TODAY | June 18, 2013
summer officially begins friday and as temperatures rise we all have to find a way to beat the heat. even the animals.
>> that's right, wildlife expert corbin maxie is here with some clever creatures who've adapteded to extreme conditions.
>> corbin, good to see you.
>> good to see, and
>> you like this animal which is shocking.
>> this is a cute little guy. i can handle this
>> this is a fox. this is from africa. some of the most hostile environments in africa.
>> the sahara desert , right?
>> yeah, temperatures -- and al you're big into weather, get over 130 degrees fahrenheit.
>> his ears help him, actually help him
>> it helps release heat.
>> so they have the ears but take a look at the feet, you guys see that?
>> they also have fur, basically on their feet which helps as like sand shoes to help prevent them from getting on that really really hot sand.
>> kind of like snow shoes for the sand.
>> and then there's so little water there, how do they adopt to that?
>> okay, collest fact
>> this is the only animal in the sahara actually that can survive without water.
>> so basically, how long?
>> for indefinite, they can get the moisture they need from the food then?
>> from the food, they're omnivores, so eating insects , small reptiles,
>> and also will eat some vegetation like roots and stuff like that.
>> and their thick fair, although it would seem to keep them hot,
>> it is actually like an insulator?
>> yeah it's an insulator and it blocks the sun and also their activities, they're going to be primary, nocturnal. anything they can to escape that heat.
>> isn't that good? he's a nice guy
>> i'm going to pass them over here to you. okay ready?
>> next to the laughing kookaburra .
>> oh my gosh, i'm so excited, okay
>> this is one of my favorite animals, a kookaburra and to get it to talk, we're all going to have to vibrate our lips. i'm serious, right now.
>> one, two, three
>> look at that.
>> so basically what this kookaburra is doing, it's announcing his territory to other kookaburra families.
>> do they think you're a kookaburra by making that noise?
>> i think so
>> okay. yeah.
>> kookaburra wins.
>> they can survive completely without water getting it from the food that they eat. good.
>> fantastic animal .
>> is there a crying kookaburra ?
>> i don't know. there's a song you were telling me about too. i don't know.
>> in girl scouts we sang the song.
>> how does it tendorize it's prey.
>> this is amazing, so what it does, it actually tenderizes it's prey
>> by smacking it against the ground and branches.
>> they'll get small snakes, take them up in the air and they will let them drop to tenderize them.
>> smart move
>> that's a wholesome fact, right?
>> i'm going to pass kookaburra over here
>> watch over here, this is really cool, i'm a big reptile guy
>> this is right here is a red foot tortoise
>> did the fox get loose?
>> did it get loose?
>> i think we're good
>> oh yeah, it's right here!
>> okay, that's fine, well things are going over there
>> she's okay.it's okay tinkerbell
>> it's kind of like the sahara desert , he just blends right in.
>> except it's green right here. aww, poor guy
>> this is a red foot tortise.
>> this is a red foot tortoise. so when people think of a tortoise they think desert, but this animal is actually from the northern parts of south america . tropical. so in extreme heat, it actually estibatesis, which is just like hibernation but it's in response to really, really warm temperatures.
>> how long does it estibate?
>> it depends. it can be several months and depends on the season and depends on the rainy season . beautiful animal . tropical tortoise still has to deal with the heat.
>> what's the biggest threat to its survival?
>> humans, people eat them, in central and south america , over exploitation and also for the pet trade as well. please stop eating tortoises. because they're fantatic.
>> i'm going to set it down
>> this is so cool. this is russel the wallaby from australia. and this animal has he has a fantastic way to deal with the heat, it licks it's arms and chest.
>> that's like willie geist .
>> i'm serious!
>> there's a way to beat the heat.
>> yeah, itlicks it's arms and chest.it's very good
>> how old is this guy?
>> he's a few years old. they can live up to 15 or 20 years.
>> the female wallaby is always pregnant.
>> can you imagine, wouldn't that suck?
>> it's always pregnant
>> that is awfulm in the heat?
>> oh my gosh, that's horrible.
>> they're always pregnant. it's a fantastic animal --
>> it's called embryonic diapods and that's the way that these animals have evolved
>> and grabbing the tail like that, it's okay.
>> do you want to hold it. just don't let it go natalie.
>> because we're, okay look on the table -- it's trying to eat the table. we're hiring for an animal assistant positions.