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 largest American alligator on record measured 19 feet, 2 inches, and it lived in Louisiana.
From deadly venoms to insect repellants to stink bombs, animals produce and use powerful chemicals to attack food and repel danger.
People used to think that hippos sweated blood. They do not. Instead, hippo skin secretes red hipposudoric acid, which works like a sunscreen to protect the sparsely haired beast from the burning rays of the sun.
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.
Tigers are the largest of all cats. The average natural lifespan of a wild tiger is eight to ten years.
Tusks, spines, and even sharp toenails are just some of the adaptations animals use, to defend themselves from predators.
One male Florida panther needs as much as 200 square miles of wild, undamaged habitat.
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