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10 Planet-Helping Animals

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10 Planet-Helping Animals

By Animal Planet

Every animal plays a special role in the web of life, but these 10 go above and beyond with their planet-saving activities.

10. Ball Python

This snake gets its namesake as a result of its tendency to coil into a tight ball if threatened, with its heads protected in the center of the coil. Commonly found in Africa, the species is also sometimes referred to as the royal python due to the belief that African rulers once adorned themselves with these snakes, like jewelry. Similar to a boa, most pythons take down their prey via constriction with a taste preference for shrews, mice and rats, which helps rein in overpopulation and its adverse effects on the environment.

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10:09PM PDT on May 27, 2011

Great animal help, thanks!

10:16AM PDT on May 7, 2011

The humans should be helping nature not destroying it.

5:39AM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

interesting, thanks

9:48AM PDT on Apr 26, 2011

I need some dung beetles to help me clean up after my rescue dogs. I love African Greys and foxes and this is a wonderful group of animals all keeping the world in balance. it is the humans who are messing it all up. Thank you for this.

4:34AM PDT on Apr 25, 2011

Cool, animals rock (of course)!

2:21PM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

Nature has always known how to do it right. We just need to learn how to look and listen.

7:53AM PDT on Apr 23, 2011

Love learning something new. Thanks!

7:59PM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

thanks for the amazing article.

11:47AM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

Wonderful article. rerinfordes my idea that every animal has it's place on earth

11:52PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

thanks for sharing

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