Christmas facts and trivia:

1. There are around seven different sorts of reindeer and caribou, all found in the northern hemisphere where they roam above the Arctic Circle.

2. The world’s most poisonous animal is the Box Jellyfish, responsible for over 5,000 people being killed since the 1950’s.

3. The Giant Weta is the world’s heaviest insect at 71g – 3 times heavier than a mouse.

4. Crabs can re-grow limbs but take several moults to do it.

5. Hummingbirds beat their wings at 50-60 times per second.

6. The Octopus has blue blood. It uses copper not iron in its blood cells.

7. Unlike other species of deer both male and female reindeer have antlers.

8. The queen termite can live for 25 to 50 years.

9. To feed, a starfish turns its stomach inside out onto its food.

10. The longest tapeworm ever found in a human was 25 m long.

And 11. Despite the best scientific efforts no-one has yet been able to discover the secret of Santa’s reindeers’ flying ability. Normally reindeer cannot fly without the aid of aircraft.