Animal Defenses

October 2, 2020
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Animals have clever defenses. These defenses protect them from attackers. The attackers are called predators. Let’s find out how animals keep themselves safe from predators.

What’s That Smell?

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Skunks have a stinky secret. They spray a bad odor. It keeps predators away.

Blending In

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This is an Arctic hare. It turns white in the winter. It disappears against snow.

Sending a Warning

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King snakes are not poisonous. But their bright color makes predators think they might be dangerous. This sends a message to predators: “Stay away!”

Stick with the Group!

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Fish swim in big groups. The groups are called schools. Predators are confused by so many fish. So they swim away.

Did You Know?

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Some animals have a hard outer shell. This armadillo has one. The armadillo rolls up into a ball. The shell protects it from predators.

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