Cool, Not Creepy!

With their long legs, or strong clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons., or even just myths about them, some animals are called scary when they’re really super interesting! For example, did you know the tarantula is a shy creature that helps its environmentEverything that surrounds an animal or other living thing. For example, a pond is a frog's environment. by keeping 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. populationThe number of a kind of animal that lives in a place. For example, San Francisco has a big seagull population; New York City has a population of several million people. under control? If it feels threatened, a tarantula will try to scare off a predatorAn animal that hunts and kills other animals for its food. first by flinging detachable hairs from its body that cause itching.

 

The coconut crab also has many legs but is a lot bigger than a tarantula—they can grow to weigh 9 pounds and measure 3 feet from leg to leg. And look at this 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.’s name—can you guess what one of its favorite foods is? That’s right—coconuts! It uses its strong clawsThe fingernails of an animal, such as a bear or cat. They help to grab prey. In birds, they're called talons. to first scrape away parts of the hard shell until it can crack it open for a meal.

 

And speaking of meals, stories about what bats like to eat help cause people to fear these flying mammals. Most bats eat fruit, nectarThe sugary fluid produced by many flowers and ingested by many insects, some birds, and a few mammals., insects, or small animals—and only the vampire bat drinks blood (and only small amounts from animals). Bats make up one-quarter of all mammalA warm-blooded animal with a backbone that breathes air, and has at least some hair at some point during its life. The females have glands that produce milk, which they feed to their young. speciesA group of individuals that have many of the same characteristics, and are different from all other animals in some important way. Hamsters and mice are two different species of rodent. on Earth!

 

So as you can see, there are a lot of different kinds of animals, and they all play a role in the world. That’s cool—not creepy!