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Explore the Special Abilities of Animals

Some dogs are expert diggers; some are born to swim. Your kids might have seen that the family pet has a special ability. To find out more about animal talents, take your kids to a local zoo or wildlife preserve.


Heat-seeking receptors

Boa constrictors (and other snakes) have heat pit receptors that allow for the detection of other organisms. But unlike most other snakes, boas have “aglyphous” teeth – meaning their fangs don’t carry venom. They make up for this lack by constricting their prey. Did you know that?

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If you have outdoor allergies, visit indoor environments, like aquariums.