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 sleep between 18 and 22 hours per day.
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 giant anteater's sticky tongue is up to 2 feet long. Using this spaghetti-thin structure it can eat as many as 30,000 ants and termites a day.
From deadly venoms to insect repellants to stink bombs, animals produce and use powerful chemicals to attack food and repel danger.
Elephants can communicate with each other over a distance of six miles by broadcasting deep, low frequency, rumbling sounds.
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 earliest known fossils of modern humans, Homo sapiens, were found in Africa. They date back roughly 200,000 years.
Tusks, spines, and even sharp toenails are just some of the adaptations animals use, to defend themselves from predators.
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