S: Animal Adaptations
FC: Animal Adaptations!
1: Ms. Ritchart's Animal Adaptations 2010-2011
2: Grizzly Bear By: Jayce Vanheel Grizzly bears live in North America and can be found in 48 states. They live in dense forests, subalpine meadows, and the arctic tundra. The grizzly bear has a really good sense of smell that helps it sniff out its prey. It also uses its sharp claws to hunt, dig, and climb. The grizzly bear can run at speeds up to 35 mph. This helps it catch its prey by running up on it. Lastly, the grizzly bear has a hump on its back that gives it strength for running and digging. All of these things help the grizzly bear to survive in its natural habitat.
3: Peacock By: Kelese Patton The peacock can be found in India. One of the adaptations of a peacock is that their tail opens up to ward off danger and to compete for mates. Another adaptation of the peacock is their beaks. The beak helps the peacock tear its food because it doesn’t have any teeth. Also their feathers have dots on them that look like eyes to scare off their predators. Last but not least, their wings help them go from place to place and fly away from their predators. These adaptations help the peacock survive in the wild.
4: Leopard By: Joe Clough Leopards live in dense brush in rocky surroundings which includes forests and rivers. They have specialized ankle bones that allow it to climb trees and then jump down them so they can attack their prey. The leopard stalks before it attacks. This helps the leopard because then the prey cannot fight back as well because the leopard will surprise them. Leopards have long tails so they have better balance so it doesn't fall off mountains and other things. These adaptations help the leopard survive in its natural habitat.
5: The Ostrich By: Josh Schuster The ostrich lives in open dry grasslands of east Africa and in the Sahara Adjacent Sahel area. It has very long legs this helps the ostrich survive by running away from predators that can run up to forty five miles per hour. The ostrich also has eyes on the side of its head. This helps it survive by seeing all three hundred and sixty degrees around it, so they can see their prey. The ostrich has camouflaged feathers. This helps the ostrich survive by hiding from prey. They also put their long neck down, which helps it conceal its body. Such adaptations help the ostrich survive in the wild.
6: Polar Bears By Destiny Auger Polar bears live on packed ice along the coast of an island. Polar bears also live off the coast of the Arctic Ocean, Greenland and Canada. A polar bear’s fur helps it blend in with its surroundings. This helps the polar bear survive so it can catch its prey without being seen. The polar bear’s fur is very thick which keeps it warm in the winter. Polar bears are nomadic that means they travel from place to place to find food. Adaptations help polar bears survive in the wild.
7: Bald Eagle By: Angel Moore The bald eagle’s habitat is close to a sea coast or other body of water, such as lakes. A bald eagle can swim. This helps the eagle get food in the middle of the lake if it’s too heavy to fly. The eagle has a large, curved orange beak, which helps tear through flesh. They have two large centers of focus. These allow the bird to see forward and to the side to get its prey better. These are some adaptations that helps the bald eagle survive.
8: Pumas By: Karissa Letourneau Pumas live in Asia and Africa. They can be found in forests near swamps and grasslands. Pumas mostly eat deer, rabbit, and birds. Pumas have four very sharp teeth in the front on the top and bottom, and strong jaws. This helps them to eat their prey. Pumas can run really fast, which helps them catch their prey. Pumas also have a really good sense of smell and can hear well. This helps them hunt for their food. Male pumas weigh between 100 and 250 pounds. Their height is seven to eight feet when they are fully grown. These adaptations help the puma survive in its natural habitat.
9: Beavers By: Hailey Luna-Weber Beavers live in North America and Canada. They are found in streams and lakes. Beavers live in family groups. Beavers hide their food in underwater tunnels so they can make use of it in the long winter periods. The beavers wide flat scaly tails help them because when swimming the beaver uses its tail to steer itself through the water. The beavers coat helps them by keeping them very warm because it has two layers of fur. Near the beavers tail there are a pair of glands where special oil is made, this oil helps them swim better. These adaptations help the beaver survive in their natural habitat.
10: The Hornet By: Harrison Grandgenett The hornet is found in dark, hallowed out tree trunks. It has a stinger for defending itself. The biggest kind of wasp has bright colors for frightening pests. The hornet has a hidden nest for hiding from predators. These features help the hornet survive in its natural habitat.
11: Lions By: Isaah West Lions live in tropical deserts. They have several adaptations that help them survive in their natural habitat. Their acute sense of smell helps them hunt for their prey. Lions have powerful hind legs that help them run fast so that they can attack their prey and run from predators. They also have good eyesight which allows them to see at night. These things all help the lion survive in the wild.
12: Tigers By: Elian Alvarado Tigers live in dense forests in the eastern regions. Scientists also have found that they live in mangrove swamps. A tiger has sharp hearing that helps it hear animals from far distances. It has forward facing eyes instead of having them on the sides of its head. This helps a tiger have binocular vision, which makes its eyes overlap so it has 3-D vision to see better. The tiger has a striped coat which helps it blend in with the sunlight peeking through to the forest floor which helps to break up its body, making it hard to see. These adaptations help the Tiger survive in its natural habitat.
13: Aardwolf By: Travis Skeen The aardwolf is an interesting animal. The aardwolf lives in the grassy dry lands of Africa. The dry landscape that the aardwolf lives in gives them the food they need. An aardwolf’s long sticky tongue helps it eat termites and other insects. Its sharp teeth also help it eat small mammals and birds. The orange and gold fur help it blend in to its surroundings. The aardwolf’s mane runs down the back of its neck. The mane helps protect the aardwolf’s neck when attacked by predators. These adaptations help the aardwolf survive in its natural habitat.
14: Porcupines By: Kaitlin Waldron Porcupines live in forests all over North America. The porcupine's quills help it stay afloat while swimming. They also have strong, curved, claws which helps the porcupine climb trees. Porcupines eat and sleep in trees. Their claws help them hold on to the trees while eating and sleeping. They also have large front teeth which helps the porcupine chew the tree bark. These are a few adaptations that help porcupines survive in their natural habitat.
15: Arctic Fox By: Lexi Bougie The arctic fox lives in the far north, in the Arctic Circle, and in Greenland and Russia. The arctic fox’s fur will change in the winter and summer. It helps them hunt their prey. The arctic fox has thick fur to survive in the freezing cold temperatures which get as cold as -50 degrees. The fox can run really fast and is well camouflaged in winter and summer which also helps them hunt their prey. Lots of the arctic foxes are nomadic they move to look for food. These help it survive in its natural habitat.
16: Emperor Penguins By Kendra Steele Emperor penguins live on Antarctica in a circumpolar distribution region. Almost every kind of penguin builds a nest out of stones or ice. Emperor penguins breed in ice cliffs and ice bergs. Emperor penguins have rubbery skin to help them swim. This helps them survive because if there is a predator they can swim very fast. It also helps them get the food they need. All types of penguins tab down hills. Tabbing is quicker and an easier method of transportation to get away from predators or down a hill. Both female and male penguins will forage for food up to 500 kilometers. This helps penguins so that they can feed their young ones so that they can survive too. The male will hold the egg in between his feet, which will keep the egg nice and warm so it does not die. These features help emperor penguins survive in the wild.
17: Giraffes By: Danielle Youngberg The giraffe`s habitat is in the African Savanna. Giraffes like living on hard, dry land. One adaptation that the giraffe has is that they can go weeks without any water. This helps the giraffe in case there is not rain for a while. Another adaptation is that the giraffe`s height helps so that they can have a sharp look out for predators. Giraffes also use their long neck for reaching leaves off of trees. The last thing is that giraffes have small horns on its head which help by protecting them in head fights. These are some adaptations seen in giraffes.
18: The Squirrel Monkey By: Amber Hansen The squirrel monkey’s habitat is a place with things to climb on like trees and vines. They live in Central American rainforests. One adaption seen in the squirrel monkey is that it has thighs that are shorter than their lower legs to help them jump fast and far. This helps them get away from predators. Another one is they have hands like humans to help them pick up their food. Last but not least, they have a tail which helps the squirrel monkey balance, this is important so that they don’t fall out of trees. These adaptations help the squirrel monkey survive in its natural habitat.
19: Nile Crocodile By: Luke Seafolk The Nile crocodile lives in Africa. It lives in murky and muddy shallow waters. The Nile crocodile has scales on its back and its snout is big. The Nile crocodile also has the ability to slow down its metabolism. The Nile crocodile is able to tear through meat with their powerful jaws. This helps them hunt their prey. A Nile crocodile has short legs but when their prey is running away they stretch their legs to run high and fast, if they couldn’t do this, their prey would get away. The Nile crocodile has two noses at the front of its snout so that when it’s swimming it can come up and breathe. When the Nile crocodile is in trouble from a predator it can float still like a log, which makes it look dead. These adaptations help the Nile crocodile survive in the wild.
20: Dolphins By Sammy Lincoln Dolphins live in warm or cold water depending on the type of dolphin. Some dolphins live in rivers but most live in the sea. The dolphin only sleeps with one half of its brain and the other half of its brain reminds the dolphin to come up for air. Some dolphins live in groups called pods they live in pods so it’s easier to hunt. They surround fish and eat them. All dolphins have echolocation. Echolocation is dolphins making a high pitch noise which bounces off other objects. When the sound waves return to the dolphin they can tell where the other object, or animal is.These adaptations help the dolphin to live in it's natural habitat.
21: Gorillas By: Damien Dobbs Gorillas mainly live in forests, but some live in mountains too. Mountain gorillas have the longest hair. This is an important adaptation to the environment they live in. Their long hair helps the gorilla survive by keeping warm. The gorilla has something called fear smell, which is a protective adaptation. This helps them survive by emitting a strong smell when the animal is under stress. The most interesting adaptation that gorillas have is that it can communicate. This helps the gorilla survive by being able to make different sounds to communicate with each other. They have sounds to warn of danger and even to express various emotions. These adaptations all help the gorilla survive in the wild.
22: Koala By: Kate Goodmanson Koalas are interesting animals. They mainly stay in the trees. They have strong arms which help them climb easily. Koalas have very thick fur that protects them from both warm and cold temperatures. In fact, it is kind of like a rain coat. They also have a lot of fur on their bottom. It is soft and acts like a cushion for when they sit on hard branches. The koala sleeps in a ball. This helps the koala stay warm when sleeping. These features help the koala survive in its natural habitat.
23: Red Eyed Tree Frog By: Madison Douglas The red eyed tree frog is an interesting animal. The red eyed tree frog lives in tropical rainforest regions of Costa Rica, Columbia and Panama. Red eyed tree frogs also live in Southern Mexico, Central America, and by streams, rivers, and ponds. They sleep most of the day. The frog is green on top so it is camouflaged to its surroundings. When the red eyed tree frog is disturbed while sleeping, it shows its bulging eyes to scare predators long enough to jump away. The red eyed tree frog can change colors from dark green to a reddish brown color. This allows it to become camouflaged, which protects it. These frogs can also sense predators that may be near through vibration. Tree frogs also have a chemical in their skin to protect them from bacteria and viruses. All of these adaptations help the red eyed tree frog survive in its natural habitat.
24: The Prairie Dog By: Isaiah Kram The prairie dog lives in prairies or open grasslands. Their front paws have long claws for digging tunnels to hide from predators. They eat a lot to store up fat for winter. Prairie dogs don’t need to drink water because they get all the water they need from leaves that they eat. This helps prairie dogs survive in dryer climates. They have strong hind legs so they can stand straight up which helps them stand guard against harm or predators. These adaptations help the prairie dog survive in its natural habitat.
25: Chameleons By: Alex Ledahl Chameleons live in the Amazon and throughout Africa. A chameleon sheds its skin if it gets too big. Their skin also helps them breathe. Chameleons have very sticky tongues to catch insects, which is their food source. Chameleons have magnified vision to help them see and catch small insects. They also have fingernails and toenails that help them grip onto tree branches so that they don’t fall. These adaptations help chameleons survive in their natural habitats.
26: Deep Sea Angler Fish By: Justin Parent The deep sea angler fish lives in the lightless bottom of the ocean. It has a lure on its head that attracts bioluminescent bacteria that light the lure up. This helps the deep sea angler fish by lighting its way and attracting its prey. The lure lets out a blue light but the deep sea angler fish has reflective skin that reflects the light so that other fish can’t see the angler fish. Finally the deep sea angler fish has an expandable jaw and stomach that allow it to eat much larger prey because the angler fish is actually quite small. These are some of the adaptations of the deep sea angler fish.
27: The Great White Shark By Kalvyn Dowell Great white sharks live in Asia, North America and Australia. The great white is twenty feet long, or about six meters. The great white shark never runs out teeth. A normal great white has more than 20,000 teeth. All of these teeth help the great white catch its prey. Sharks have super senses that can detect any prey from miles away. This also helps it catch its prey. The great white shark has a very powerful jaw, which helps to catch and eat other fish, such as seals and whales. These features help the great white shark survive in the ocean.