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  1. murari lal vishwakara at |

    All creatures are very interesting .

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  2. Bethany at |

    I’m curious as to why pitbulls weren’t mentioned? They’re very misunderstood.

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    1. ed at |

      mabey the way dolphins are..

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      1. Bogleech at |

        No, not at all. Pitbulls are far gentler than their reputation. They only become dangerous in the hands of abusive owners who deliberately teach aggression.

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    2. Bogleech at |

      Pitbulls were nearly on the list, but I had a lot of trouble researching it and finding really solid information.

      I do agree they are unfairly vilified, however, I think dogs in general should be more regulated…not just because almost any have the potential to be dangerous, but because the easier it is for any old idiot to get a dog, the more dogs end up suffering neglect and abuse.

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      1. Colton at |

        Thank you brother! My family raises pit bulls. We find that females are the best babysitters you can ask for, and males are rambunctious and love to play. When I was a kid, I would sit on the back porch with our female during the summer, reading or napping and she would always try to get in my lap no matter how big she was. And when I was walking the males, well that’s more along the lines of pointing a cannon in a certain direction and being ready to run the second you remove the chain (didn’t help that my brothers liked to throw a baseball ahead of us, then you’d get pulled along in the grass more often than not). But pits are really more playful than people think. And caring. And when we sold the puppys, we always made sure the people would take good care of them.

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  3. Brontozaurus at |

    An interesting thing about black widow sexual cannibalism is that the male actually positions himself over the female’s fangs when mating. In addition to this, all males become infertile after mating twice. So it’s not so much that the female is a heartless bitch, and more than the males are more useful as a source of extra nutrients for their offspring than they would be as arachnid Casanovas.

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    1. Nocturnesthesia at |

      This trait has actually evolved among several different kinds of insects. It’s called a “nuptial gift” – the male sacrifices himself for the opportunity to pass along his genes.

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      1. Colton at |

        Like praying mantis, right?

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  4. tim at |

    I’m surprised you didn’t include mosquitos. they are a real nuisance to us humans but bats feed on them quite a bit and as we all know bat dung is an extremely important source of fertilizer for our crops.

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    1. TopTenz Master at |

      Good fact Tim. You might find our post about mosquitoes interesting: http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-facts-that-may-surprise-you-about-mosquitoes.php

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  5. Neal at |

    I’m thinking whoever put this list together has never had a termites eating away at the framing of their house (and had to spend $$$ to kill them) or rats in their attic pissing and pooping everywhere as they chew on wires, insulation and framing.

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    1. Bogleech at |

      Or how about this: the person who wrote it understands that animals are just animals, not malicious villains, are only doing what they need to survive, and only clash with us out of circumstances neither species can control?

      I also explained quite thoroughly that no matter WHAT termites do to our homes, we are the ones at fault and the planet needs them.

      Besides, a majority of termite species *won’t* eat anything but wood that’s already rotting, so they won’t eat the wood in a home.

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  6. Snidely Whiplash at |

    They are very wrong about Guinea Pigs, they aren’t evil little cretins like hamsters. I have had lots of them and they never bite except in self defense or when your finger is too close to the food. They may not be a smart as rats but they are much sweeter

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    1. Bogleech at |

      They may be sweet but rats are honestly as sweet as rodents can possibly be. They bond very close to humans :)

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  7. ParusMajor at |

    LOL, Brontozaurus… “Arachnid Casanovas” :D That sounds like a good name for my next band project, definitely. :)

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  8. Rev at |

    I’ve heard it theorized before that a big problem with our immune systems in many parts of the first world is being chronically UNDER-parasitized. Jasper Lawrence purportedly cured his own asthma with a little careful deliberate hookworm cultivation. I believe there have been other cases of cures and alleviations pursued via polite arrangements with internal guests, but I’m on the horns of source amnesia as far as providing any other info. It’s still a frontier, and like any scientific frontier it could prove to be a wild goose chase, but it’s certainly an interesting thought in the vein of how organisms can affect each other for the better no matter how “gross”.

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  9. Kris at |

    I half expected to see wolves on this list what with their horrible reputation and how many people want them hunted to extintion.

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    1. Bogleech at |

      What are you talking about? Wolves are if anything EXCESSIVELY beloved, to the point that people protest them being hunted even in areas where they are, if anything, over-populated.

      Absolutely nobody has called for their extinction. I think that’s a made-up story.

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  10. Chrestovenator at |

    I live in an area where the classic red-hourglass widow spider is very common. For several years now, I’ve been catching and keeping them as pets, capturing other spiders and insects to feed them with. One time I found a spider I was unfamiliar with and decided to feed it to my biggest female just to see what would happen. Turned out to be a male widow spider, because within hours of being tossed in Sheila’s jar he began tapping an intricate rhythm against her web. My roommates and I named him Bruce and filmed the whole mating ritual (took them an hour to complete it), and we were all disappointed that she didn’t eat him after. Next day he was still there, and the next. For the next three weeks, Bruce and Sheila shared the same web in peace, but Bruce refused to eat anything. He eventually died of starvation, his body untouched by his mate.
    The resulting egg sack and eventual cloud of tiny spiderlings is a whole other story.

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    1. Colton at |

      Sounds cool to watch. I wouldn’t mind seeing something like that.

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  11. Araxie at |

    Rats, like cockroaches, are also intensely cleanly. It’s one of the secrets to their success as a species- when they live in colonies of extreme number, being clean is a top priority. We’ve owned rats, and nothing makes them happier than cleaning your hand. They also bond well with people, and are clearly happy when you come to visit, like a dog.

    This is not to mention the recent research that shows that rats are uniquely empathetic, especially females. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jkOwYKBJEI&feature=related

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  12. Araxie at |

    Rats, like cockroaches, are also intensely cleanly. If raised properly, almost all rats love people, and bond with them like a dog might. In a way you become one of their pack, and they especially love to play with you.

    Not only that, rats have the unique capacity for empathy. In studies, if given the choice between a treat or freeing another cagemate from a trap, they were much more likely to free the cagemate first. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5-MQajCQYQ&list=FLcW1xZNWZSCAznKPvZM5_2w&index=2&feature=plpp_video

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  13. Scrounge at |

    I used to be afraid of snakes until my sister got a pet ball python, who started out tiny enough to fit into a margarine container but has since grown to about five feet long. As I got to know him, my fear of snakes pretty much evaoprated, and I eventually developed an actual fondness for them.

    He bit me once. The main thing I felt was guilt… Since it meant I’d startled him.

    Anyway, did you purposefully choose the tiniest snake you could find a picture of? That little green guy is so cute!

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    1. Colton at |

      I always liked snakes, but my mom is terrified of them, so I couldn’t get one. But yeah they are really cool creatures, and their scales are beautiful as well. My favorite place at the zoo was always the reptile house, although, the last time I went the king cobra was giving me this look. When a snake gives you the stink eye, it’ll send shivers up your spine, I tell ya.

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  14. Valentina at |

    Interesting)

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  15. Victoria Salter at |

    What? Why put an ad for vermin control on a page that’s telling you that those sorts of animals are just misunderstood?

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  16. Chloe James at |

    Wolves should be on there. They are my favourite animal and are so beautiful, shy, gentle animals. Not aggressive mindless killing machines. That is why I hate the story of little red riding hood. It portrays such a negative picture on wolves

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