Animal Defenses

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Insects that look like leaves, snakes that play dead, fish that fly, and toads with poisonous skin-these creatures are among many that defend themselves in fascinating ways. Animal Defenses presents the wide variety of physical and behavioral adaptations used by animals and insects in their struggle to survive and explores how scientists continue to make new discoveries about the age-old maneuvering between predator and prey.

Animal Behavior highlights the many amazing animal ...

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Overview

Insects that look like leaves, snakes that play dead, fish that fly, and toads with poisonous skin-these creatures are among many that defend themselves in fascinating ways. Animal Defenses presents the wide variety of physical and behavioral adaptations used by animals and insects in their struggle to survive and explores how scientists continue to make new discoveries about the age-old maneuvering between predator and prey.

Animal Behavior highlights the many amazing animal and insect adaptations found in nature. Oftentimes, particular behaviors evolve to help organisms obtain food, find mates, or protect themselves from predators. This full-color set will entertain and enlighten readers with striking examples of the everyday lives and habits of animals and insects as well as their unique feats.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 6-10

Unlike QEB's "Awesome Animals" and Enslow's "Rainbow of Animals," which both present facts and features on creatures according to species or color, this set explains those facts and features within the context of behavior. The detailed information is well organized and offers examples of how nature maintains its own balance, such as explaining how some predators are able to break down the defenses of their prey, despite how clever the author just made those defenses sound. Color photographs appear throughout. Solid resources for reports.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604130898
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Animal Behavior Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 423,858
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Avoiding Danger 7

2 Escape Artists 22

3 Animal Armor 38

4 Bad Smells, Bad Tastes, and Powerful Poisons 55

5 Venomous Stings and Bites 73

6 Mimicry 91

7 Fighting Back 107

Glossary 124

Bibliography 126

Further Resources 128

Picture Credits 130

Index 131

About the Author 136

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