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 WHY DO PREY NEED ADAPTIONS? How is a defense different from a “normal” adaptation?
When an animal “copies” the coloring or sounds of another animal it is mimicking it. MIMICRY
PROTECTIVE COVERING Protective coverings help animals avoid being eaten because they have an “armor” or unpleasant feel.
False colors on prey often confuse their predators into think it is something it is not. FALSE COLORING
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.
Mimicry is when and animal copies another organism. Camouflage is when an animal blends into its surroundings. HOW IS MIMICRY DIFFERENT FROM CAMOUFLAGE??
Yes!! Many animals have a mix of adaptations to help them meet their many needs. CAN ANIMALS HAVE BOTH “PREDATOR” AND “PREY” ADAPTATIONS?
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.. LETS PLAY NAME THE ADAPTATION Brown fur to blend in Hoofed feet to walk on sand “humps” to store water