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. The teeth of a carnivore or omnivore show you that they need more than just molars for eating their food.
Prey adaptions What is a prey?
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?
Mimicry • When an animal “copies” the coloring or sounds of another animal it is mimickingit.
Protective covering Protective coverings help animals avoid being eaten because they have an “armor” or unpleasant feel.
False coloring • False colors on prey often confuse their predators into think it is something it is not.
Warning colors Since animals that are brightly colored cannon hide from predators, their bright colors say “I’m poisonous” or “ I can hurt you”
camouflage Animals that are camouflaged can blend into their surroundings and avoid being caught by predators.
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? • Yes!! Many animals have a mix of adaptations to help them meet their many needs.
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 Here’s a hint…their bones are hollow