How Do Animals Adapt?

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Animals inherit characteristics from their parents. These
special features and behaviors help them survive.
An Adaptation is a physical feature or behavior that helps
an animal get food, protect itself, move, or reproduce.
A trait is a physical feature.
Sometimes there are not enough resources to go around.
Animals with excellent adaptations have a better chance of
getting the resources they need.
 Feathers are an important adaptation.
 Without feathers, birds couldn’t fly, no matter how
light there bodies are.
 The shape of its beak helps a bird get food.
 See some examples of a bird’s beak.
Other animals have adaptations that help
them. Click on the picture to see the
adaptation.
 Some animals have adaptations that help them avoid being
eaten by predators. (See some examples)
 Bright colors may warn predators that the animal is
poisonous. (See some examples)
 Some animals are protected by stingers, quills, bitter
tasting flesh, or smelly sprays. (See some examples)
 Some animals have hard shells or spiny skins. (See some
examples)
 Animals have different ways of moving.
 The faster they are, the more easily they can escape
from their predators.
 Birds' wings allow them to fly away from predators that
cannot fly.
 Fins enable fish to
swim away from their
enemies.
 Other animals can run
at top speed longer
than their enemies
can.
 Instincts help animals meet their needs.
 Instincts are behaviors that are inherited.
 Ducklings, for example, are born with the instinct to
follow their mother.
 By staying close to her, they get the protection and
food they need.
 In places where winters are cold, many animals face a
shortage of food for part of the year.
 Some animals deal with this food shortage by migrating.
 Migration is traveling in search of food or a place to
reproduce.
 During the spring and summer, Canada geese live in
Canada and the upper United States and migrate as far
south as Mexico in the winter.
 Hibernation is a state of in activity that occurs in some
animals when outside temperatures are cold.
 Some hibernating animals conserve energy by slowing
down their body functions.
 They spend most of the time sleeping. They move only
occasionally to raise their body temperature or to eat.
 Other hibernating animals remain totally inactive. They get
their energy from stored body fat.
Lets see what you remember!
A
Bright colors warn predators that the animal is poisonous.
B
protected by stingers, quills, bitter tasting flesh, or smelly sprays.
C
Some animals have hard shells or spiny skins.
Click the
that applies to the animal?
A
Bright colors warn predators that the animal is poisonous.
B
protected by stingers, quills, bitter tasting flesh, or smelly sprays.
C
Some animals have hard shells or spiny skins.
Click the
that applies to the animal?
A
Bright colors warn predators that the animal is poisonous.
B
protected by stingers, quills, bitter tasting flesh, or smelly sprays.
C
Some animals have hard shells or spiny skins.
Click the
that applies to the animal?
A
Bright colors warn predators that the animal is poisonous.
B
protected by stingers, quills, bitter tasting flesh, or smelly sprays.
C
Some animals have hard shells or spiny skins.
Click the
that applies to the animal?
Adaptation
Trait
Hibernation
Fins enable fish to swim away
from their enemies.
Migration
instinct
Escaping
predators
Adaptation
Trait
Hibernation
A(n) _________ is a physical feature or
behavior that helps an animal get food,
protect itself, move, or reproduce.
Migration
instinct
Escaping
predators
Adaptation
Trait
Hibernation
_______ are behaviors that are inherited
and help an animal meet their needs.
Migration
instinct
Escaping
predators
Adaptation
Trait
Hibernation
______ is a physical feature.
Migration
instinct
Escaping
predators
Adaptation
Trait
Hibernation
____________ is traveling in search of
food or a place to reproduce.
Migration
instinct
Escaping
predators
Adaptation
Trait
Hibernation
_____________ is a state of in activity
that occurs in some animals when
outside temperatures are cold.
Migration
instinct
Escaping
predators
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