Animal Defense Facts



  • Animals have different ways of escaping predators – most mammals run away, while birds take to the air.
  • Some animals use camouflage to hide. Many small animals hide in burrows.
  • Turtles and tortoises hide inside their hard shells.
  • Armadillos curl up inside their bendy body Armour
  • The spiky-skinned armadillo lizard of South Africa curls up and stuffs its tail in its mouth.
  • Hedgehogs, porcupines and echidnas are protected by sharp quills (spines).
  • Skunks and the stinkpot turtle give off foul smells when they are threatened.
  • Meerkats stand on their hind legs and give a shrill call to alert other meerkats to danger.
  • The plover, a type of bird, pretends to be injured in order to lure hunters away from its young.
  • Many animals defend themselves by frightening their enemies. Some, such as peacock butterflies, flash big eye-markings. Others, such as porcupine fish and great horned owls, blow themselves up much bigger.
  • Other animals send out warning signals. Kangaroo rats and rabbits thump their feet. Birds shriek.
  • The nine-banded armadillo is one of 20 species of armadillo. Armor plating protects it against all but the most determined of predator.
  • The hognosed snake rolls over and plays dead to escape predators. It even smells dead