14 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Creatures In 'Star Wars'

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Vote up the most interesting things about creatures in 'Star Wars.'

When the first film was released, one of the things Star Wars fans latched onto almost immediately was the immense amount of world-building on display. George Lucas had created an entire galaxy filled with planets, conflicts, and creatures that felt just familiar enough to be intriguing while still feeling totally unique.

Of course, for every cute Star Wars creature, there are also a dozen that are more than capable of tearing someone's head off. While fans have already pored over the creatures in Star Wars with a magnifying glass, there are plenty of facts about creatures that show up across the universe that even die-hards might not be aware of. This list takes a look at some of the lesser-known facts about creatures in Star Wars. Take a gander down below and make sure to upvote the most interesting things you didn't know!


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    Porgs Were Created As A Workaround For Filming With Endangered Puffins On Skellig Michael Island

    Porgs Were Created As A Workaround For Filming With Endangered Puffins On Skellig Michael Island
    Photo: Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

    Although porgs are certainly adorable in their own right, they were actually created to digitally cover up a problem that the crew of The Last Jedi was facing while they were shooting on Skellig Michael, the island that was standing in for Ahch-To. Puffins, which are native to the island, were everywhere, and because they are endangered, they couldn't be moved or interfered with. 

    Digitally removing them from every shot would have been difficult and time-consuming, so instead, the filmmakers decided to digitally insert porgs to cover them up. Porgs are to puffins as Ahch-To is to Skellig Michael. 

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    In ‘A New Hope,’ Elephants Played The Role Of Banthas

     In ‘A New Hope,’ Elephants Played The Role Of Banthas
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    Of the many creatures depicted in A New Hope, Banthas are among the largest. Because the film was originally shot using almost entirely practical effects, the Banthas that the Tusken Raiders ride in A New Hope are played by elephants. 

    In fact, one elephant in particular, a 22-year-old female Asian elephant named Mardji, was responsible for the species' first on-camera appearance. Six crew members were responsible for creating a costume that would fit her and that she would be willing to tolerate. During the shoot, Mardji's trunk would occasionally pop out of the costume, but the crew was too enamored with her to get impatient. They eventually got the shot, and the rest is Bantha history. 

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    Despite Their Size, Rontos Are The Favored Beast Of Burden For Jawas

    Despite Their Size, Rontos Are The Favored Beast Of Burden For Jawas
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope / 20th Century Fox

    Jawas are smaller than humans, but they have nevertheless domesticated rontos, the massive pack animals that they use to carry their goods from location to location. They were able to domesticate rontos because they are skittish and easily startled, which also makes them easy to domesticate. 

    Rontos are native to Tatooine, and have an excellent sense of smell, as well as great hearing. They have poor eyesight, however, and their immense strength makes them ideal pack animals. 

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    Sarlaccs Begin Their Lives As Spores And Mature Over 30,000 Years

    Sarlaccs Begin Their Lives As Spores And Mature Over 30,000 Years
    Photo: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi / 20th Century Fox

    The Sarlacc pit in Return of the Jedi makes being eaten alive seem like a dreadful experience, but Sarlaccs aren't always so massive. In fact, they start their lives as spores that can travel a great distance, and slowly mature to the size seen in Return of the Jedi over the course of 30,000 years

    Sarlaccs reproduce after males and females of the species meet, and smaller males are allowed to parasitically feed off their female partners, growing in size as their female counterparts shrink. When the male reaches the female's original size, it bursts open, releasing spores. Once those spores mature, they burrow deep into the ground, which explains why Sarlaccs eventually just look like mouths in the ground. 

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    Tauntauns Have Two Separate Sets Of Nostrils

    Tauntauns Have Two Separate Sets Of Nostrils
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox

    Tauntauns live in one of the harshest environments in the galaxy, so it's only natural that they would have some bizarre evolutionary traits that help them live on Hoth. Among their strangest traits is their double set of nostrils. One pair is large, and the other is smaller. The large set is designed to allow for maximum oxygen intake during periods of heavy physical exertion. The other pair is designed for times of rest, and keeps them from inhaling too much snow.

    Tauntauns can alternate their breathing between the two sets of nostrils, which also allows them to regulate their body temperatures. 

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    Wampas Originally Were Going To Storm Echo Base In ‘The Empire Strikes Back’

    Wampas Originally Were Going To Storm Echo Base In ‘The Empire Strikes Back’
    Photo: Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back / 20th Century Fox

    In an early version of The Empire Strikes Back, the wampas on Hoth were going to play a much bigger role in the film's plot. According to the original draft, the wampas were going to storm Echo Base shortly before the Empire arrived. Even final versions of the script depicted a coordinated wampa attack on the base and scenes of the attack were actually filmed for use in the movie. Ultimately, though, those scenes were scrapped and the wampa's presence in the film was restricted to holding Luke prisoner.

    117 votes