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  • Season 5 Episode 7: Gadgets

  • The best gadgets used by animals:
    -Chimpanzee: It uses 19 different tools, like sticks to fish with, and uses stone hammers.
    -Crow: It uses a stick to get at larvae living in small holes, and it's been reputed to have bent metal for beneficial purposes!
    -Orangutan: It can manufacture a variety of tools, like a leaf to get out of the rain, uses leaf as a straw, and uses a stick to get honey from bees.
    -Woodpecker Finch: It uses part of a cactus spine or a twig in order to get dinner.
    -Elephant: Its trunk comes in useful for a lot of things, such as knocking down a tree or picking up a coin.
    -Green Heron: Since they have relatively short legs, they use bread hand-outs to act as a lure to lure fish.
    -Digger Wasp (Female): Lays eggs underground, and she seals the passage with pebbles, so predators will not harm her baby.
    -Egyptian Vulture: It uses rocks to break open ostrich eggs.
    -Dolphin: It uses sponges to escape one of the sea's most venomous animals, the stone fish.
    -Sea Otter: It uses rocks or stone objects to break open mollusk shells.

  • Season 5 Episode 6: Bodysnatchers

  • In this episode we can see:
    Toxoplasma: Is smaller than a cell and invades any single predatory body, including humans! To steer clear of this mad parasite, you'd best stay away from cold meat. It can also increase your chances of being affiliated with car-related accidents.
    Parasitic Tapeworm: Invades the bodies of Stickleback, Copepod, and Heron, and can grow to be the size of the Stickleback!
    Hydatid Tapeworm: They not only affect humans, but are in a cycle affiliated with both moose and wolves. The moose is the victim, as it can die from the parasite attacking its heart, liver, and lungs.
    Phorid Fly: Injects its larvae into ants, and the maggots cause the ants' heads to fall off and the ant also literally loses its mind in the process!
    Cuckoo: They con reed warblers into thinking that the eggs are theirs by disgusing them. The chick ends up being ten times larger than its adopting parents!
    Emperor Penguin: The moms that lose their babies steal other moms' ones. Amazon Ant: They steal other ants' eggs.
    Driver Ant: Females kidnap males and rip his wings off so the queen can mate.
    Zebra: The only time in the countdown when bodysnatching is a good thing for the victim. If a zebra is bodysnatched, it can help start a new family!
    Botfly: Gets mosquitos to lay their eggs in humans.

  • Season 5 Episode 5: Freaky Fliers

  • Top 10 Freaky Fliers:
    Spider: Spiders have their own extreme way of "freaky flying" referred to as ballooning. They release a bubble-like secretion and rely on only the mercy of the wind to bring them to safety. They can land a neighbor away, or on a ship 1,000 miles off of the mainland! Some spiders have been reputed (by airline pilots) to have been sailing in the jet stream at 14,000 ft!
    Bat: For ages, people have been fooled that bats have wings. They don't. Instead, they propel themselves through the air by using their fingers and the stretched skin that provides assistance of their flying.
    Flying Fish: When flying fish are threatened by marine predators, such as sharks, they propel themselves out of the water at roughly 35 mph and can sail above the sea for 30 seconds at a time, over 400 yd. long glides!
    Colugo: They can glide 100+ yds.
    Flying Snake: Even though it has no limbs, they can glide 100 yds. through the air.
    Flying Squirrel: It stretches its skin out and can glide well over 50 yds. through the air.
    Tree Frog: It uses its webbed feet to glide 50 yds. through the air.
    Gibbon: It's the perfect acrobat, and it can jump over 15 yds. to get from tree to tree.
    Gliding Ant: They can glide 10 yds. through the air.
    Flying Dragon: They can fly 8 yds. through the air.

  • Season 5 Episode 4: Medics

  • The Best Medics:
    Salamander: If a shallow-water salamander is decapitated by a boat propeller (a scenario more common than you might think), it can regrow its own limbs.
    Wallaby: Wallabies produce their own healing antibiotics.
    Bear: Scientists still can't figure out several things about bears. During hibernation, they don't urinate. Their excess body fat doesn't cause them heart disease. And they never respond to the outside world until they wake up.
    Chimpanzee: Chimps eat rolled-up leaves to flush tapeworms out of their bowels. When they groom each other, they can remove parasites, such as ticks and lice, from each other's skin.
    Elephant: Elephant mothers can eat special leaves while pregnant. Subsequently, they give birth to healthier calves.
    Monkey: Monkeys eat charcoal to fight infection.
    Macaw: Macaws eat clay to fight off infection.
    Sheep: Sheep recognize certain types of leaves as having healing properties. Thus they can cure their own illnesses.
    Lemur: Lemurs rub millipedes on themselves so as to cover their fur with hydrogen cyanide to ward off insects.
    Eagle: Certain species of eagle place insect repellent leaves in their nests to ward off insects.

  • Season 5 Episode 3: Leaders

  • The best leaders:
    Termite (Female): One queen rules over 5 million of her offspring. 20,000x bigger than her subjects. Only female able to lay eggs. Controls subjects with pheromones.
    Bee (Female): One queen rules over 20,000-40,000 individuals. Mates with about 12 different males. controls by releasing pheromones.
    Naked Mole Rat (Female): One queen rules over 300 Naked mole Rats. Everybody has to follow her. Prevents subjects from mating using smells.
    Elephant Seal (Male): The alpha male will fight to mate with up to 30 females. Girl power at its best.
    Elephant(female): Female rules 30 other Elephants.
    Gorilla: One Male can rule over 20 females & kids.
    Lion (Male): The alpha male is often referred to as "king of the jungle".
    Kea: The only bird that has an organized flock and a leader.
    Wrasse: After the lead male dies, a female can change its sex in just eight days to become leader. Male rules over 12 wrasse!
    Wolf: The alpha male and female fight bloody battles in order to become the top dog. After that, their pack is cleverly organized and the top dog can lead anywhere from 5-10 individuals. If anybody confronts the alpha male, a bloody battle will be fought.

  • Season 5 Episode 2: Night Lights

  • Top 10 night lighters:
    1.Anglerfish: It has to be bright to survive in the eternally dark and murky depths of the deep sea.
    2.Glow Worm: Leaves glowing slime to catch prey in caves.
    3.Flashlight Fish: Cheeks glow.
    4.Sea Firefly: Uses neon to find a mate, and if swallowed, its light makes the predator spit it out.
    5.Firefly: Its butt lights up.
    6.Cookie-Cutter Shark: It can appear invisible, the way that the sun's rays reflect off its body.
    7.Limpet: Emits lights out of its mouth when threatened.
    8.Budgie: Glows under UV light when aroused .
    9.Scorpion: Glows under UV light.
    10.Wolf: Eyes glow in the dark.

  • The number one most extreme animal needs its light to live in a world of eternal darkness.

  • Season 5 Episode 1: Inventors

  • In this episode we learn:
    Wood Frog: Can be frozen and can undergo suspended animation.
    Gecko: Can create artificial hair.
    Ormia: Could set an example for the hearing aid.
    Mako Shark: Invented the sharkskin suit.
    Owl: Is built like a stealth bomber.
    Gannet: Has built-in airbags.
    Melanophila Beetle: Has built in Smoke Alarm.
    Squid: Has been using jet propulsion much longer than humans.
    Dolphin: Has sonar to find its way in the ocean.
    Wasp: Invented paper.

  • Season 4 Episode 18: Gardeners

  • Gardeners:
    Lemon Ant - Their garden can be 14,000 sq. feet and 800 years old using Herbecine.
    Palau Jellyfish - garden grows inside them & takes care of garden their whole life!
    Termite - grows Fungus inside castle from leaves to eat.
    Hypsi - Bury fruit and if forgotten, it grows into plant.
    Gorilla - trim trees.
    Giraffe - Changes trees by eating so the shape changes.
    Fig wasp (female)
    Thynnine Wasp (male)
    Earthworm - creates compost by pooping, for roots to collect to reproduce.
    Mistletoe Bird - Creates Mistletoe by eating seeds then pooping them out.

  • Season 4 Episode 16: Cleaners

  • Top 10 Cleaners:
    Japanese Macaque - Besides humans, Japanese macaques are the only animals known to clean their food before they eat it, and they groom each other constantly.
    Cleaner Shrimp - Cleans almost everything in the tank.
    Ant - Groom themselves more than any other animal.
    Sponge - uses chemicals to filter sea water.
    Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake - Ties itself in a knot to clean off parasites.
    Oxpecker - Cleans Ticks off of Giraffes.
    Dung beetle - Cleans dung off the ground.
    Pig - Cleans itself in mud.
    Fly - Scrubs itself after every bite of a meal.
    Sloth - Least efficient cleaner/ covered in moths or other animals.

  • Season 4 Episode 15: Weird Weapons

  • Weirdest weapons:
    Electric Eel - Its weird weapon: electricity. Low voltages for detecting prey, high voltages for killing prey.
    Ant - They create a stronghold in a tree and wait inside for the prey to come to rest at the tree then catch it.
    Humpback Whale - They use sonic wave sound to cage fish.
    Spitting spider - They use their web to throw at their prey.
    Tarantula - They can spray their hair to make a predator feel itchy and run away.
    Whip Scorpion - They can spray the acid from their tails.
    Horned Lizard - squirt blood out of their eyes to scare away predators.
    Archerfish - They squirt water to knock down their prey.
    Tiger - They use their ultrasonic sound to face each other down.
    Fieldfare - It uses its dung to throw at its enemies.

  • Season 4 Episode 14: Diggers

  • The best diggers:
    Termite - Builds mounds taller than a Giraffe, using only dirt, dung, and saliva!
    Mole - Can shift ten lbs. of dirt in 20 minutes.
    Earthworm - Can dig 12 ft. underground (one earthworm is 15 ft. long!)
    Meerkat - Can have 70 entrances to its underground home.
    Mole cricket (male) - They make their own underground stereo system.
    Badger - First contender to connect underground tunnels that were dug.
    Woodpecker - Beak can peck 20 times a second and 12,000 times a day into a tree.
    Ant-Lion - Lures ants into its sand crater to paralyze, then it sucks the ant dry.
    Carmine Bee-Eater - Digs eight ft. in mid-air.
    Scabies Mite - Digs into our skin 1/8 of an inch.

  • Season 4 Episode 11: Slime Balls

  • Top 10 Slime Balls:

    1. Banana Slug - Slime for defense, motion, and a bungee cord to get down.

    2. Limpet - Uses glowing slime to distract predators.

    3. New Zealand Glowworm - Uses slime to lure cave animals into its clutches.

    4. Spittlebug - Slime is a protection from the sun's rays.

    5. Larvacea - lives in and fishes with slime, and builds a slime home every 24 hours.

    6. Snail - Slime for motion and defense.

    7. Hedgehog - Licks wood, and spreads it all over its body to smell like the wood.

    8. Toad - covers itself in mucus for a short time.

    9. Cave Swiftlet - Nest of slime.

    10. Hagfish - Slime for defense.

  • Season 4 Episode 10: Workaholics

  • Top 10 Workaholics:

    1. Honey Bee - Some Bees work their whole life, never a break!

    2. Leafcutter Ant - Gets leaves, adds poop and saliva, puts fungus on leaves, then distributes it among the colony.

    3. Cleaner Wrasse - Rests at night, is on 12 hr. patrol.

    4. Megapode - Digs a mound 50 ft. @ weigh 50 tons

    5. Beaver - Chomp down trees all fall. #5 because it spends the winter break underwater.

    6. Lion (female) - Hunts more than African Hunting Dog.

    7. African Hunting Dog - Does lots of hunting.

    8. Bower bird (Male) - Works day and night for a long time to create love shaks.

    9. Emperor Penguin - Spends the long cold winter working.

    10. Characin - Lay eggs on land, sprays water at eggs every minute for four days.

  • Season 4 Episode 9: City Slickers

  • Top 10 City Slickers:

    1. Macaque - Uses cities for getting water and stealing food, and can regularly adapt to city life.

    2. Crow - uses sidewalk as a nutcracker.

    3. Raccoon

    4. Moose

    5. Fox

    6. Red-Tailed Hawk

    7. Turkey Vulture

    8. Mexican Free-tailed Bat

    9. Little Blue Penguin - Builds nests under houses.

    10. Saltwater Crocodile

  • Season 4 Episode 8: Fashion Disasters

  • Top 10 Fashion Disasters:

    1.Deer - Their antlers (mainly, moose antlers), when interlocked, can bring targets to predators and/or death to each other.

    2. Babirusa (male) - Their upper tusks can go through their skull.

    3. Sage Grouse (male) - The male's air sacs attracted not only females, but, also eagles!

    4. Guppy (male) - Their bright colors and spots attracted females and predators.

    5. Lion (male) - The darker the mane, the more females he attracts, but the higher the chance he can overheat.

    6. Bengal Tiger white variation - All of the white Bengals lived in captivity.

    7. Peafowl (male) - The larger the tail feathers, the worse they fly, and the easier the target for predators.

    8. Fiddler Crab (male) - It's hard to escape from danger when you have an arm five times bigger than the other!

    9. Porcupine - Their needles can stick themselves.   

    10. Lake Titicaca Frog - It isn't built to stay outside of water for long.

  • Season 4 Episode 7: Transformers

  • The best Transformers:

    1.Ribeoria Worm - It undergoes four stages of transformations.

    2. Stick Insect - It undergoes three transformations-ant, scorpion, leaf.

    3. Caterpillar - Transforms into a butterfly.

    4. Sea Squirt - Sacrifices its body to become nothing more than part of the sea floor.

    5. Tiger Salamander - They can be Plankton eaters or carnivores from the weather.

    6. Wrasse (female) - Can change sex!

    7. Flatfish - Eyes change from one side of the body to the other side to become flat.

    8. Naked Mole Rat (female) - Can stretch its stomach by choice when pregnant.

    9. Mimic Octopus - Can change shape, color & skin texture in one second!

    10. Arctic Fox - Can disguise itself in two different coats, one for the summer and one for the winter.

  • Season 4 Episode 6: Appendages

  • In this episode we have:
    -Anglerfish - Its fishing lure and the female anglerfish's sexual organs are really males fused to her body!
    -Mussel
    -Nudibranch
    -Salamander - Its tail can grow back.
    -Spider Monkey - Long arms and tail.
    -Star-Nosed Mole - The nose's sense of touch can be six times that of a normal mole.
    -Elephant - Long, useful nose.
    -Dragonfly (nymph) - Bottom jaw shoots forward and hooks prey.
    -Snail- Strange teeth called a radula
    -Chameleon - Long tongue that can extend 13 ft. and move at 13 mph!

  • Season 4 Episode 5: Loudmouths

  • In this episode we have:
    Pistol Shrimp It has a specialized claw that generates noise over 200 decibels. This is enough to kill small fish and break glass almost 1.8 meters away.
    Sperm whale So loud that it can kill a Giant Squid!
    Herring As loud as a Jet Engine at takeoff.
    Bat It actually is an extremely loud animal. Their calls are just too high-pitched for us to hear.
    Cicada Loudest bug in the world.
    Elephant Could drown out a Jackhammer.
    Howler monkey Like standing next to a Blender at full speed.
    Wolf Their howl can be heard 10 miles away on a clear night.
    Kakapo (male) Low pitched love call. Can be heard 3 miles away.
    Alligator Calls are too low-pitched for Humans to hear.

  • Season 4 Episode 4: Dieters

  • Top 10 dieters:
    Tick It can survive 18 years without eating!
    Salmon While going upstream to their spawning grounds, it has no choice but to go 9 months without eating.
    Bear Since it hibernates, it can survive 7 months without eating.
    Honeypot ant It can survive six months without eating.
    Right whale (female) Since the whale pup would die in the cold Antarctic waters, the mother must travel 4,000 miles north without any food at all. It can survive 4 months without eating.
    Emperor penguin (male) While the females are thriving off of fish and krill, the dads are raising their young in the harsh Antarctic landscape, where it must go 90 days without eating.
    Weddell seal (female) When it has a newborn pup, the mother must go without eating for three weeks.
    Camel If it has a full hump, it can survive for two weeks without eating.
    Shrew It has to eat three times its own weight or starve.
    Hummingbird It can eat 60 meals a day without getting fat due to fast metabolism.

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