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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. Termites clutch the two 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 follows their calls for "help" and enters the queen termite room, where Aviva and Koki are 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. After receiving a call for help from Chris, Martin firmly concludes that the tongue is an aardvark tongue and runs off the search for the aardvark. He takes Aviva, Koki, and Chris out of the mound (using the tongue of his Aardvark Creature Power Suit). In the end, the Wild Kratts summarize their adventure, 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
- War-like Termite (called Macrotermes termite): Big Mamma T
- Warthog: Warty
- Bat-eared Fox
- Mozambique Harvester Termite (called Termite)
- 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.
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.