Friday, March 9, 2012

Friday Fun: Five Gross and Goofy Body Facts

1. A woodpecker keeps its supersized tongue in a groove that wraps around the inside of its skull. When the woodpecker drills holes in trees, its fleshy tongue pads its brain.

2. How does an alligator snapping turtle lure its prey? By wiggling a wormlike structure on the tip of its tongue.

3. A penguin’s tongue has tiny spikes that point backward, toward its throat. They prevent slippery fish from sliding out of the bird’s mouth.

4. When a blue-tongued skink feels scared, it opens its mouth and sticks out its tongue. The shocking colors are usually enough to scare off predators.

5. How does a gecko clean its eyes? With its tongue!

Looking for more Gross and Goofy Body facts? Check out my book Moving and Grooving: The Secrets of Muscles and Bones. It’s full of weird, wacky, strange, and surprising information about your body and the bodies of other animals.

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