By Steve Jenkins, Robin Page
A nostril for digging? Ears for seeing? Eyes that squirt blood? discover the various extraordinary issues animals can do with their ears, eyes, mouths, noses, toes, and tails during this interactive guessing publication, fantastically illustrated in cut-paper university, which used to be presented a Caldecott Honor.
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It has very lengthy ears, as much as a 3rd its physique size, and lives within the sizzling desolate tract weather of the yankee Southwest. Its huge ears support it remain cool through radiating extra physique warmth. The antelope jackrabbit eats grass and shrubs and will develop to two toes in size. The hippopotamus is definitely sunburned and spends a lot of its time less than water. those huge animals—9 toes lengthy and simply weighing 3,000 pounds—live in Africa and graze at evening on grass and different crops round the lakes and rivers the place they spend so much in their time. Hippos shut their ears and noses after they cross lower than water, the place they could remain so long as thirty mins at a time. The ears of the humpback whale are seen basically as small openings within the whale's head. Whales desire streamlined our bodies which could movement simply during the water, and exterior ears might sluggish them down. The humpback's listening to, even if, is particularly delicate. those whales speak with each other via making a song songs, and although we do not be aware of precisely what the songs suggest, we do be aware of that whales can listen each other whilst they are hundreds of thousands of miles aside. those huge mammals could be 50 ft lengthy and weigh a ton in step with foot. they're filter out feeders, consuming hundreds of thousands of tiny plankton on a daily basis. Humpback whales are present in all the world's oceans. TAILS The striped skunk is located all through a lot of North the United States. Like different skunks it has the facility to spray attackers with a foul-smelling, eye-stinging liquid. Skunks are omnivores—they consume absolutely anything, together with bugs, fish, small mammals, chook eggs, fruit, and seeds. they are often longer than 2 toes and weigh up to 14 kilos, although such a lot are smaller. The striped skunk first warns an enemy to back down via elevating its tail. If that does not paintings, it stands on its entrance legs, arches its again, and shoots its spray over its head, so it by no means has to show its again on an attacker. Skunk spray is efficacious as much as ten ft away. The world's tallest animal is the giraffe. It lives at the savannahs of Africa and will develop as much as 19 ft in top. The giraffe feeds on leaves on the tops of the timber that dot those grasslands—leaves that different grazing animals cannot succeed in. It protects itself opposed to its basic enemy, the lion, with kicks from its robust again legs and makes use of its lengthy tail to sweep flies and different bugs from its again. The five-lined skink has an extended tail which could holiday off whether it is attacked. The wriggling tail can distract predators, permitting the lizard to escape. This skink, that is five to eight inches lengthy, lives within the jap a part of the USA and eats bugs and worms. wasting its tail does not rather harm the lizard—it quickly grows a brand new one. The scorpion is an old relative of the spider. Scorpion fossils older than four hundred million years were chanced on, a few of them three toes lengthy. at the present time, scorpions develop to a greatest size of eight½ inches. They reside in hot climates through the international and devour spiders, lizards, and small mammals. searching at evening, scorpions find their prey by means of contact and use the poison stinger on the finish in their tail to paralyze an animal prior to it could actually break out.