Podcast: Steam blasting beetles and other animals with chemical superpowers


Hello Earth Rangers! Today Emma will reveal some of the tricks of the mischievous gray squirrels and how they and other animal prepare for the winter. Then she will continue to explore the secrets and wonders of chemistry in ‘Emma’s Chemistry Corner’, and listen to a brand new animal encounter story!

Click the play button on the player below to listen to today’s episode!

A gray squirrel in action, looking for a place to hide his precious stash of nuts without anyone else seeing… Find out about its sneaky tricks in today’s episode.

In today’s Emma’s Chemistry Corner – Emma talks about biology, the connection between mosquitoes and elephants, and why we really need to know chemistry to truly understand the living world. She’ll also introduce some really cool animals that took chemistry to the next level like these:

Next time we’ll do a real science experiment that you can follow along with at home. Here is what you’ll need:

  • a coffee filter
  • scissors
  • rubbing alcohol (or nail polish)
  • a pen or a pencil
  • a bowl with hot water
  • different type of leaves (spinach or lettuce work really well, but any type of leaf is OK)
  • a jar (If you want to compare between different leaves you’ll need a few jars, one for each type of leaf)
  • help from a parent

Great news! The animal encounter stories contest is back!
Send us your new animal encounter stories before December 15th to get entered for a chance to win an Earth Rangers prize pack – containing a water bottle, a surprise plushie and a limited edition button set.

What is your favourite season? How do you prepare for the winter? What chemical superpowers you wish you had?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss an episode! Don’t forget to send your own animal story to enter our brand new contest!!


  1. I like your story’s because you make it so fun. I was thinking about if you would like you could make a video about tigers because I would like to know some things about tigers. To Emma. From Ranger Danielle

  2. I’ve been waiting for the podcast to come out. I’ve been waiting for a couple of weeks! I didn’t know chemistry was so important. I always thought it was interesting, but too hard to learn. I already sent in my animal encounter story. It is about my physical therapy horse, well, she was my physical therapy horse. But she got sick and died. She was an awesome horse and best friend to me!