Animal Adaptations. By: Emily Buhler. The 6 Adaptations. Structural Adaptations Behavioural Adaptations Migration Mimicry Hibernation. Structural adaptation.
By: Emily Buhler
A Structural adaptation is a physical feature on an animals bodythat helps them survive where they live. A fish is a good example. They have gills to breathe underwater, and they have scales so that if they rub up against something sharp, it won’t hurt their skin.
A behavioural adaptation is when the animal watches their parents or their surroundings to learn what to do to survive. A baby chick or a baby bird for example, the first living thing that they see they think that it is their mother. And then they copy everything that it does so that when they leave the nest they know how to fly, and find food.
Many birds migrate, such as water fowl (geese, ducks, etc..) and song birds. Migrating is when a bird or a butterfly makes a very long journey. And most of the time it is to a place much warmer, like Mexico, or southern States. And they stay there while it is cold here, because it is warmer, and there is better food. But then when it gets warmer here, they make the long journey back here.
Mimicry is when an animal copies another’s appearance because it is more dangerous than itself. Like there is a butterfly that when it open’s it’s wings to fly, it’s wings looks like an owl, because it knows that the owl is more dangerous than itself. And it’s enemies will mistake it for an owl and stay away from it.
Hibernation is when an animal goes into a really deep sleep. So deep that their internal body temperature goes down, their heart rate slows down, along with their breathing. And some animals like bears that hibernate eat a lot through the fall and store the food as fat for energy through the winter.
Camouflage is when an animal is the same color as it’s surroundings. Like a rabbit, through the spring, summer, and the beginning of fall it is brown to blend into the underbrush. But through the end of fall it begins to turn white so that it will blend into to snow of winter.