelters?

This is a meme going around Facebook. From the HumaneWatch's Facebook page: Does the Humane Society of the United States only budget 1% for actually helping animals as claimed here?
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Can a pair of rats multiply to 200 within a year?

A story on the BBC News website makes the following claim: Brown rats are one of the planet's most serious mammalian pests, ruining crops and harbouring disease. Expert jumpers, climbers and ...
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Are all white cats with blue eyes deaf?

I was told that all pure white cats with both eyes being blue are completely deaf, and that all pure white cats with one blue eye are deaf on the side that has the blue eye. If the cat has even a ...
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Can frog pee cause warts?

The title says it all. Here in the United States, especially the south, I've heard growing up never to hold a frog because it will pee on you and the pee causes warts.
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Are fish addictive to cats?

Today I found an interesting article that claims that feeding fish to cat is not a good idea: Fish should be avoided, except for occasional use, for many reasons including: heavy metal ...
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Does wearing a mask on the back of one's head protect against tiger attacks?

Today while visiting the tiger exhibit at my local zoo, I read that in areas where tiger attacks on humans are common, people will often wear a mask on the back of their head to ward of tiger attacks, ...
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Do dolphins have homosexual “blowhole” sex?

In his comedy act, Ricky Gervais shows examples of homosexuality in nature, all of them from the book "Biological Exuberance, animal homosexuality and natural diversity" by Bruce Bagemihl. One of the ...
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Are bagged turtles and goldfish sold as keychains in China?

So there is this letter going around facebook: PLEASE SHARE IT , HUMBLE REQUEST ---- On a commercial street in China, little tortoises are found packaged as souvenir!!! These little tortoises ...
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Do sharks never sleep?

My friend was saying that shark never sleeps. Because to keep it afloat, it has to continuously swim, so that it can't sleep. This claim is repeated in the Ocean of Know: They certainly need to ...
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Under the right circumstances, can lobsters live indefinitely?

I've been reading a lot about longevity and I came up with this Wikipedia article where it states that it might be possible for lobsters to live indefinitely. Recent research suggests that ...
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Is there enough tetrodotoxin in a single fugu (blowfish) to kill 30 people?

As a section about Fugu fish in the "Top 10 Most Dangerous Foods" article on the Time magazine website suggests The toxin is so potent that a lethal dose is smaller than the head of a pin, and a ...
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Is 94% of male giraffe sexual behaviour homosexual?

I've been trying to track down the source of a claim that research has shown giraffe exhibiting a really high rate of male homosexual relations. Going through the blog spam leads me to a site without ...
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Do ducks' quacks echo?

I have read about this in an app on my android phone which gives out random interesting facts. This particular fact sounded kind of stupid, but I can't find any information about it on the internet.
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Do koalas sleep 22 hours a day?

I came across this image on Facebook from the website Learn Something Every Day: When I searched for a reliable source, I came across several sites of the same kind (OMG Facts, Snapple Real Facts,etc....
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Can a dog remember 1400 names of toys?

In the video PETA: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, at approximately 06:12, the woman says that there is/was a dog that was trained to have memorized 1400 names of toys. Its master would ...
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Does genital-electrocution of animals cause immediate death?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) claim that fur-farms use genital electrocution techniques to kill animals without damaging the fur: Animals have clamps attached to or rods forced ...
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Does plucking the feathers from live and conscious birds cause them pain?

From: http://www.peta.org/issues/Animals-Used-for-Clothing/down-and-silk-birds-and-insects-exploited-for-fabric.aspx Plucking birds causes them considerable pain and distress. Is there any truth ...
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Did dragons exist?

Dragons have been common to many cultures and mythologies. Some famous are St. George slaying a dragon and Chinese dragons, such as the symbol used for the Emperor of China. Creationists and Bible ...