Masters of disguise, lightening speeds and shapeshifters roam the animal kingdom. There’s a bird, there’s a bee, there’s a European Wolverine and there’s 16 incredible animals to collect! Can you guess what they all have in common? They are all real-life animals with SUPER POWERS!
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Found in the subtropical rainforests of Australia, this bird is shy and more likely to be heard than seen, with a distinctive cry and melodious, territorial song.
It mimics other birds and animals in the forests they inhabit but is also known to mimic mechanical sounds such as a camera shutter or car alarm.
During courtship displays, male’s tail feathers look like a lyre, a Greek instrument.
(Panthera pardus orientalis)
With their distinct thick, spot-covered coat, essential for survival in their cold climate, these leopards are mostly found in the Amur River basin in Eastern Russia, China and Korea.
These leopards leap up to 10 feet vertically into trees and adeptly climb them.
They are so strong that they can hide unfinished kills in trees, and are able to carry up to 10 times their weight.
Also known as the warru or Black-footed Rock-wallaby, the species is a nocturnal animal living in small colonies in the rocky outcrops in Australia.
Their hind feet are well-padded, flexible and textured, providing friction and grip as they hop swiftly across rocks.
Their tails help them stand, hop, move and store excess fat for use in times of hardship.
Brown Sea Cucumber
Found in Eastern Pacific and Australian waters, the soft, slimy Brown Sea Cucumber softens its body to slip into cracks and can regenerate organs.
They defend themselves by expelling their viscera which regenerates in 2-3 weeks.
They have an unusual way of obtaining oxygen – they breathe through their anus.
A unique reproductive mechanism, they have the ability to divide themselves in two.
Chinhai Spiny Newt
Often hidden in forests, marshes and ponds in eastern China, the Chinhai Spiny Newt is a stout salamander with a flattened body and head, and 12 knob-like, porous glands.
When attacked, the tips of their sharp, elongated ribs project through their large glands injecting painful, poisonous secretions into the mouth of the would-be predator.
They lead a secretive, terrestrial life outside of the breeding season, being inactive during the day, slow moving when active and are in hibernation from November to March.
(Canis lupus dingo)
While similar to dogs, the Australian Dingo is more agile with flexible joints and the ability to jump, climb and dig exceptionally well, making them excellent escape artists.
Their jaw opens very wide revealing large teeth and their head rotates 180 degrees.
Typically a ginger coloring, the dingo is a social, curious and intelligent animal that, when possible, will form a stable pack with clearly defined territories.
The European Wolverine is the largest member of the weasel family, found in the high mountains near the timberline or tundra in northern Eurasia and North America.
They secrete potent fluids through their glands to mark territory, attract mates or keep competitors from their kills, giving them the nicknames “skunk bear” and “nasty cat”.
They are a fast, powerful, tenacious predator and scavenger with a voracious appetite.
The Hooded Pitohui is a colorful, dove-sized bird that inhabits the forests of New Guinea and is one of the first documented poisonous birds.
When they eat the toxic New Guinea beetle, they end up with neurotoxins that live in their skin and feathers.
The birds are not born with the poison but do pass it on to their young.
Their bright red or orange belly along with a strong odor they can emit, also help ward off predators.
Mutable Rain Frog
Found in Ecuador, this recently discovered (2009) rain frog is able to change the texture of its skin within a matter of minutes to mimic the texture it sits on.
Researchers found the spiny frog on moss, placed it in a smooth container where its skin changed to smooth, then added moss and the frog’s skin went back to spiny!
These remarkable frogs are tiny, about the size of a fingernail.
Found in trees in India and Sri Lanka, this tarantula is the only species of its genus to start life lavender and grow into adulthood with iridescent blue hues.
They have fine hairs called trichobothria that are sensitive to movement, smell and taste, helping it to find prey and escape predators.
Also known as the Gooty Sapphire Ornamental Tarantula, it is photosensitive and skittish and runs away fast when threatened or when light shines on it.
Pygmy Blue-tongue Lizard
This small lizard is found in the mid-north of South Australia where its 4-5″ (11cm) long body obtains shelter by hijacking burrows from trapdoor or wolf spiders.
Slow creatures with few defenses, they don’t venture far from home except to mate or bask in the sun, spending most of their day immobile, head up, waiting to ambush insects or catch water droplets that fall into their burrow.
Reindeer can see in ultraviolet, helping them find food (lichen moss) and avoid predators (wolves) which absorb ultraviolet rays and appear black in the snow in their Arctic Tundra and North Pole habitats.
Their eyes have reflective tissue and protection for their eyes’ photoreceptors.
Their noses and antlers have many tiny blood vessels to prevent them from freezing.
Ruby-eyed Green Pitviper
Little is known about this recently discovered (2011) viper found in forests within Vietnam and Cambodia
Pit organs in vipers’ faces have a membrane that detects infrared radiation from warm bodies, allowing them to “see” infrared and form thermal profiles of their prey.
They have especially long, hinged fangs that are hollow and rotate. Their venom travels down their hollow fangs and gets injected into their prey.
Rusty Patched Bumble Bee
Found in the Midwest and Northeastern U.S., this bee species is a large, fuzzy bee whose workers have a rusty colored patch on the second abdomen segment.
Flapping their wings creates a positive electrical charge on their hairy bodies which attracts the negatively charged pollen they transfer from flower to flower.
Their wings flap back and forth, not up and down, creating a mini hurricane.
Southern Bent-Winged Bat
(Miniopterus orianae bassanii)
This special bat is a micro-bat that roosts in caves near the coastal cliffs in southern Australia, using the same flight path nightly to forage for insects.
They use echolocation to navigate, using a combination of physiological adaptations and sound to detect obstacles, find their roosts and forage for food.
Bats’ calls are ultrasonic which humans can’t hear unless we use special bat detectors.
Spotted hyenas are capable of chewing and digesting skin, bones and waste of other animals, although they cannot completely digest hooves, horns and hair of their prey.
They have one of the most powerful bites of any mammal.
They make a variety of sounds from whoops to yells, including the human-like “laugh” when excited or nervous, hence the nickname “laughing hyenas.”
Sunflower Sea Star
The largest of the sea stars, at lengths over a meter, the Sunflower Sea Star lives on the sand and rocks of the deeper tidal waters from Alaska to southern California.
Adults have 16-24 sucker-covered arms they can detach and regenerate when attacked.
They are a voracious predator traveling up to 40 inches per minute, capturing even large prey by disconnecting their skeleton to open their mouth wide.
The Odobenus rosmarus, Latin for “tooth-walking sea-horse,” is found living in herds in the Artic where blubber protects them from freezing temperatures.
Two air sacs in their neck inflate to create buoyancy like a life preserver and hold the air-breathing mammal’s head above water while it sleeps.
The sacs are also used for communication including a bell-like sound called “chiming” as well as a booming sound males make when arguing or attracting females.
Pacific Giant Glass Frog
This unique frog is nocturnal, living in Ecuador and Colombia high in mountain cloud forests near waterfalls or rapids.
Their skin is translucent so you can see through to their organs, bones and muscles.
They range from dark green to lime green and blend into their surroundings, so they look like they are a part of the leaves they sit on.
This collectible is extremely rare! There are only one in one thousand chances to find it!