Hallowe’en: fascinating animal facts

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Happy Hallowe’en

It’s 31 October – All Hallows’ Eve – and have you ever wondered why some creatures (like the ones listed below) seem to be more associated with Hallowe’en than others? Maybe it’s because they’re more active at night, or because scary stories were written about them a long time ago…

Spiders WebDew covered web at sunriseSouthwater, UKRSPCARSPCA

Anyway, I thought it would be really interesting to give you some actual facts about these fascinating creatures, some of which might really surprise you!

Fun facts and figures
  • can take up to three hours to spin an average web.
  • there are between 35,000 and 40,000 species, nobody is sure!
  • usually have either six or eight eyes.
  • have been around for 136 million years!
  • can eat up to 3,000 mosquitoes in one night!
  • some can fly at nearly 60mph (Mexican free-tailed bats).
  • some can live for more than 40 years (Brandt’s bats).
  • usually have just one baby a year, called a ‘pup’.
Barn Owl
  • in a group, are called a ‘parliament’.
  • have three eyelids – one for blinking, one for sleeping and one for keeping the eye clean and protecting it!
  • barn owls are completely silent when they are flying.
  • have one ear higher than the other – so they have brilliant hearing!
  • have large mouths but unlike frogs, have no teeth!
  • walk, as well as hop.
  • don’t drink water, but absorb it through their skin.
  • croak if they are male – females are almost always silent!
Witch on broom

And, of course, I mustn’t forget black cats, who are just the same as any other coloured cat, and just as loveable!

Are you taking part in any spooky activities tonight, like dressing up in scary clothes, carving pumpkins or maybe even apple-bobbing – let us know!

Have fun!



Hello, I'm Christine and I'm part of the team who work on the Animal Action magazine. I've been at the RSPCA for quite a while and just love being part of such a great organisation. My most favourite animals are dogs and I have a soft spot for Westies.

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2 Responses to “Hallowe’en: fascinating animal facts”

  1. Izzy

    I had no idea that bats could eat so many mosquitos in one night! I have loads of bats flying around my house at night, because I live behind a enormous cemetery.


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