Amazing Animal Data

In the time of the dinosaurs, there were giant scorpions nearly a metre (3 feet) long. That's big than the average domestic dog!

Komodo dragons are lizards 3 metres (10 feet) long. They aren't poisonous, but there are so many bacteria in their mouths – growing in rotten meat between their teeth – that a bite from one often leads to blood poisoning and death.

Land leeches in Asia can drop from trees onto people and suck out so much blood the person dies.

Mosquitoes have been around for 200 million years.That's so long that even dinosaurs could have been bitten by them!

Mosquitoes in the Arctic hatch when the snows thaw, sometimes making such large swarms they blot out the sun.

Nose bots are maggots that live inside the noses of animals that graze, such as sheep, cows and horses.

Only female mosquitoes bite and suck blood – they need the protein in blood so that they can lay eggs. The males only eat nectar from flowers.

Over 100 million years ago, crocodiles were twice the size they are now – up to 12 metres (40 feet) long – and could eat dinosaurs.

Owl's eyes are too large to move in their eye sockets, so they've developed the ability to turn their heads round further than other birds can.

Plagues of flying foxes (fruit bats) can destroy a fruit orchard in a single night.

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