The world is full of weird, wild and wonderful animals. Protective characteristics such as chemical weapons, armour, camouflage and keen senses, as well as the ability to find food and choose suitable mates in a changing habitat, are keys to survival for some animal species. Understanding these animals is the first step to protecting their world, and ours.  
   

Arachnids
Julie Murphy

Arachnids are a special group of animals that includes spiders, scorpions, ticks and mites. Weird, wild and wonderful Arachnids takes a close look at spiders. Their poisonous fangs help them catch prey and defend themselves. They spin complex webs and nets to catch food - and to keep their eggs safe. But these are just some of the ways that amazing arachnids survive in the wild.

 

Birds
Rose Inserra

Birds are the only living creatures that have feathers. Some are famous for their singing, others for their bright colours. Some make wonderful nests and some don't even fly! Weird, wild and wonderful Birds looks at just some of the
amazing ways birds survive.

Crabs
Kerry Nagle

Have you ever had your toes nipped by a crab on the beach? Crabs come in different shapes and sizes. They can be found in the sea or on land. Some have special tricks to hide them from animals who want to eat them. Others have very strong claws for cracking open shells, fighting and impressing other crabs! Weird, wild and wonderful Crabs looks at how crabs catch food, attract mates and protect themselves.

Frogs
Gary Underwood

Frogs can live wherever there is water. But did you know they can live in deserts and in snow? Weird, wild and wonderful Frogs looks at these amazing creatures that start off life in water and end up living on land. From their super-speedy tongue to their long, strong legs, frogs have great ways of surviving in the wild.

Insects
Shelley Underwood

Insects are the biggest group of creatures in the world. They have been around since before the time of dinosaurs. Since then, insects have changed their size, shape and diets. Weird, wild and wonderful Insects looks at how these amazing creatures live.

Mammals
Rose Inserra

Some of the world's most amazing mammals live in Australia. Some lay eggs. Others have pouches. Some fly and some live in the sea. Weird, wild and wonderful Mammals looks at how these special animals survive.

Marine Creatures
Kerry Nagle

The ocean is home to many strange and amazing creatures. Some are tiny, like seahorses. Others are huge, like whales. All cope with their environment in special ways. Weird, wild and wonderful Marine Creatures looks at how some of these animals use special senses - and tricks - to hunt food and escape danger.

Marine Minibeasts
Kerry Nagle

Marine minibeasts are animals with no backbones that live in the ocean. They might look like flowers, jellies, stars or snails, but all are perfectly suited to living in the sea. Weird, wild and wonderful Marine Minibeasts explores some of the amazing life that exists in the ocean.

Minibeasts
Shelley Underwood

Weird, wild and wonderful Minibeasts looks at some of the world's smallest animals with no backbones. Minibeasts can be found in almost all parts of the world. Each minibeast has its own special features that help it to survive. These features include the way it moves, how it catches its food and where it lives. What minibeasts
live in your garden?

Reptiles
Gary Underwood

Reptiles have been around for millions of years. Snakes are reptiles that have no arms or legs and can be very long - sometimes up to 9 metres! Crocodiles have strong teeth to snap up food. Some reptiles like lizards have special colours so that they can hide on rocks or sand. Weird, wild and wonderful Reptiles looks at these amazing reptiles and the ways they live in the wild.

Seabirds
Julie Murphy

Seabirds spend lots of time at sea. They are great at fishing. Some swoop down from the sky and dive for fish. Others don't fly at all - but they are good swimmers. Weird, wild and wonderful Seabirds It looks at how these amazing birds cope with a life that is spent both on land and at sea.

Worms
Rose Inserra

Worms can be found in places other than your backyard. These amazing creatures also live in the ocean and in the sand at the beach. They can eat anything from dirt to insects. A lot of worms don't have eyes or teeth. Some have poison to protect themselves from bigger animals. Weird, wild and wonderful Worms takes a look at these interesting creatures and the special abilities that help them survive.


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