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Animal Adaptations and Survival

by Mandy Barrow

 
Homework Index
Introduction
Desert Animals
Camels
Desert Tortoise
Fennec Fox
Saguaro Cactus
Tropical Grassland
Giraffes
Lions
Lizards
Arctic Conditions
Penguins
Polar Bears
Dolphins
Frogs
Snakes
Small-eared zorro
Other Creatures

How can animals live in such different places in the world?

Animals and plants are adapted to the conditions of the habitats in which they live.

Animals live everywhere on Earth. Some places on Earth are very hot and some are very cold. Some places on Earth have a lot of water and plants, and other places have very little water and few plants. Antarctica is covered with snow and ice and has no plants. It is very cold there, too. Guess what? Animals even live in Antarctica!

Animals can live in many different places in the world because they have special adaptations to the area they live in. An adaptation is a way an animal's body helps it survive, or live, in its environment. Camels have learned to adapt (or change) so that they can survive.

Animals depend on their physical features to help them obtain food, keep safe, build homes, withstand weather, and attract mates. These physical features are called called physical adaptations. They makes it possible for the animal to live in a particular place and in a particular way. Each adaptation has been produced by evolution. This means that the adaptations have developed over many generations. The shape of a bird's beak, the number of fingers, colour of the fur, the thickness or thinness of the fur, the shape of the nose or ears are all examples of physical adaptations which help different animals to survive.

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