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Wild Things: Life as We Know It

Pollinating crickets, the longest migration, puffed up toads and more...

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Cane toads
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Cane toads in South America inflate their bodies to intimidate predators. Now University of Sydney-led researchers say females, which are usually larger than males, can displace unwanted suitors by puffing up with air. A female may not want to mate with the first male to grab her and risks drowning if too many males latch on at once.

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