TODAY | April 01, 2013
>>> this morning on "today's call of the wild " we're slib grating april fool 's day and animals adapted amazing strategies to stay alive and select few have gone one step further fooling their predators and potential prey.
>> this is so cool.
>> we have wildlife expert corbin maxxie.
>> this fooling predators because they play dead . they'll growl, show their teeth to potential predators like dogs, coyotes and foxes, belch, urinate, defecate and secrete a foul smelling odor from their behind.
>> which we saw a little while ago.
>> these are treats but it might be an april fool 's things. let me see if i can feed it a banana here. this is an animal ambassador from mercy wildlife county center in new jersey and she was rescued on the side of the road . possums are scavengers so when they see roadkill they eat it.
>> and be roadkill themselves.
>> we have the possum, now a milk snake .
>> who loves snakes?
>> not me. he can get in there.
>> hold it right here. you have to be careful f it gets a hold of you you'll be in serious trouble. april fool 's.
>> i love venom jokes.
>> red and black are nature's warning colors. when a predator sees that they're like stay away because they mimic a venomous snake . you want it, natalie?
>> no thank you.
>> if you're in central or south america , are you ready? see how it's twitching, isn't that cool? red touching black, friendly jack, red touching yellow, deadly fellow, only works some of the time although.
>> it's a roll of the dice .
>> look at this turkey vulture .
>> this is a turkey vulture . they're one of the most important animals for our ecosystems.
>> they clean up animal decay.
>> over 60% and so many people hate them in africa and stuff, people try to poison them because they think they're bad but our world would be a garbage can if we did not have vultures no your world.
>> look at that mouth.
>> look at this, watch your fingers. this is one of my favorite animals, an alligator snapping turtle . it fools its prey. the only turtle in the world that has that. willie you want to hold it?
>> do i want to hold it, sure.
>> behind the neck.
>> natalie i have something for you.
>> no, no.
>> it's a baby one.
>> not doing it. i'm not falling for anything more today.
>> amazing animals. they've been around over 200 million years, awesome for it's cosystem.
>> what does it feed on?
>> fish, crustaceans, other turtles.