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"Termites Versus Tongues", sometimes styled as "Termites Vs. Tongues", is the fourth episode of the second season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on October 18, 2012. Overall, it is the 44th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Chris Kratt. On June 10, 2014, "Termites Versus Tongues" was first released on DVD as part of Wild Kratts: Tiny Trouble.
In this episode, while the Kratt brothers and Jimmy are collecting smells of the African savanna, Koki and Aviva accidentally get miniaturized and carried off by termites. The Kratt brothers find out, and they begin a search for them by finding termite and termite predators and being termite and termite predators.
The episode begins with a live-action segment. The Kratt brothers find a termite mound in the African savanna and take a close look at the termites inside. Afterward, they ask their "What if?" question, and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
The Kratt brothers and Jimmy are collecting smells on the African savanna for Aviva so she can build a smell detector. Meanwhile, at the Tortuga, Aviva and Koki are moving a container containing a grass smell solution, when Koki slips on a piece of pizza, and the container spills its contents. Aviva kicks the container away and accidentally activates the Miniaturizer, miniaturizing herself and Koki. They find a termite and Aviva puts her hand on it, thinking it's cute. However, it takes Aviva away and another one enters the takes Koki away and take them out of the Tortuga and into the savanna. After the Kratt brothers return and find out what happened to them, they make a plan: Chris searches for termites and as a termite, while Martin searches for termite predators and as a termite predator.
Chris begins his search after activating his Termite Creature Power Suit by touching a termite. He picks up a termite pheromone and follows the termites. Martin finds an aardwolf slurping up these termites crawling on the ground. Chris subsequently picks up a termite warning pheromone, and afterward, he and a band of soldier termites attack the aardwolf. After the fight is over, Chris and Martin return to searching for Koki and Aviva: Chris follows the termites to their nest while Martin continues his search for a termite predator to activate his Creature Power Suit.
Martin activates Bat-eared Fox Powers after attracting a bat-eared fox; he uses his keen ears to listen to termites crawling on the ground. Chris enters an underground termite nest. Martin digs into this nest after hearing "Koki and Aviva". He exclaims, "Yes, fox-Martin to the rescue!", but not before realizing that he grabbed Chris. Afterward, they continue their search: Chris materializes wings and flies off to find a termite mound while Martin continues his search on the ground.
Chris enters a termite mound from the very top after suspecting that Aviva and Koki are in the mound when a termite places Aviva's shoe outside. He is worried because he hopes that he is not too late. He follows their calls for "help" and enters the queen termite room, and Chris is worried that he is too late because he finds a queen termite and thinks it ate Aviva and Koki. However, Aviva shows up and Chris finds out that they are actually fine. It turns out Aviva and Koki were just counting termite eggs. Suddenly, Chris picks up a termite warning pheromone, and a long, sticky tongue makes several insertions into the mound and catches termites within its stickiness. Chris calls Martin and tells him to help them. Chris tells him that they're getting attacked by a tongue. Martin asks Chris which tongue it is and guesses that it's an aardwolf's tongue. Chris says it's skinnier than that. Martin guesses that it's a bat-eared fox's tongue. Chris says it's much longer than that. Martin guesses a honey badger's tongue. Koki says that it's much longer and Aviva says it's stickier. Chris tells Martin it's the tongue of all tongues and decides the send their coordinates to Martin. Before Chris can do so, the tongue also gets Chris's Creature Pod, causing the communications to be lost. Martin decides to find out himself. The tongue that is super long, super skinny, and super sticky would belong to an aardvark. Martin firmly concludes that the tongue is an aardvark tongue and runs off the search for the aardvark. He activates the Aardvark Powers.
Meanwhile, Koki gets pulled away by that tongue and Aviva successfully saves her by pulling her and then they crash. However, Aviva, Koki, and Chris get pulled away by another tongue and this time they are unable to get off. Chris continues the jaw and chemical defenses against the tongue. Koki says that it was nice knowing them. Aviva and Koki say goodbye to each other, believing they're going to end up as food for a termite-eater, which they never thought was going to happen. However, thankfully, they don't because it turns out that Martin was the one who took them out. Martin finds out that the jaw and chemical defenses are continuing. Chris stops what he is doing and tells Martin he is glad that Martin saved them. Martin tells the three that the aardvark was the one who found them first and explains that they're in the middle of lunch. Koki requests Chris and Martin to get her and Aviva off, because they're ready to be human-sized again. In the end, the Wild Kratts summarize their adventure, while Aviva and Koki return to normal size, and Aviva gets new smells.
The show transitions into the ending live action segment. At night, the Kratt brothers watch worker termites adding to their mound and termite predators eating termites. Afterward, the Kratt brothers conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"
Note: Featured animals are in bold.
- Aardvark: Slurpy
- Warlike Termite (called Macrotermes termite): Big Mamma T
- Bat-eared Fox
- Mozambique Harvester Termite (called Termite)
- Warthog: Warty
- Honey Badger
Note: Mentioned animals are linked to Wikipedia.
Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.
- African leopard (called Leopard)
- Mozambique rain frog
- Camel spider (called Spider)
- Assassin bug
- This episode shows us that Koki knows karate.
- Aviva and Koki almost reached their end of their lives when they got attacked by a tongue.
Key Facts and Creature Moments
- Termite predators use digging claws, excellent hearing, and their tongues to find and eat termites.
- Termites defend against predators with the help of a strong bite, large numbers, and chemicals like pheromones and terpenes.