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Sensitivity

Dog A bit of a joke - but senses (including your sense of smell) are very important.

Your senses let you know what is going on in the world around you. Humans have five senses: hearing, sight, smell, touch and taste. They are controlled by five sense organs: the ears, eyes, nose, skin and tongue.

The ears, eyes, nose, tongue and skin are the five sense organs.
Click on the pictures to find out more about each human sense!

Hearing Sight Smell Touch Taste

Animals rely on some senses more than others. Hunting animals, like the cheetah, need very good eyesight to find their prey. Nocturnal animals often have very large eyes to maximise the amount they see at night, but also rely heavily on their sense of hearing.

Cheetah

We understand the five human senses, but did you know that some animals can use different senses to find their way around in the world?
Read on to find out more!

Platypus The platypus has very poor eyesight.
To find food, it uses its bill to grub around in mud to find shrimp and shell fish. The platypus' bill is filled with sensitive electro-receptors that pick up electrical impulses given off by the movement of its prey.

Bats also have very poor eyesight.
Instead, they use a special sound system called sonar to find their way about in the dark. They usually have very big ears to hear the sounds around them.
Find out more about bats

Snake Snakes have amazing senses.
They actually smell with their tongues - they flick their tongues in and out to taste and smell the air around them. Some snakes can detect the heat of other animals around them. Pythons are heat-seekers that can feel slight changes in the temperature around them - allowing them to find their prey in the dark!

Can you think of other animals that have unusual senses?

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