10 Myths About Animals That Are Totally Untrue

Posted by Michael Avery in Nature and Travel On 24th March 2018
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#5 You can get warts from picking up toads.

As a boy growing up in the southern united states I heard this one all the time. Don't pick up that toad or you will get warts, my grandfather would say. And because I was a kid I believed it. The truth of the matter is you can't get warts from a toad. Warts are caused by a virus, not by picking up an animal.

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#6 Daddy Long Legs are super poisonous

Daddy long legs fall into 2 categories, opilionids, and pholcids. Opilionids are not actually spiders while pholcids are true spiders. Opilionids do not have fangs or venom glands while pholcids do have fangs and a mild venom that only burns for a few seconds before wearing off. Either way, neither one of these creatures is highly venomous so consider this myth busted.

#7 Pit Bulls are the most dangerous breed of dog there is.

The media has made people believe that Pit Bulls are very dangerous dogs but this is not true. Dogs are only dangerous when they are trained to be or mistreated. Any kind of dog would attack you if it was taught to be that way, not just Pit Bulls. The CDC says that around 4.5 million people get bitten every year by dogs but Pit Bulls do not make up some huge percentage of those bites. Pit Bulls are not the only breed of dog that has been trained to be aggressive but they get all the hate which is unfair.

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#8 Ostriches and putting their heads in the sand.

Ostriches do not actually bury their heads in the sand. If they did they would die because they would suffocate. Ostriches eat rocks to help them break down their food and use their heads to rotate their eggs so this is likely what they are doing when it looks like they have buried their head in the sand.

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