Animal defenses by Christina Wilsdon

Science Studies

By Christina Wilsdon

Bugs that seem like leaves, snakes that play lifeless, fish that fly, and toads with toxic epidermis - those animals are one of the creatures that shield themselves in interesting methods. virtually each animal is hunted as foodstuff by means of another type of animal and has built how one can safeguard itself opposed to predators. "Animal Defenses" offers the big variety of actual and behavioral diversifications utilized by animals of their fight to outlive and exhibits how scientists proceed to make new discoveries in regards to the age-old maneuvering among predator and prey.

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The iron-cross blister beetle, for example, has a black body, red head, and yellow wing covers marked with black bands. Like other blister beetles, it oozes irritating oil when seized by a predator. The oil causes blisters to form on the predator’s skin. Another noxious animal, the koppie foam grasshopper of South Africa, is black with red stripes. If it is attacked, a smelly, Bad smells, Bad tastes, and powerful poisons 59 poisonous foam bubbles from its body. The foam not only makes the grasshopper taste bad, but it also is strong enough to kill a dog.

Many animals also do not eat prey that they have not killed. By playing dead, an animal may make its attacker lose interest. A predator may also get careless if its prey seems to be dead. It may relax its grip and give the prey a chance to escape. Many insects are known to feign death. These insect actors include many species of beetles, grasshoppers, stick insects, and caterpillars. Some insects curl up and remain still. Others let go of branches and drop to the ground. Certain reptiles, such as chameleons and many tree snakes, also drop to the ground and lie still.

It may groom itself and begin digging and grabbing at the sand with its claws, as if it were feeding. perhaps other animals’ ink also affects their predators in ways yet to be discovered. ” It rolls onto its side, rounds its back, and goes limp. Its tongue lolls from its open mouth. Its eyes close halfway—just enough to let it keep track of its predator. An opossum will keep playing dead even if the predator bites it. It does not revive until the predator goes away and the coast is clear again.

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