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Animal Behavior

Sandgrouse Carry Water in Wings

Sandgrouse Carry Water in Wings

The father sandgrouse will travel to nearby water and soak up surplus in his feathers which have a special shape to hold water. He then carries it back to his young to ensure they do not dehydrate.

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Diving Bell Spider Lives Underwater to Avoid Predators

Diving Bell Spider Lives Underwater to Avoid Predators

The diving bell spider uses a bubble spun from a web-like material in a gill-like fashion (promoting the exchange of oxygen and CO2 with the water) to live almost entirely underwater. This allows it to avoid predation and to disguise itself as it awaits its prey.

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Basilisk Lizard Walks on Water to Escape Predators

Basilisk Lizard Walks on Water to Escape Predators

The Green Basilisk Lizard lives in trees the majority of its time, but, if it is threatened by a predator, it will drop from the tree and sprint across the water. It uses quick movements and splayed feet to stay afloat for about fifteen feet before resorting to either swimming or reaching shore. This allows it to easily escape predators in the treetops.

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Locusts Swarm for Self Defense

Locusts Swarm for Self Defense

Although locusts are typically independent organisms, when food becomes scarce swarming behavior has been noted. When rain is plentiful and plants growth is abundant, the locust population thrives, but then when the climate returns to its typical desert state, competition ensues for food. The locust population is cannibalistic and the instinct of each organism is to zoom forward in flight if bumped by another to escape being eaten (self defense). If in a group, this causes the massive, zooming swarms of locusts that are seen in Egypt and are referenced biblically.

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