Animal Behavior

This category is for questions about an animal's visible muscular activity that constitutes behavior, as well as the proximate and ultimate causes.

14,702 Questions
Animal Behavior

Do dogs love us back?

I mean, do you see that waggy tail, hear the little whines, feel the snuggles? If you think your dog doesn’t love you, maybe try a different dog.

Kidding, kidding. Of course, we all want to know if those signs of affection are love, the kind that we feel for our fluffy little friends, or just, “This guy gives me food!” Obviously we can’t read a dog’s mind, but according to some promising research, yes, your dog does love you.

In one study, dogs were presented with five smells (their own, a familiar dog’s, an unfamiliar dog’s, a familiar human’s, and an unfamiliar human’s) as their brains were scanned. The area of the brain associated with positive emotional response was most activated by the familiar human scent, which suggests that dogs do love us uniquely.

Keep that in mind the next time they chew up your favorite shoes.

Animal Behavior
Dolphins and Porpoises

What adaptations does the dolphin have?

Dolphins have adapted to their environment in the following ways:

  • Fin shape: a dolphin's tail goes up and down to help it dive up to get air (compared to a fish's back fin which moves side to side). The shape of their fins also helps to propel them through the water.
  • To help dolphins save oxygen while they dive underwater, their heart beats slower during a dive and their blood is diverted from other parts of the body to their heart, lungs, and brain.
  • Dolphins also save oxygen via their muscles, which have a protein called myoglobin, which in turn stores oxygen.
  • Dolphins have blubber, or fat, which provides insulation, helping the dolphin stay warm in cold water.
  • Blubber also serves another function, streamlining the body for better speed in the water.
  • Dolphins have a body covering of skin (not scales). The uppermost layer of the skin produces an oil which forms a film that covers the dolphin's whole body.
  • Being mammals, dolphins breathe with lungs rather than gills, so they breathe from a blowhole which closes before the dolphin goes into the water, so water will not enter the blowhole.
  • The long nose helps the dolphin to kill sharks.
  • Dolphins have teeth, which they use to catch fish.
  • Dolphins have large brains in relation to the size of their bodies, and studies show they have exceptional intelligence.
  • Dolphins work together to find food, often "herding" school of small fish up onto reefs and sandbars. The dolphins then work together, taking turns to feed while the other dolphins keep the fish herded.
  • Dolphins have well developed echolocation, by which they locate other animals and objects in the water. It is also how they communicate with each other.
  • Dolphins have between 45 and 63 small, sharp teeth, which enable them to tear food into smaller pieces.
  • Dolphins sleep with just part of their brain, so that the other part remains constantly on alert for danger.
Animal Behavior
Farm Animals

Why aren’t we still domesticating new animals?

There just aren’t any more that are worth our time. It’s actually pretty difficult to find species that suit domestication—although there are a few exceptions, they generally need to mature quickly relative to us, be willing to breed in captivity, be able to eat the food we can provide, have a good temperament, recognize humans as their pack leaders, and not flee when they’re scared.

So, although we probably could domesticate some seemingly good candidates, like zebras or deer, they’re better off in the wild.

Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Species
Animal Behavior

Do river otters kill beavers?

Yes yesterday a saw beaver dam with no beavers

Animal Behavior
Animal Health
Slugs and Snails

What role does the shell play for the snail?

they are their home to protect them from predators. I also provides support for their orgns and muscles.

Endangered, Vulnerable, and Threatened Species
Animal Behavior

Do wolves hunt mostly during daytime hours?

No, wolves will hunt at night because their prey might not be able to see them, and their night vision is better than their day vision......Wrong! actually they hunt both, day and night. (im someone improving this answer btw lol)

Animal Behavior

Why do animals move in different ways?

Animals have different body structures, so they move differently. They have different structures because of MANY years of evolution. Animals living in different areas with different landscapes had to get around differently, so they adapted. And they also had to get food from hard-to-reach places, so they adapted. Like a giraffe has a long neck for tree leaves and a wolf has long legs to chase and catch prey. Monkeys have those flexible limbs for climbing and tails for balance while dwelling in the high trees.

The simple answer is: different body structures.

But the have different body structure because they had to adapt.

Living creatures move differently because they have different body structures. They have longer legs, shorter legs, stronger or weaker muscles that allow them to run faster or jump higher or faster or no legs at all so they have to crawl, and they have longer, shorter, stronger, or weaker arms.

All this as a result of adpating and evolving over thousand or millions of years, or maybe they were designed and created that way. Even with the belief of creation, there is evidence that animals did adapt and change, or there are signs that species that were known have disappeared and new ones exist that were not previously known. Animals are believed to have adapted over time to conform to the requirements of their environment, to be able to get food, and to be able to not be food.

This does not mean animals grew flexible limbs for climbing and tails for balance so they could become monkeys dwelling in the high trees. It means that some animals were born and grew up with genetic mutations that allowed them to live in tree and hide from ground based predators. They had a better chance to survive and propogate than earlier versions of the same animal that were stuck on the ground.

Animal Behavior
Producers (food chain)
Consumers (food chain)

Is a minnow a decomposer?

Yes it is B/c they dont eat worms

Animal Behavior

When DO Llamas prance in the moonlight?

10:37. See related questions.

Animal Behavior

What is a wild animal's lair?

A lair is defined as a home or habitat in which an animal lives in. So, where an animal lives or coexists would depend on the type of animal. For example: Apes typically live in tropical rainforests. Sharks dwell and coexist underwater. Birds spend most of their time flying in the sky; in general, birds tend to build their homes in hollow-trees so that they're closer to their homes.

So a wild animal's lair simply is where it lives and coexists with others of the same species.

Garden Insects
Animal Behavior
Bees and Beekeeping

How does a honey bee find a plant?

Honey bees find plants by smell.

Animal Behavior
Galapagos Islands

Does the Galapagos penguin live in a pod or pack or herd?

The term pod refers to whales and dolphins, Pack refers to land predators, and herd to large herbivores. Penguins live in a colony where each pair of birds is self sufficient.

Animal Behavior

Do all snakes hibernate?


Dog Breeds
Dog Behavior
Animal Behavior

How long does it take for a pug to get pregnant?

when she is in heat. (on her period) most fertile days are the 11th-15th

Animal Behavior

What is a physical adaptation of a lion?

Their teeth and claws are the adaptations that get the most attention.

Computer Mouse
Care of Mice and Rats
Animal Behavior

Where does the mouse sleep?

In his best nest, usually lined with torn shreds of paper or bark or preferrably, cat fur.

Animal Life
Animal Behavior

Which animal can neither move its tongue nor can it chew?


Cats (Felines)
Animal Behavior

Why do cats headbutt you?

When cats headbutt you, they’re depositing facial pheromones. Vets call this behavior bunting.

“Rather than territorial marking or ‘claiming’ someone, as is commonly thought, cats do this to mark something as safe—sort of like leaving a signal of comfort and safety. So you could think of it as a sign that they are trusting that person or environment,” Dr. Meghan E. Herron, clinical assistant professor of behavioral medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at Ohio State University, told Vetstreet.

Land Mammals
Animal Behavior
Human and Animal Interaction

Which animal eats dead human bodies from graves?

Most decomposers, including worms and insects, will eat rotting human flesh. But there are no decomposers who specialize in dead human consumption.

Animal Behavior

Why do birds migrate and animals hibernate?

Birds such as Geese and Ducks migrate due to the cold tempuratures in the Northern states, causing the lakes and rivers to freeze over, making it impossible to land on the water to reach their main and almost only source of food, weeds and small fish. Birds such as Robins migrate because their main diet consists of berries and nuts, and usually they are not available during the winter and therefore must migrate to the South where the berries grow year-round. However, animals like bears hibernate since they don't have the time or strength to travel such long lengths to reach warmer climates, and therefore stock up on as much food as they can in their bellies before going into a long slumber in a protected and supposedly warmer location like a cave or hole in the ground

Animal Behavior

What animal makes the snarl sound?

tigers,bears,lions,cheetas,angry dogs,jaguars,dingoes,wolves,foxes,hyenas,puma,lepord,white tigers

that is a list of all snarling animals

Cows and Cattle
Animal Behavior

How do you make cows trust you?

Be the one providing feed and treats for them. Soon they'll get to know you and even trust you.

Another answer:

Always be gentle and calm around them. It helps to talk or hum continually around them so you never surprise them. Stay in their field of vision as much as possible. Let the cows do things at "cow speed" and don't try to rush or harry them.

Some breeds and individual cows have calmer dispositions as an inherited trait, so you may be able to choose a cow that is more likely to trust you.

Farm Animals
Animal Behavior
The Moon

How do animals react to a full moon?

It's just like any other night, they don't react to it. The old tales about wolves howling at the moon are fake. They are actually howling fora companion or there pack.

Animal Behavior
Food Chains and Food Webs

What animal eats penguins?

The best known predators are the leopard seals, but there are also fur seals, and whales and sharks.

Animal Behavior
Orcas (killer whales)

Are killer whales violent?

Killer whales are wild animals and so should be treated with respect. They do not always kill everything they see, and there have been very few cases of Orcas (Killer Whales) harming humans in the oceans, despite divers having filmed their social behaviour while in close proximity. They have a highly developed social structure and research now suggests they share a common language. There have been recent occasions of Orcas acting violently in captivity although with their high intelligence they probably detest being captive.


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