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Adaptations of animals on desert land

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Osama Iftikhar

on 5 April 2014

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By Osama.I and Osama.H
Adaptations of animals on desert land
Adaptations are necessary to survive in the desert environment.
The big horned sheep is a diurnal animal witch means it is out at day.
Every winter its horns fall of and when they grow back on they grow even bigger.
It protects its self by taking its horns and ramming into its predators or other herds of big horned sheep.
It also keeps cool by laying in steep slopes.

Desert Adaptations of the Big Horned Sheep

Adaptations are necessary to the bobcat to survive in the desert.
A bobcat is nocturnal, which means it is active at night.
The bobcat uses camouflage and marks its territory to protect itself.
To get it food, it uses the soft pads on its feet to help it stalk its prey.
Then it grabs the prey by its claws, and it uses its sharp teeth to bite the animal’s neck.
The bobcat’s ears have hairy tufts. The bobcat acts like the hairy tufts are antennae, helping it hear the slightest sound.

Adaptations of the Bobcat

Adaptations are necessary to survive in the desert environment.
The diamondback rattlesnake lives in dry, rocky areas and behind rocks or in shrubs to keep it cool.
A diamondback has a rattle at the tip of its tail that makes a loud buzzing sound to keep predators away.
It has eyes that looks like cat’s eyes to hunt at night.
A diamondback has a brown diamond pattern on its back with a yellowish border to help it blend in with the desert environment.
He hunts at sunrise, sunset, and sometimes at night.
It has scales on its belly to help it move across the sand.

Adaptations of the Diamondback Rattlesnake

Adaptations are necessary to survive in the desert environment.
A Gila monster can keep cool because their scales retain moisture.
They also can survive days without drinking water.
Gila monsters protect themselves by having painful bites powerful venom and change colors.
They’re also very good swimmers.
Most of the time Gila monsters move very slowly, but they move very fast when they find food.
Gila monsters can live for months without eating because they store food in their tail.

Adaptations of the Gila Monster

One necessary thing in the desert are adaptations.
The hairy armadillo burrows in sand dunes and sleeps in the day.
He can hold his breath for 6 minutes under the sand.
Its armor is its sharp hair.
He protects himself with his bone covered skin.

Adaptations of a Hairy Armadillo

All animals have adaptations to help them survive the desert.
Jackals get their water from their food.
It protects itself by hiding in the rocks.
Jackals move carefully so they don’t attract attention.
They are diurnal animals which means their active in the day.
They eat when the larger animals are done.

Adaptations of a Jackal

This is how the kangaroo rat can survive in the desert because of its adaptations.
It keeps cool because it does not pant or sweat
Kangaroo rats conserve water because their bodies make their own water from the air it breathes and the food it eats.
They hop fast and have an under ground burrow to protect themselves.
My animal is nocturnal because it moves out at night.
It feeds at night.

Adaptations of the Kangaroo Rat

Adaptations are necessary to survive in the desert environment.
The oryx drinks from streams to keep cool.
It doesn’t need water for just a couple of week if it has wild melons to eat.
They try to protect themselves with their horns.
They’re diurnal because there are too many predators.

Desert Adaptations of the Oryx

Adaptation are necessary to survive in the desert environment.
The cougar doesn’t swim often but it will if they are being chased.
A cougar can climb very well when it tries to get away from predators.
A cougar has sharp teeth to catch its prey.

Adaptations of the Cougar

© A. Weinberg

Physical adaptations help an animal survive in its environment.

Physical adaptations
are body structures that allow an animal to find and consume food, defend itself, and to reproduce its species.

Remember that Physical Adaptations are body structures.

Behavioral Adaptations are animals’ actions.

Each organism has unique methods of adapting to its environment by means of different actions.

An adaptation, also called an adaptive trait, in biology is a trait with a current functional role in the life history of an organism that is maintained and evolved by means of natural selection. Adaptation refers to both the current state of being adapted and to the dynamic evolutionary process that leads to the adaptation. Adaptations contribute to the fitness and survival of individuals.
1. Adaptation is the evolutionary process whereby an organism becomes better able to live in its habitat or habitats.[15]
2. Adaptedness is the state of being adapted: the degree to which an organism is able to live and reproduce in a given set of habitats.[16]
3. An adaptive trait is an aspect of the developmental pattern of the organism which enables or enhances the probability of that organism surviving and reproducing.[17]
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