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.
Koalas have a specialized digestive system that removes the toxins from eucalyptus leaves. The toxins, which serve as important natural insecticides, are poisonous to most other animals.
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 reticulated giraffe has a bluish tongue. This adaptation prevents the tongue from getting sunburned.
From deadly venoms to insect repellants to stink bombs, animals produce and use powerful chemicals to attack food and repel danger.
A group of kangaroos is called a mob.
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.
One male Florida panther needs as much as 200 square miles of wild, undamaged habitat.
Tusks, spines, and even sharp toenails are just some of the adaptations animals use, to defend themselves from predators.
The best way to tell one rhino from another is to politely request some form of identification. Kidding! Seriously, African rhinos have two horns, the Indian or greater one-horned rhino has only one horn.
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