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The color of an organism is a structural adaptation that helps it survive. In nature, plants and animals use color and patterns in different ways.

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Deceptive Coloration - Is seeing really believing? Some organisms have coloration patterns that can trick other organisms.

Advertising Coloration - Some organisms just want attention!  Advertising coloration helps them get noticed.

    Did You Know?
skunk...the striped pattern is different on every skunk.

... skunks are nocturnal and sleep during the day.

... the skunk's white stripes are a warning to predators to stay away, far away!

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File FolderLearn how coloration helps these animals survive.

striped skunk monarch butterfly
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Junior Naturalist Patrice explains how coloration is a structural adaptation that helps animals and plants survive in their environment. Patrice and Senior Naturalist Dave Erler examine the coloration of the great horned owl. We take an up-close look at the skunk.   Von and Marrissa visit with wildlife photographer John Green and learn how color plays a role in photography. Watch Online >>

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