February 15, 2018
Trial by Nature Tip #9 – Tips to Survival in the Courtroom
By Tricia Derr

A study conducted by a postdoctoral student at Brown University documented acceleration of the chameleon tongue at speeds of 0 to 60mph in 1/100th of a second. The chameleon expends tremendous energy to strike. The tongue is nearly as long […]

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February 10, 2018
Trial by Nature Tip #8 – Tips to Survival in the Courtroom
By Tricia Derr

Hognose snakes cannot be beat at “playing possum.” This reptile is so theatrical, it will literally stage its own murder by spewing blood and smelly fluid from its mouth and anus while writhing in feigned painful last breaths. Apparently, its […]

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January 23, 2018
Trial by Nature #7 – Tips to Survival in the Courtroom
By Tricia Derr

Camouflage is an art as much as it is a form of survival in the wild. It is a skill equally utilized by predator and prey. The octopus is a master manipulator of camouflage. It can change color and texture […]

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October 7, 2017
Trial by Nature #6 – Tips to Survival in the Courtroom
By Tricia Derr

Dingoes are dogs with serious organizational talent. These K-9s employ strategic teamwork to catch prey. In one hunting technique, some of the dogs to serve as “chasers.” The chasers are selected by the pack in advance and are the smaller, […]

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July 13, 2017
Trial by Nature #5 – Tips to Survival in the Courtroom
By Tricia Derr

Humpback whales circle schools of krill, blowing giant bubbles deep under the ocean. The whales know the krill will not swim through bubbles. The “bubble wall” conveniently cages the krill and the whales expend minimal energy for their meal. Like […]

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May 22, 2017
Trial by Nature #4 – Tips to Survival in the Courtroom
By Tricia Derr

Green herons have been observed collecting and saving “bait” such as small scraps of bread. Rather than eating the bread themselves, the heron sprinkles the bread into the water to attract fish. They wait patiently while the fish assemble to […]

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