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How Do Animals Use Their Skin?

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Pippa Corbett Profile
Pippa Corbett answered
Animals use their skin for a number of different thing, and the animal kingdom is full of examples that you may be interested in.

Here's a list of 3 cool ways that certain animals make use of their skin:

Animals putting their skin to good use:
1- Pteromyini (or 'flying squirrels', as they are popularly known) use flaps of skin underneath their arms to glide from one tree to another.

The skin in question is called a 'patagium', and is similar to the structure of a bat's wings too.

2- Some animals, like certain types of Chameleon, are able to change the color of their skin. This is done to match their surroundings (camouflage), in reaction to temperature, or as a signal to other animals.


3- An animal's skin can also be a form of protection from its environment, as well as from predators. An elephant's skin is usually around 1 inch thick, and this helps protect it from the threat of insect bites.

A hippo's skin is known for exuding a red liquid that looks like blood. This secretion helps protect the animal from the sun's rays when it ventures out of the water.
Michelle Watson Profile
Michelle Watson answered
Animals use their skin in a variety of ways:

1) For protection - some animals can change the color to match their surroundings. For example, a lizard.
2) To identify food - many animals use their sense of touch to identify food before they eat it.
3) For getting around in the dark
4) For shelter
5) For finding a mate
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Anonymous answered
They use their skin to breathe. Also, the skin is used to make leather, clothes, drums, and other things.

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