Animals in Armor

May 11, 2010 at 3:06 pm Leave a comment

What do chitin, calcium crystals and carapaces have in common? They are all used by animals in protection against attack.

Chitin is a type of sugar that is found in the exoskeleton of insects, crabs and shrimp.

Seashells are made of special calcium crystals to protect mollusks like clams and snails.

A carapace is the top shell of a turtle and is made of interlocking bone plates fused to the backbone and ribs.

Find out more about armored animals and check out the stinkpot (a native turtle species, not a misbehaving child) in our NEW exhibit at the Nature Center, open Tuesdays – Sundays from 10am to 5pm. Admission is $3 for adults; $2 for children ages 4-12 and seniors ages 60+.

The Eastern Box Turtle, and other turtles, have a top shell called a carapace that protects them from attack by predators.


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