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 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.)
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.
Elephants can communicate with each other over a distance of six miles by broadcasting deep, low frequency, rumbling sounds.
From deadly venoms to insect repellants to stink bombs, animals produce and use powerful chemicals to attack food and repel danger.
The American greater flamingo gets its pink color from the algae and tiny crustaceans it eats.
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.
A group of kangaroos is called a mob.
Tusks, spines, and even sharp toenails are just some of the adaptations animals use, to defend themselves from predators.
Tigers are the largest of all cats. The average natural lifespan of a wild tiger is eight to ten years.
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