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Animal Adaptations and Survival

by Mandy Barrow

Homework Index
Desert Animals
Desert Tortoise
Fennec Fox
Saguaro Cactus
Tropical Grassland
Arctic Conditions
Polar Bears
Small-eared zorro
Other Creatures

Arctic Conditions

How are animals living in the polar region adapted to the conditions in which they live in?

Animals of the Arctic have many adaptations to help them survive in often inhospitable climate.

Polar Bears

A polar bear lives in the cold, snowy Arctic lands. They are the largest land carnivores.

How has a polar bear adapted to its Arctic environment?

Why are polar bears white?
Their white fur helps them blend in with the snow and ice.

How does a polar bear keep warm?
A polar bear has a layer of fat under its skin which helps it stay warm. It also has a thick layer of fur.

Why does a polar bear have very wide, large paws?
The wide, large paws help a polar bear to walk in the snow.


Why does a polar bear have nostrils which it can close?
When a polar bear swims under water it closes it nostrils so no water can get in.

Polar Bears

Diagram of Adaptations

Polar Bears

Why will we not find a polar bear living in a desert?

Polar bears are adapted to suit a cold environment.

If a polar bear was adapted to live in a desert:

  • What colour would the polar bear be so it was camouflage?
  • Would it still have thick fir?
  • What would it eat?
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