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Invertebrates
Invertebrates

   

Invertebrates are animals that don’t have backbones. These creatures make up about 95 percent of all known animals.

 

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Black Widow Spider

MOST VENOMOUS

Animals & Pets

Jumping Spider - Ep. 52

Watch how stealthy jumping spiders can catch insects without using a web.

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Which spider is spookier?

Make your choice

Animals & Pets

Daddy Longlegs - Ep. 134

Get down to earth and take a look at the aphid-eating daddy longlegs.

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Tarantula

They hunt insects and frogs!

Earthworm

MAKE SOIL HEALTHY

SEE SPARKLEMUFFIN

New peacock spider found!

Sparklemuffin and Friends

Amazing Animals

Tarantula - Ep. 13

Around 900 different types!

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Scorpion

GLOWS IN UV LIGHT

Weird & Random

Glow in the Dark Millipedes - Ep. 11

The millipede Motyxia sequoiae, which lives in the upper elevations of the Sierra Nevada, glows bluish green as a warning to predators that the arthropod contains toxic cyanide. All 11 species and subspecies in the genus Motyxia glow, but those at lower elevations of the mountains glow less brightly. Scientists now think the bioluminescence first evolved as a way for millipedes at lower elevations to cope with the stress of living in a hot, dry environment and later evolved into a warning signal as the species moved up the mountains.

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Amazing Animals

Scorpion - Ep. 34

Scorpions are arachnids and have eight legs—just like spiders! Learn more amazing facts about the scorpion in this video from National Geographic Kids.

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Moment Of

Whoa! Centipede Takes On Pocket Mouse - Ep. 1

Watch what a centipede does to keep from becoming a pocket mouse’s snack! You won’t believe what happens in this episode of "Moment of..."

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Which gives you the creepy-crawlies?

Make your choice

Animals & Pets

Snail Zombies - Ep. 8

One parasite can turn an average garden snail into a "snail zombie"!

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OCTOPUS

They can shoot ink clouds!

Amazing Animals

Giant Pacific Octopus - Ep. 19

Giant Pacific octopuses can change color to blend in wherever they go! Learn more amazing facts about the giant Pacific octopus in this video from National Geographic Kids.

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GIANT SQUID

BEACH BALL EYES!

Bizarre Video!

Watch this creature become a giant!

Jellyfish

STINGING SEA CREATURE

Animals & Pets

Ocean Fairies - Ep. 48

Zooplankton are like nothing you've ever seen. Get a close-up look at some delicate and fairy-like creatures.

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You Wanna Be a What?!

Jellyfish Whisperer - Ep. 1

With crazy-colored dyes and awesome lasers, bioengineer Kakani Katija researches jellyfish in the waters of Panama and Palau.

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Animals & Pets

Hairy Sea Cucumber - Ep. 5

Watch an undersea show of a hairy sea cucumber's dancing feet in this video.

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Which invertebrate do you like most?

PEACOCK MANTIS SHRIMP

BOXER-LIKE MOVES!

Nudibranch

Stylish slug!

Bizarre Video!

Watch this creature pack a punch!

Animals & Pets

Plumed Worm - Ep. 22

Watch a plumed worm building a tube to live in and "decorating" it with sea lettuce!

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SEA STAR

They have amazing stomachs!

Amazing Animals

Shrimp - Ep. 20

Can grow to more than 12 inches long!

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Animals & Pets

Krill - Ep. 94

Krill may seem tiny and insignificant, but they are important building blocks in the oceans' food chain.

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Animals & Pets

Lobster Trail - Ep. 18

These lobsters form underwater conga lines to travel. Watch them move across the ocean floor.

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Animals & Pets

Carrier Crab - Ep. 74

If you think your backpack's bulky, be thankful you're not a carrier crab! Watch how these crustaceans pick up anything they can to use as defense—even another animal!

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Bright Red!

CHRISTMAS ISLAND RED CRAB

Amazing Animals

Christmas Crabs - Ep. 40

Over 50 million Christmas crabs migrate across Christmas Island every year! Learn more amazing facts about the Christmas crab in this video from National Geographic Kids.

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They're warm-blooded and hairy.

See pictures, watch videos, and get facts.

We've got snakes and lizards galore!

Get facts and watch videos about these cold-blooded creatures.

Something’s fishy!

Watch videos, see pictures, and get facts.

Meet your feathered friends!

Get the lowdown on these high-flying animals.

All About Amphibians!

See videos, photos, and facts on salamanders, frogs, and more.

Interesting Insects!

Get the buzz on these creepy-crawlies.