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Animal adaptations. What is an adaptation?. Predator adaptions. What is a predator?. Why do predators need adaptiatons ?. Catching: Long legs, speed, good hearing, claws, . To help them catch, kill and eat their prey. To Kill and Eat Claws, sharp teeth, fangs etc. .

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animal adaptations
Animal adaptations

What is an adaptation?

predator adaptions
Predator adaptions

What is a predator?

why do predators need adaptiatons
Why do predators need adaptiatons?
  • Catching:

Long legs, speed, good hearing, claws,

  • To help them catch, kill and eat their prey

To Kill and Eat

  • Claws, sharp teeth, fangs etc.

The teeth of a carnivore or omnivore show you that they need more than just molars for eating their food.

prey adaptions
Prey adaptions

What is a prey?

why do prey need adaptions
Why do prey need adaptions?
  • To avoid being caught and eaten by their predators.
  • There are 5 main DEFENSE strategies:
    • 1. Mimicry
    • 2. Protective Covering
    • 3. False Coloring
    • 4. Camouflage
    • 5. Warning Colors

How is a defense different from a “normal” adaptation?

  • When an animal “copies” the coloring or sounds of another animal it is mimickingit.
protective covering
Protective covering

Protective coverings help animals avoid being eaten because they have an “armor” or unpleasant feel.

false coloring
False coloring
  • False colors on prey often confuse their predators into think it is something it is not.
warning colors
Warning colors

Since animals that are brightly colored cannon hide from predators, their bright colors say “I’m poisonous” or “ I can hurt you”


Animals that are camouflaged can blend into their surroundings and avoid being caught by predators.

how is mimicry different from camouflage
How is mimicry different from camouflage??

Mimicry is when and animal copies another organism. Camouflage is when an animal blends into its surroundings.

can animals have both predator and prey adaptations
Can animals have both “predator” and “prey” adaptations?
  • Yes!! Many animals have a mix of adaptations to help them meet their many needs.
lets play name the adaptation
Lets play name the adaptation
  • I will show you a picture and you will have 5 seconds to view that picture.
  • After the 5 seconds are up, the picture will go away and you will write down as many adaptations as you saw.
  • Let’s do an example..

Brown fur to blend in

Hoofed feet to walk on sand

“humps” to store water

bald eagle
Bald eagle

Here’s a hint…their bones are hollow