1. The two large spots on a false-eyed frog’s derriere scare away hungry hunters. They think the spots are the eyes of a much larger animal.
2. A blue-ringed octopus’s body has enough poison to kill twenty people. Its colorful spots warn enemies to stay away.
3. The speckles and spots on a chameleon’s skin help the little lizard blend in with its surroundings.
4. When a hippo heats up, pink oil oozes out of its skin. Scientists used to think the massive mammal had worked up a sweat. But it turns out the oil is really built-in sunscreen. It protects hippos from the sun’s sizzling rays. It also keeps their skin soft and washes out cuts.
5. What do whales and walruses, dolphins and seals all have in common? A layer of blubber under their skin. It protect these warm-blooded animals from chilly ocean water.
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