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 South American longhorn beetle grows more than six inches long; not including its ridiculously long antennae!
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.
From deadly venoms to insect repellants to stink bombs, animals produce and use powerful chemicals to attack food and repel danger.
Tigers are the largest of all cats. The average natural lifespan of a wild tiger is eight to ten years.
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 African weaverbird expertly ties knots, crafting a complex nest with two rooms plus an entryway. It stands on one foot as it ties knots with its beak and other foot.
Tusks, spines, and even sharp toenails are just some of the adaptations animals use, to defend themselves from predators.
About a quarter of all the discovered, described animals on earth are beetles.
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