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Animal Adaptations

Adaptations for birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, and reptiles

Iris Atchison

on 9 March 2011

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Transcript of Animal Adaptations

Animal Adaptations A body part, body covering,
or behavior that helps an
animal survive in its environment. Webbed feet help animals propel themselves through the water with ease. This can help the animal swim faster to catch prey or escape a predator. Sharp claws can be used for many different purposes. Herbivores use their sharp claws for digging berries, roots, and herbs or burrowing for shelter. Animals that eat meat use claws for killing their prey or tearing meat from their kills. Claws can be used to increase traction to run faster. Sharp claws can also help an animal defend itself. Whiskers around the mouth area help an animal feel its way through thight spots. Sharp teeth are mainly used by carnivores and omnivores to tear and chew their prey. Sharp teeth may also help an animal defend itself. Beaks are used to help an animals eat. The type of beak can help identify the type of food the animal will eat. Wings are a highly visible adaptation of many animals. The primary function of the wings is flight. Hooves are another body part that are important to many large animals. The hooves help animals climb in a rocky environment. The hooves also protect the feet and provide greater mobility than unprotected feet. Body Parts Body Coverings Spotted or striped fur is a special adaptation called camouflage. These fur patterns help animals blend into their environment. Brightly colored feathers can serve several purposes, including camouflage, defense, and mating. Scales mainly protect animals from the environment and predators. http://www.zoosociety.org/pdf/GuidedTours/AnimalAdap.pdf Behaviors Migration is the traveling of long distances in search of a new habitat with food and/or better climate. Hibernation is a state of inactivity
in animals, characterized by lower
body temperature, slower breathing,
and lower metabolic rate. Laying Eggs Burrowing Nest Building Taking care of young. Regeneration: Some
animals have the ability
to regrow body parts that
are lost. Nocturnal animals hunt only at night;
Diurnal animals hunt during the day. Mimicry is the when one
animal looks a lot like
something else. It helps them
escape their enemies. Ears
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