Animals are fascinating. It’s hard to comprehend just how many different species there are, especially to those who aren’t zoologists or biologists, which is why there are a lot of myths about certain animals which have stayed within the world’s consciousness over the years.
Here are five myths about animals which everyone thinks are true when, in reality, it’s all rubbish!
Bats are blind
The saying ‘you’re blind as a bat’ has been around for donkey’s years, but is it actually true? The notion that a bat should be blind because it primarily uses sonar to guide its way round trees and walls is one that’s been perceived common knowledge for ages, but in reality, it’s actually not true. Sure, bats do have very small eyes, but they can actually see pretty well. Sonar is still their preferred vision, but their eyes are definitely in workable condition.
Old dog, new tricks
Again, this is another classic saying and another myth which is actually untrue. Saying that you ‘can’t teach an old dog new tricks’ is fair enough, but in reality even an dog, with a few weeks training, should be able to pick up the basic tricks of rolling over, sitting and fetching. It’s probably relevant to point out the saying should be taken with a pinch of salt, as it applies more to humans than it does dogs.
You’re never too far away from a spider
Many people believe you’re never more than three feet away from a spider. That is, without any question, a scary prospect, and it originally came from Norman Platnick, an arachnologist, who pointed out that, in the realms of probability, you’re ‘probably no more than a few yards away from a spider’. The important word there is ‘probably’. That word changes everything.
Sure, there are shed loads of spiders within every mile of the country, but you’re more likely to within a few feet of a spider if you’re stood in a field than you would be sat at home.
Wait; what’s that on your wall?
One of the best myths surrounding anything in the world has to be the praying mantis. According to popular belief, after sex, the female praying mantis bites the head off the male – as if to suggest that this will be his first and last time. And she isn’t joking; she’ll then go about his entire caucus, to ensure he actually is dead.
As amazing as this myth is, it’s actually untrue. Sure, scientists found this was occurring when they were watching the insects have sex in a laboratory under high-intensity lights, but when they realised they could be messing up the mantis’ mojo they placed hidden cameras in the tanks instead – and saw some interesting results. Guess what happened? That’s right; they just had sex. No death. No head-biting. Just sex. Lovely.
Goldfish can’t remember
It’s one of the most long-standing myths ever and it is just not true. Goldfish do have memory capacity more than three seconds worth – in fact, their memory can stretch quite a lot further than you’d think. Experiments suggest goldfish can remember up to around five months, meaning the myth that’s been around for decades is about anything but factually correct.
So there you have it; some of the most popular myths regarding animals which aren’t actually true. Did you believe any?
Author: This article was compiled by Andy Graven who works for Invisible Fence, providers of invisible pet fences.
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