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How does the kraken get its bait?

Stuff it ate earlier. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14wWxaMR2Mg Here an orca has regurgitated a fish for use in baiting birds. I watched one do this probably at this exact spot. In my video, when ...
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Can a long retractable neck work with an exoskeleton?

If you consider the actual mechanics of what the skeleton of a turtle does during retraction, that behavior is 100% compatible with having an exoskeleton. During retraction all a turtle's neck is ...
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Can a long retractable neck work with an exoskeleton?

Yes, it is possible. In fact, some insects with retractable heads already exist on Earth. A great example that may even be similar to what you are looking for is the Photuris firefly's larva (research ...
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How would prey animals adapt to large aerial predators?

Exactly the same way they have adapted to terrestrial predators: Be large. Live in herds. Giant pterosaurs don't have a lot of lifting capacity. No realistic dragon is going to be flying off with a ...
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Is it biologically plausible for a land animal to drink saltwater and not drink freshwater?

There are already plenty of answers regarding the ability to drink salt water, but I have a good idea of why a species would evolve a need for salt water. This species evolved a biological process ...
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Can a long retractable neck work with an exoskeleton?

Does it have to be an exoskeleton, precisely? How about scales? I'm thinking of armadillos. Their scales are attached at the base and it gives the armadillo a lot of flexibility in movement while ...
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Is it biologically plausible for a land animal to drink saltwater and not drink freshwater?

This land animal evolved directly from saltwater fish. It still needs salt water, as its biochemistry and internal organs are not that different from those of the fish. It may have evolved lungs and ...
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How much would a 3 foot tall person weigh

Assuming the same proportions as a "normal" human (bad assumption, see below), weight is proportional to volume, hence to the cube of height -- that is, a creature with double the linear ...
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What would the claws, teeth, and eyes look like on my species?

They would look like raccoons. Because they basically live like raccoons. They climb trees and eat whatever they can catch, especially in the water. They would have beady all-purpose eyes like ...
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How much would a 3 foot tall person weigh

Here is Commodore Nutt https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_Nutt He was an American entertainer and showman and a contemporary of General Tom Thumb. Nutt was 29 inches tall and 25 pounds. General ...
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How does the kraken get its bait?

There is a real world animal that does this simply and efficiently as possible. The Alligator Snapping Turtle use it's tongue to imitate a wriggling pink worm that lures fish into striking distance ...
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How much would a 3 foot tall person weigh

Suppose they are similar to humans living in an earth-like environment. BMI = mass (kg)/ height2 (m) = 703 × mass (lbs)/ height2 (in) As told here: Healthy BMI range is 18.5 kg/m2 - 25 kg/m2. ...
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How can I can make the Centamocoras look plausible

I looked it up. https://www.cnet.com/science/the-decades-old-story-of-aliens-from-the-star-system-where-we-just-discovered-an-earth-like-planet/ This recounts events of a book published in 1976 about ...
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Is it biologically plausible for a land animal to drink saltwater and not drink freshwater?

Is it possible - yes. Lots of mamals that drink exclusively saltwater. Why is freshwater bad? To answer this question, we need to make the "salt" part of salt water extremely valuable. For ...
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Rideable mountain climbing mammal

I’m pretty sure what you are searching for is a Yak. They can carry heavy loads and even people and are very good in steep and uneven terrains. You see them all over the Himalaya mountains.

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