California Academy of Sciences: Science @ Home - Alligator Bodyguards

Working together can make a difference. This brief article highlights a helpful relationship between two unlikely swamp animals.

While you read this article, think about the three questions below. Share your answers with a friend or family member or just think in your head.

  1. How do wading birds benefit from living near alligators?
  2. How do alligators benefit from living near wading birds?
  3. Can you think of other mutualistic relationships between living things? (Mutualistic relationships are those that benefit both of the living things involved.)

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