Animal Adaptations KEYS TO SURVIVAL! A Showcase of Adaptation Examples Katydid False Eyes This insect has two false eyes that act to scare away predators. As a predator is approaching, the katydid opens its wings to reveal the eyes. The predator may believe that that is the eyes of one of its own predators and will avoid them. 2013 Science Teacher Pro Atlas Moth This moth uses a form of mimicry to protect itself from predators. In this case the wings open up to reveal a pattern that is similar to snake skin. In nature, many organisms are afraid of snakes so this pattern may make the predator turn right back around. 2013 Science Teacher Pro Deilephila Moth This moth hides among similarly colored plants by day and does not fly until well after dark. The moth will travel to species of plants that have the red and orange color of its body. 2013 Science Teacher Pro Flatfish Flatfish can flatten their bodies and lay on the bottom of the sea floor waiting to snatch at passing prey. Some species can even rotate their other eye so that both are looking up! 2013 Science Teacher Pro Butterfly Fish Butterfly fish have a false eye on both sides of its body. This feature serves two purposes. 1. To make predators think that it is a larger fish with such a large eye. 2. The false eye is located on the very back of the prey. If it is attacked it may get away if the predator attacks what it thinks is the head. Also notice that it’s real eyes are concealed by a black stripe down its face. Eye Stripe 2013 Science Teacher Pro False Eye Iguana Can you see him? Many of its prey can not. This lizard uses camouflage to blend into the surroundings while 2013 Science Teacher Pro hunting his prey. Kill Deer Eggs Kill Deer lay their eggs directly on gravel and their eggs look like gravel to as a type of camouflage. There is another important adaptation. If anything gets close to the young the mother will appear injured by dragging their wing across the ground and limping. Predators will think it’s injured and follow it but the bird stays just one limping step in front of them…the entire time they are leading the predator AWAY from their young. they arePro far enough 2013Once Science Teacher away the faking bird will fly away. Leaf Insect Small insects like this one are often a favorite food for many animals. This insect protects itself by mimicking a green leaf. You can even see the fake leave veins on its body. This insect eats other smaller insects but the disguise is strictly defensive…protecting it from predators. 2013 Science Teacher Pro Thank You! Thank you for reviewing this product. This product is a sample of a 38 page Animal Adaptations Showcase Presentation This presentation is also part of a larger unit on Adaptations & Survival that can be found at the following store: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Science-Teacher-Pro If you liked this product, please check out our other products for sale to help make your professional life simple and stress free. Examples include: Graphing Activity Cards, Constructed Response Question Cards, Science Literacy News Cards, Forensic Science Integration, and more.