Nature’s balance depends on a web of predatory animals that have teeth, claws, speed and other adaptations for catching their food. This balance also hinges on prey animals with clever defenses to avoid becoming food.
The reticulated giraffe has a bluish tongue. This adaptation prevents the tongue from getting sunburned.
Different kinds of aquatic (water-dwelling) animals use similar tricks of the survival trade. This section demonstrates this point with a look an aquatic bird and a water-loving mammal.
The agouti, a rodent from tropical South America buries Brazil nuts for later use in case it gets hungry. Because it loses some of the buried nuts, many of the nuts sprout into trees. That's good for the forest and the agouti can always find more nuts.
From deadly venoms to insect repellants to stink bombs, animals produce and use powerful chemicals to attack food and repel danger.
In the wild world of nature, survival often depends on sitting in one place and looking like something you’re not. It’s all about adaptations that fool the eye.
The platypus has a venomous spur on each of its hind ankles. It is one of only three known egg-laying mammals. (The other two, called echidnas, look like small spiny anteaters.)
Tusks, spines, and even sharp toenails are just some of the adaptations animals use, to defend themselves from predators.
Females red kangaroos are smaller and faster than males. They also have a bluish coat, so they're called "blue flyers.
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