What are invertebrates?
Invertebrates are animals that do not have backbones or spinal bones.
Over 96% of all the animal species on Earth are invertebrates.
Fun Facts about Invertebrates
- Around 23% of all marine organisms are mollusks.
- The only hard body part of an octopus is a hooked beak at the end of its tentacles.
- Some invertebrates, such as echinoderms, do not have heads.
- There are likely millions of invertebrates living in your house right now. They are called dust mites and you can’t see them.
- When a crustacean outgrows its shell, it sheds the shell and grows a new one.
- Lobsters, crabs, and shrimp all have 10 legs. The front two legs have pincers they can use to catch food and fight off predators.
- Some scorpion mothers protect their young by carrying them on their backs.
- Centipedes are carnivores which eat insects and worms. They have a poisonous bite to help them kill their prey.
- Millipedes are herbivores who eat plants and rotting material.
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