5 Animals With Sensational Senses
Discovery Place Science
Did you know alligators have incredibly sensitive skin that can detect minute vibration changes in the water, or that snakes smell with their tongues? Check out some of our favorite animals with sensational senses:
1. Bats: Ever heard the term “blind as a bat?” Bats actually have perfectly good eyes for seeing in the daylight, but they do most of their hunting at night using ultrasounds -- high-pitched squeaks that bounce off objects and reverberate back. This is known as echolocation. Talk about super senses. We think bats are undercover superheroes – not evil villains!
2.Owls: Though rarely seen during daytime hours, elusive owls are among us. Most owls are nocturnal and some are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. Their ears and eyes have the remarkable ability to help them locate prey at night. Learning about owls is a hoot
3. Bees: How many bees do you think live in a hive? A working hive can have anywhere between 10,000 to 80,000 honeybees. These highly social insects use their antennae as communication with other bees during their bee “dance.” Bees also have highly developed senses of smell and taste. Their sense of smell is so defined it can detect the slightest trace of a scent while in flight. Now that’s some buzzworthy information on bees!
4. Snakes: We use our senses to taste food, smell a flower or hear music. Snakes use their senses to hunt prey, escape potential danger and to find a mate. Most snakes have poor eyesight and must rely on their other senses to help them out. Snakes can smell, but not with their noses. Snakes use their tongue to smell their surroundings. They also feel the vibrations around them through their skin and can determine how large their prey or a potential danger is by the animal’s movements. Sssssmelling never “tasted” so good!
5. Groundhogs: Spending most of their lives underground, groundhogs have muscular bodies and sturdy claws to assist them in digging burrows. They also have a keen sense of sight, smell and hearing. Their sensory organs are located near the top of their head and let them know when there is danger and when it is okay to pop out and look around. Question is, do they see their shadow when they pop out?