Animals, fish and insects all have species that spit fluids on others. They do this to protect themselves and to scare off their enemies. The spit can be poisonous or just plain gooey and globby. Slobber is not very attractive to some creatures. However, it helps creatures like llamas, spittlebugs, cobras, archerfish, walruses and even camels keep their enemies away. Strangely, this spit can sometimes be very attractive to the opposite sex!
About the series:
The world is full of weird, wild and wonderful creatures. At least, that’s how many of them appear to us. To them, their apparent weirdness is not weird at all. The everyday routines of keeping alive and ensuring the survival of their species have caused them to develop habits, skills and appearances that appear outlandish to us but are perfectly normal for them.
These books will look at some of the weird and wonderful ways in which these creatures have adapted to their environment—or had adapted to it until we destroyed or altered it. Now, they need our help in order to survive. Understanding them is a first step to protecting their world—and ours.
Weird, wild and wonderful is a literacy series that lets students explore this aspect of science in an interesting and motivating way. High quality, stimulating pictures provide visual clues to the vocabulary. Short captions and carefully levelled language give students knowledge about these animals while developing their language skills.
Weird, wild and wonderful is suitable for independent reading, guided reading and as part of a science reference library.
Areas of weirdness explored!
• eating — blood suckers
• movement • sight
• hunting methods