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Making Sense of the Senses
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith
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Each species of animal uses different senses to varying degreesThere are five senses: vision, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Each species of animal uses the different senses to varying degrees. Try to determine which of the following statements regarding the senses of animals are true, and which are false.

  1. A fish has taste receptors on the outside of its body.

  2. A flounder has both eyes on the same side of its body.

  3. Sight and hearing are the strongest senses in birds.

  4. Because they can see better in low light, birds with large eyes tend to start singing earlier in the morning than those with small eyes.

  5. Snakes do not have taste buds.

  6. Scent is the strongest sense in dogs.

  7. In newborn puppies, the only developed senses are touch and taste.

  8. Cats have heat receptors on the "leather" of their noses that can distinguish between temperature differences of less than 1°F.

  9. Cats do not have taste receptors that respond to sweetness.

  10. Ferrets can see well in low light conditions and see better close-up than at a distance.

  11. Sugar gliders are nocturnal and have large eyes.

  12. Hedgehogs have a good sense of hearing, and can hear sounds in the ultrasonic range.

 

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Sense-ational

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