The Greatest Scams in the Natural World

How do leopards hide their kills? How does the Australian jumping spider trick its prey? Check out this Animal Planet series to learn more about the tricks of the trade that animals across the world use to survive.

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Animal Planet: Elusive Leopards

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," leopards go to great lengths to protect their kills from other predators and scavengers. Their ability to carry three times their weight while climbing trees allows them to hold on to their meal.


On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," leopards go to great lengths to protect their kills from other predators and scavengers. Their ability to carry three times their weight while climbing trees allows them to hold on to their meal.
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Animal Planet: Elusive Leopards

Young alligators let out a squeal to summon their mother to dig them out of the ground. During mating season, adult males let out a rumble to entice females. Learn more about how alligators communicate on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Alligator Mating Call

On Animal Planet's, "Fooled by Nature," rank and mating rights are established among bison bull through battle. The male bison uses his head as a battering ram to fight rival males.
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Fooled by Nature: American Bison

Get a wake-up call on this episode of Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature." In Kenya, the red-billed hornbills partner with the dwarf mongoose by waking them up for breakfast and feasting on the leftovers. They also alert the mongoose of predators.
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Fooled by Nature: Animal Partnership

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," the anthias fish have the capability of changing genders when necessary. If the male of a school of fish disappears, the largest female will undergo hormonal changes in order to become the ruling male.
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Fooled by Nature: Anthias Fish

Ants have one of the most advanced communication systems in the animal kingdom. So how did a spider move in to this colony and remain undetected, devouring grubs at will? Find out in this video from Animal Planet.
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Fooled By Nature: Ants

Archer fish have perfected a technique that enables them to eat insects on trees. They shoot a concentrated beam of water that knocks the insect into the water. Learn more in this clip from the Animal Planet series, "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Archer Fish

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," learn about army ants. Measured by the weight of the prey they consume, army ants have a greater impact than any other predator in the forest.
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Fooled by Nature: Army Ants

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," the Australian jumping spider has a variety of tactics to turn other spiders into its next meal. One tactic is it mimics a prey's movements and entices the other spider to come close.
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Fooled by Nature: Australian Jumping Spider

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," we learn about the Babirusa pig and the extraordinary teeth of the males.
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Fooled by Nature: Babirusa Pig Teeth

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," a competition reigns supreme in the Ethiopian Highlands as a gelada baboon harem leader fights off rival bachelor baboons for control of the harem.
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Fooled by Nature: Baboon Harems

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," the bat-eared fox is the only member of the dog family, which has chosen to eat insects instead of red meat. The fox uses its large ears to hone in on insect colonies.
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Fooled by Nature: Bat-eared Fox

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," learn about the clever defense mechanism underwing moths have against bats. When the moth hears the ultrasonic calls of the bat, instincts make the moth dive out of harms way.
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Fooled by Nature: Bats vs the Underwing Moth

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," killer orca whales intentionally beach themselves at high tide to catch sea lions during breeding season. Orca whales often team up to surround the sea lions and are known as "wolves of the sea."
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Fooled by Nature: Beached Orca Whales

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," beavers create dams in order collect more water and store food. One beaver can chop down 200 trees a year and it only takes a few hours for them to gnaw through one.
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Fooled by Nature: Beaver Dams

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," learn how bees navigate by using the sun as a compass.
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Fooled by Nature: Bee's Navigation System

Rank and mating rights are established among the bison through battle. The male bison uses his head as a battering ram to fight rival males. Learn more about bison on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Bison Bull

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," the male bowerbird spends nine months building a lair to entice females. The bird collects flowers, beetles and berries and arranges it in its own artistic way.
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Fooled by Nature: Bowerbird's Seduction

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," learn about the bull shark's remarkable ability to live in both seawater and freshwater.
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Fooled by Nature: Bull Sharks Hunt in Two Habitats

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," the dominant male capybara must fight with subordinate males to protect his family and maintain control of his territory.
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Fooled by Nature: Capybara Combat

The mosquito heavily influences the migration of the caribou. Caribou will go miles out of their way just to avoid the stinging bites of this pesky bloodsucking creature, as you'll learn in this video from Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Caribou against Mosquito

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," chameleons are cold-blooded lizards that can change colors according to their mood. They expand and retract color cells located on their skin which provide an array of colors.
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Fooled by Nature: Chameleon Colors

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," learn about chameleons. Their tongue is longer in length than their entire body and has a round tip which sticks to prey.
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Fooled by Nature: Chameleons Expanding Tongues

Learn about how cheetahs hunt and feed in this Animal Plant video.
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Fooled By Nature: Cheetah

On Animal Planet's, "Fooled by Nature," although chimps are primarily vegetarian they hunt in packs to capture their unsuspecting prey, the red columbus monkey.
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Fooled by Nature: Chimp Hunting Packs

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," witness the migration of the Christmas Island crab. The Christmas Island crab is a land loving crab that cannot swim, but must migrate to the ocean each year to breed.
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Fooled by Nature: Christmas Island Crab Migration

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," learn about cleaner fish who provide a valuable service to other tropical fish by eating plankton, parasites and bodily wastes.
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Fooled by Nature: Cleaner Fish

The Corolla spider uses quartz rocks to set a trap for its prey. See this innovative hunting technique in this clip from Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature" series.
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Fooled By Nature: Corolla Spider

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," viewers can travel to Brazil and meet forward-thinking capuchin monkeys who use tools to open pine nuts.
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Fooled by Nature: Crafty Capuchins

Find out how crocodiles breathe underwater in this video from Animal Planet.
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Fooled By Nature: Crocodile

A parrot found only in New Zealand eats pretty much anything it can get its beak into--plants, meat and even garbage. Learn more about the kea in this clip from Animal Planet's series, "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Curious Kea

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," rival male diamondback rattlesnakes engage in a combat dance during mating season to win the courtship of a receptive female.
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Fooled by Nature: Diamondback Rattlesnakes Combat Dance

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," dolphins have a unique whistle which helps them locate each other. Dolphins also use echo location to help them spot their prey.
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Fooled by Nature: Dolphin Communication

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," the dung beetle is a waste disposal specialist that clears the savannah of large portions of dung every single day.
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Fooled by Nature: Dung Beetle Basics

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," the echidna is an unusual mammal that has a long, barbed tongue that is used to eat worms. This nocturnal animal is only found in New Guinea.
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Fooled by Nature: Echidna

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," male elephants can produce an ultrasound call that asserts their dominance. The elephant can also stomp to create a seismic sound wave heard by other elephant herds.
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Fooled by Nature: Elephant Communication

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," the elephant bull's massive size could limit its movement, but hollow air pockets in the skull allow its head to move freely. Rival bulls engage in fierce competition for female companionship.
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Fooled by Nature: Elephant Heads

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," the elephant shrew, also called a sengi, shows us its network of trails used for traveling through the scrub.
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Fooled by Nature: Elephant Strew Navigator

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," Mt. Elgon in Africa is home to these elephant cave miners. In the middle of the night, these elephants mine salty rock in order to get a balanced diet.
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Fooled by Nature: Elephants in Salt Mines

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," watch how flamingos of East Africa survive extreme conditions in the steaming, volcanic sulfur, chlorine and phosphorus laden soda lakes.
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Fooled by Nature: Fiery Flamingos

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," watch the original pirate of the Caribbean-- the frigate bird. Since the frigate bird cannot dive, it steals fish from a more experienced diver, the blue-footed booby.
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Fooled by Nature: Frigate Birds

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," see how young fulmar chicks use their own vomit to repel predators.
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Fooled by Nature: Fulmar Chick's Vomit

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," some male garter snakes have figured out a way to disguise themselves as females through their scent. Once their temperature is warmed up by courting males, they are able to get a head start in mating.
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Fooled by Nature: Garter Snake's Disguise

Only 3,000 giant pandas still remain in the wild. They spend fourteen hours a day feeding exclusively on bamboo. Learn more about the giant panda on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Giant Pandas

Explained on Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," the giraffe's blue tongue is long and protected by horny bumps. It eats spiked plants, which have no effect on the giraffe's digestive system.
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Fooled by Nature: Giraffe's Blue Tongue

On Animal Planet's, "Fooled by Nature," learn about the tokay geckos. This animal defies the laws of gravity with its hairy adhesive feet, which allow it to climb upside down on almost any surface.
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Fooled by Nature: Gravity Defying Geckos

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," witness Hanuman langur monkeys misbehaving -- jaywalking, vandalizing, even shoplifting in Jodhpur, India.
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Fooled by Nature: Hanuman Langur Monkeys in Jodhpur

The horned lizard has to be out in the open a long time in order to feed on ants. If attacked, the horned lizard shoots blood out of its eye in order to startle the enemy. Learn more about the horned lizard on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Horned Lizard Defense Mechanisms

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," hornets create a large nest by using wood pulp and saliva to form paper. Eventually, the queen hornet is unable to produce workers and the colony dies.
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Fooled by Nature: Hornets' Nest

Green herons have improved their fishing prowess by acting like fishermen. Learn about more about how they catch their food on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: How Herons Catch Food

The Humpback whale uses teamwork and a high-pitched scream to disorient fish. After the fish rush to the top of the water, the whales go in for the kill. Watch how its done in this clip from Animal Planet's "Fooled By Nature" series.
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Fooled by Nature: Humpback on the Hunt

Explained on Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," spotted hyenas have a complicated social order. They are organized by territorial clans. The males must submit to the females in order to mate with them.
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Fooled by Nature: Hyena Courtship

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," octopi use their intelligent arms to capture prey and explore their environments. Their arms contain neurons enabling the octopi to use them independently.
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Fooled by Nature: Intelligent Octopus

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," koala bears eat the poisonous leaves of the eucalyptus trees. Fortunately, from birth the cubs are conditioned to digest the leaves through a bacteria produced by eating their mother's dung.
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Fooled by Nature: Koala's Diet

Komodo dragons have a deadly bite. Sometimes there is a bit of waiting involved, but one good bite can often kill an animal many times the dragon's size. Meet the Komodo dragon in this video from Animal Planet.
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Fooled By Nature: Komodo Dragon

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," the Komodo dragon shows off its razor sharp teeth and how efficiently they can be used in combination with their poisonous saliva.
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Fooled by Nature: Komodo Dragon Teeth

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," the sifaka lemur of Madagascar launch between spiny trees using their powerful hind limbs. Known as vertical climbers, they leap from tree to tree in search of food.
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Fooled by Nature: Leaping Lemurs

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," black lemurs from Madagascar find the bug repellent properties of millipedes to be both anti-parasitic and intoxicating.
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Fooled by Nature: Lemurs and Medicinal Millipedes

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," lions mark their territory with roars that can be heard five miles away. Roaring intimidates intruders and helps avoid confrontation with rivals. Roaring is also the lion's primary mode of communication.
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Fooled by Nature: Lion's Roar

Lions use a communal system for raising their cubs. Lionesses depend on one another to protect and care for their young. Watch them in this Animal Planet clip.
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Fooled By Nature: Lionesses

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature, the African lungfish has the capability of breathing air outside of the water. Without rain or water, the lungfish can hibernate for four years.
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Fooled by Nature: Lungfish

The male lyrebird courts its mate with a variety of birdcalls. The lyrebird has no song of its own, but it can mimic almost any sound. Learn more about the lyrebird on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Lyrebird Mating

The mayfly only lives 1 day each year. Its life cycle starts when its emerges from the water and the mayfly dies right after it mates. Learn more about the mayfly on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Mayflies

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," Mexican free-tailed bats swarm outside during sundown. Unlike humans, their hands are not brittle. Instead, they bend, which is perfect for flight.
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Fooled by Nature: Mexican Free Tailed Bats

On Animal Planet's, "Fooled by Nature," being totally blind does not stop Grant's golden mole from hunting a delectable insect treat. Superb hearing aides this primarily nocturnal mammal as it swims through the sand in search of insects.
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Fooled by Nature: Moles

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," witness the marvelous migration of the monarch butterfly. Starting in Central America, the monarch butterfly begins its annual migration back to the United States and Canada.
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Fooled by Nature: Monarch Butterfly Migration

Watch the Langer monkey and the spotted deer form a friendly alliance in central India on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature." This alliance allows them to feed together and avoid dangerous predators such as the Bengal tiger.
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Fooled by Nature: Monkey and Deer Alliance

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," learn about the orangutans and how they navigate to find food at different times of the year.
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Fooled by Nature: Orangutan Navigators

Ostriches are the biggest and fastest bird in the world; however, they are flightless. Learn how ostriches steel ostrich chicks from rival families on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Ostriches Steeling Chicks

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," learn about the annual Pacific salmon trek from the deep ocean to the Canadian rivers in order to spawn new fish. Many of the salmon run out of energy and die.
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Fooled by Nature: Pacific Salmon

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," oxpeckers appear to be the perfect neighbor in the African savannah, cleaning anything from parasites to bodily wastes off of their terrestrial partners. However, their bloodlust makes for a sinister partnership.
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Fooled by Nature: Parasite Peckers

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," the fruits, nuts and seeds of the Amazon rainforest provide an appetizing meal for parrots. However, some of the food is toxic. Parrots have found that a daily dose of clay neutralizes the toxins.
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Fooled by Nature: Parrot Detox

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," we learn about parrot fish. They can grow up to 60 inches long. They eat the reef  and excrete fine white coral sand, helping to build beaches.
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Fooled by Nature: Parrot Fish

The pigeon is able to escape from one of the most ruthless aerial killers: the peregrine falcon. Learn how on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Pigeons vs the Peregrine Falcon

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," join a major rainforest social event -- piper plant rubbing. Capuchin monkeys have discovered that piper plants possess natural insect repelling properties and prevent skin infections.
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Fooled by Nature: Piper Planet Rubbing

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature", visit the icy wastelands of the Arctic with the polar bear. The polar bear can survive extreme icy conditions due to its insulating fat layer.
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Fooled by Nature: Polar Bear's Body Insulation

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," blubber from seals provide the polar bear with good cholesterol, keeping it from becoming obese and providing life-saving insulation.
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Fooled by Nature: Polar Bears Hunt Seals

The rattlesnake uses thermal imaging to help stalk its prey. Once the victim is bitten, the snake poisons and digests its prey. Learn more win this video from Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature" series.
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Fooled by Nature: Rattlesnake

In England, male red deer fight over grazing territories in October. Female deer decide which stag to mate with according to the quality of food in their territory. Learn more in this video from Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Red Deer Rut

At low tide these bizarre crustaceans pass sand through their mouths for food and leave behind curious sand balls. Learn more in this video from Animal Planets "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Sand Bubbler Crabs

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," squirrels gather and bury acorns for the winter. They are equipped with an internal navigational system that allows them to locate their acorns months later, even under a thick layer of snow!
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Fooled by Nature: Satellite Squirrels

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," watch as lions resort to thievery for food. Rather than hunting and killing their own prey, lions will steal food from vultures, hyenas, cheetahs and even other lions.
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Fooled by Nature: Scavenging Lions

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," family values are vital to successful hunting and social structures of the giant river otters along the Amazon. They hunt, eat and groom together. They also perform a ritual dance to establish territory.
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Fooled by Nature: Sea Otters of the Amazon

The scalloped hammerhead has a mallet shaped head that gives it super senses. Learn about their sixth sense on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Senses of a Scalloped Hammerhead

Explained on Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," sexton beetles have special receptors that can find a corpse over a mile away. Once found, the sexton beetle lays eggs, which hatch and eat the corpse.
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Fooled by Nature: Sexton Beetles

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," we learn about the most famous teeth on Earth: shark teeth. Sharks have a massive bite with many rows of teeth. They even have teeth on the surface of their skin.
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Fooled by Nature: Shark's Teeth

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature", a singing showdown ensues between a father and son gibbon resulting in a high speed chase. Singing is pivotal in the gibbon community because it is used to mark territory and determine family rank.
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Fooled by Nature: Singing Gibbons

When attacked, the spitting cobra can spit venom up to 8 feet in order to blind the enemy. Its venom is a neurotoxin which can produce pain and blindness. Learn more about spitting cobras on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Spitting Cobra

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," the star nosed mole shows off its super-sensitive nose, which gives it the best sense of touch in the natural world.
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Fooled by Nature: Star Nosed Mole

Stealth and superb hearing aid this primarily nocturnal mammal as it swims through the sand in search of insects. Learn more about moles on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Stealthy Mole

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," termite mounds are large durable structures that can take years to build. If the structure is compromised, soldiers send out alarms, which call the worker termites.
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Fooled by Nature: Termite Mound

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," one over-grown guinea pig, also called Agouti, is almost solely responsible for the reproduction of the Brazil nut tree. The Agouti uses its ever growing teeth to access the seeds.
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Fooled by Nature: The Agouti's Teeth

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," watch the bar-headed geese take extreme survival to a whole new level as they migrate from the plains of southeast Russia, China and northern India over the Himalayas to northern Burma.
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Fooled by Nature: The Bar-Headed Goose

The Blue Whale emits low frequency rumbles up to 200 decibels which are used to communicate with other whales. Learn more about the Blue Whale on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: The Blue Whale

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," see how being the fastest cat can be a double edge sword. The cheetah can sustain fast speeds but only for short time periods, so it must be calculating when hunting prey.
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Fooled by Nature: The Cheetah's Speed

The Draco lizard has a remarkable talent. When threatened, it turns itself into a hang glider by flipping open ribs lined with membrane. Learn more about the Draco lizard on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: The Draco Lizard

Dragonflies are veracious predators and have 30,000 eyes to spot prey. They will eat any type of prey that is smaller than they are. Learn more about dragonflies on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: The Dragonfly

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature", watch how the fishing cat catches its prey. Unlike most cats, the fishing cat of the Mangrove swamps loves water and has adapted unique characteristics allowing it to catch fish, frogs and crayfish.
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Fooled by Nature: The Fishing Cat

The goshawk is a pursuit predator with amazing flying abilities. It can weave around trees at 40 miles per hour. Learn more about the goshawk on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: The Goshawk

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," watch as Africa's largest lizard, the Nile monitor steals everything from bird's eggs to alligator eggs to feed itself. It will even steal prey from the king of the jungle.
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Fooled by Nature: The Nile Monitor

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature", we profile the rock hyrax. This African miniature mammal's nearest relative is the elephant. Weighing only an average of nine pounds, rock hyraxes are able to climb rocks with ease using the soles of their feet.
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Fooled by Nature: The Rock Hyrax

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," see how the Bengal tiger's speed and agility helps it capture prey. The tiger's amazing speed allows it to cover twenty feet in a single stride.
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Fooled by Nature: The Turbo Bengal Tiger

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," learn about turtles and how they navigate their way to the ocean by looking at the stars.
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Fooled by Nature: Turtle Navigators

Bats use ultrasonic sounds to locate and attack their prey. Even at high speeds, they are able to locate their meal and snatch insects from the air or water. Learn more in this clip from Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature" series.
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Fooled by Nature: Ultrasonic Bats

Vampire bats are the only mammals to survive exclusively on a diet of fresh blood. They have an array of heightened senses. Learn more about vampire bats on Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature."
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Fooled by Nature: Vampire Bats

On Animal Planet's, "Fooled by Nature," watch as warthogs go head to head against each other. Warthogs will fight at a moment's notice and often fight for no reason at all.
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Fooled by Nature: Warthog Warriors

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," Alaskan grizzlies enjoy the carnivorous life for limited seasons of the year. They are actually 80 percent vegetarians depending on green delights for the bulk of their diet.
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Fooled by Nature: What Grizzlies Eat

On Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," watch as African wild dogs display their impeccable table manners after a kill -- allowing the pups first dibs on the food.
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Fooled by Nature: Wild Dog Table Manners

On this episode of Animal Planet's "Fooled by Nature," we'll meet grazing wildebeest during their annual migration. Remarkably, wildebeest migration is driven by grazing on phosphorus rich grass.
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Fooled by Nature: Wildebeest Migration

On Animal Planet's series "Fooled by Nature," the motion of a zebra herd and their stripes creates an optical illusion for predators.
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Fooled by Nature: Zebra Stripes

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