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Animal Defenses

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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 odor TRIOCEAN—GETTY IMAGES a smell (noun) Carlo's dirty socks gave off 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 disappear LJUPCO—GETTY IMAGES to go away (verb) The magician made the rabbit disappear. against snow.

Sending a Warning

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King snakes are not poisonous poisonous " KATIE_MARTYNOVA—GETTY IMAGES" causing sickness or death by entering or touching the body (adjective) Chocolate can be poisonous to a dog. . But their bright color makes predators think they might be dangerous dangerous TETRA IMAGES/GETTY IMAGES possibly harmful (adjective) Texting while driving is 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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