Animal myths: How much do you know?

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What exactly is in a camel's hump? And are bats really blind? It's time to find out and test your animal knowledge!

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What's the basis of the phrase "elephants never forget"?

There's plenty of research to prove that elephants are very intelligent animals. We’re certain they can forget some things, but not in these instances.

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Alligator on the sewer
Can alligators really live in the sewer system?

Another animal myth debunked! The “sewer commissioner” was just trying to stir up some controversy.

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Flying bats
Are bats really blind?

Bats use echolocation as their primary means of locating their surroundings, but they do have functioning eyesight.

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Baby bird in a woman's hands
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Do mother birds reject their young if they are touched by humans?

Merely touching an egg or baby bird won't make the mommy bird kick the tyke out. Experts advise leaving fledglings alone (they’re just trying to fly!) and only handling babies to return them to the nest.

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Hares jumping
Where did the phrase "mad as a March hare" come from?

Hares behave erratically during their mating season. Lewis Carroll popularized the phrase, but he wasn’t the first to use it.

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Mystical groundhog
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Do groundhogs really know when the seasons will change?

Hibernating groundhogs must be able to sense when it’s time to wake up for good. Seeing their shadow doesn’t have anything to do with it.

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True or false: Earwigs crawl into human ears.

It’s just an old wives’ tale that an earwig will bore into human ears and lay eggs in the brain. Earwigs don’t hurt humans, and they tend to nest in dark, humid places.

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Does one worm turn into two living worms when you cut it in half?

Worms need love too! They’re just like lizards when it comes to regeneration. (You wouldn’t split a lizard right down the middle, would you?)

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Do most bats really have rabies?

A common misconception! Of all bats that have been captured and tested for rabies, only about 6% of them tested positive. However, nearly all of the human rabies cases in the U.S. come from bat bites.

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Do camels really store water in their humps?

While water can make its way into the hump of the camel, it’s not usually used to keep the camel going. Camels can survive in the desert because they have more efficient biological mechanisms to deal with heat.

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Do bulls really get aggressive at the color red?

It's the snapping cloth that enrages the bull, not the color. Bulls actually cannot see the color red at all.

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Grandaddy longlegs
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Which of these statements about grandaddy longlegs is true?

Not only is a granddaddy longleg harmless, it’s not a spider at all!

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Lemmings jumping off a cliff
True or false: Lemmings are suicidal.

The popular misconception comes from a staged scene in a nature documentary created by Walt Disney Productions called "White Wilderness."

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Dog in black and white
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Are dogs colorblind?

Dogs can only see a range of grays and pale yellows, with the exception of blue, which they can see vividly.

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Warty toad
Which of these "facts" is actually true?

Ostriches only put their heads into the ground when tending to their nests. Warts only come from human viruses. Goldfish actually have great memories and can be trained. Boo-yah!