A-Z Challenge – Z

Z – Zebras

Owing primarily to their distinctive striped coats, a group of zebra is called a ‘dazzle’. This name also refers to a unique phenomenon called “motion dazzle”, an optical illusion that occurs when groups of zebra move quickly together. According to researchers, motion dazzle has a big benefits for zebras: the visual illusions caused by the stripes and moving zebras confuse the visual fields of other mammals, including predators, increasing the chances for zebras to escape. The black and white stripes can also ward off horse flies since the high contrast patterns make zebras a less attractive target to insects.

Z - Zebra

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A-Z Challenge – Y

Y – Yabbies

Yabbies are detritivores. The word detritivore basically means scavenger — and that’s exactly what yabbies are. They’ll eat anything and everything they find, including dead animals, dead plants, decomposing algae and anything else they find at the bottom of the river.

Y - Yabbi

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A-Z Challenge – W

W – Wombat

The wombats rear end is really their main form of defence against predators. When a predator is near, these big booty mammals dive down their burrows and block off the entrance with their butts. As their booties mainly consist of cartilage, they are very resistant to scratches and bites.

They can also crush predator’s skulls with their behinds. Crazy stuff.

W - Wombat

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A-Z Challenge – U

U – Urchin

Certain sea urchins, in particular of the families Diadematidae and Echinothuriidae, can inflict very painful stings with their venom. A typical puncture can cause redness and swelling and may cause further infection if left untreated. However, multiple puncture wounds can cause muscle aches, paralysis, shock, respiratory failure and death.

U - Urchin

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A-Z Challenge – T

T – Tasmanian Devil

THEIR BITES ARE SO POWERFUL THEY COULD CRUSH YOUR BONES

That’s right – Tasmanian devils deliver the strongest bite for its size of any mammal in the world. Their oversized heads allow them to open their jaws up to 80 degrees wide and their jaws carry enough brute force to crush bone. They can bite through the strongest of metals; even break the cages of livestock and other animals. Devils use their incredibly strong and powerful jaws to consume game or roadkill without any leftovers – they eat every part of their prey.

T - Tasmanian Tiger

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