Full Moon Fun Facts About Kids & Animals

Full Pink Moon

For centuries, myths have said that the full moon makes humans and animals alike act, well … crazy! On April 11, 2017, the Full Pink Moon will be on full display. Some say it mimics the appearance of beautiful pink spring flowers. It is also referred to as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon.

While in the past, people believed that kids were more likely to have trouble sleeping and be more hyper during a full moon, modern studies have shown these to by mostly myths. A study by the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute found that while kids actually do sleep less during a full moon, it is only by a few minutes.

However, the full moon has been shown to have very real, very strange effects on animals around the world. While there is really no explanation for it, many animals change their routine when the full moon comes out. For example, domesticated pets, particularly cats and dogs, seem to become more mischievous during the full moon, causing them to sustain more injuries. One study found that there was a 23% increase in cat visits and 28% increase in dog visits to pet emergency rooms on full moon nights.

Doodlebugs, which are the larvae of antlions, are mostly found in North America and often live under the bark of dead trees or in soil. During their day-to-day lives, they walk through sandy spaces looking for food and dig holes to sit and wait to attack. During the full moon, the bugs tend to dig bigger holes. Weird, right?

In other animal news, while lions hunt better at night, they tend to kill during the day following a full moon — possibly because they were less successful during the full moon night hunt. Meanwhile, scorpions react with the UV rays from the full moon’s light, which makes them glow in the dark! How cool is that?