From Xplor for Kids
January 2018 Issue

Predator vs. Prey

Gray Fox vs Fox Squirrel

The struggle to survive isn't always a fair fight.

Lean, Strong and Steady

Powerful legs help the slinky fox push and pull itself straight up a tree trunk.

Greater Grippers

Super-sharp claws on every digit help the squirrel stick to trees like a cocklebur on cotton socks.

Hooked on Climbing

The gray fox has strong, hooked claws that allow it to climb trees.

Speedy Spacewalker

Squirrels can leap 10 feet across open space, traveling limb to limb at 20 mph.

And the winner is…

The gray fox’s special ability to climb trees doesn’t beat the fox squirrel’s superior stickiness and seemingly weightless speed. The squirrel escapes.

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I’m Lichen It!

Learn to spot these cool combo creatures, and you’ll be likin’ it, too.

Weasel on it's back legs

The Fierce and the Furriest

Welcome to the weasel family, Missouri’s largest clan of meat-eating mammals.

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This Issue's Staff:

Bonnie Chasteen
Les Fortenberry
Karen Hudson
Angie Daly Morfeld
Noppadol Paothong
Marci Porter
Mark Raithel
Laura Scheuler
Matt Seek
David Stonner
Nichole LeClair Terrill
Stephanie Thurber
Cliff White

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