Seeing Black & White!

There are many colorful creatures in the Animal KingdomEvery animal (from butterflies to basset hounds to black bears to you) belongs to this scientific grouping.. But for a lot of critters, black and white is alright!

 

Some of our favorite mammals wear this combination, like the panda and zebra. The black-and-white smew, a type of duck, thinks those two colors go swimmingly with its beakThe hard mouthpart of a bird and some other animals. The beak can also be called a bill. and feet! In the reptileA cold-blooded, air-breathing animal that has a backbone. Reptiles have dry, scaly skin. They move by either creeping on short legs or crawling on their bellies. Most reproduce by laying eggs. world, the Boelen's python adds a slight colorful shimmer to its black-and-white skin. Even the insectA small animal without a backbone. Its body is divided into three parts. Insects have three pairs of legs and usually two pairs of wings. Flies, ants, grasshoppers, and beetles are a few of the many kinds of insects. world goes black-and-white sometimes: just ask the spotted assassin bug!

 

 

What's the advantage of these two "plain" colors? For many animals, it's a matter of seeing, or, actually, not being seen. In may cases, a black-and-white pattern is good camouflageThe color or pattern of an animal's covering that is similar to the animal's surroundings, and therefore helps hide it. May also be related to smell, as in lions rolling in elephant dung to camouflage their scent., which means it makes the animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. hard to see. On the other hand, if you are a hungry snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded., those black and white bands are good in habitats where there are patches of sun and shade. A black and white banded snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded. can easily hide from its preyNoun: An animal that is hunted as food by another animal. Verb: To attempt to take an animal for food..

 

 

Do you have black-and-white pets? Can you see them in your backyard or are they using camouflageThe color or pattern of an animal's covering that is similar to the animal's surroundings, and therefore helps hide it. May also be related to smell, as in lions rolling in elephant dung to camouflage their scent. to see you first? Watch this month's featured video and meet another black-and-white beauty: the ring-tailed lemur. Maybe now you see black and white in a whole new light!