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WHAT ARE ADAPTATIONS? An adaptation is What are some adaptations you can think of? a body part (physical characteristic) or behavior that helps an organism survive in its environment.
How is it that animals are able to survive in the wild? It is the ADAPTATIONS that animals have that help them to survive!
Think about the way you dress in the winter. You don’t wear a bathing suit when it’s snowing outside! You wear warm clothes, and maybe even a hat and gloves to protect yourself from the weather.
Please write this down on your sheet: A basic need for any animal is ability to get energy from food and survive long enough to reproduce.
Who has adaptations?? Herbivores: Eat only plants Carnivores: Eat only meat Omnivores: Eat plants and meat ALL ORGANISMS have adaptations! Organisms that are NOT ADAPTED to an environment will die out!
We can divide adaptations into two categories: Physical AND Behavioral ADAPTATIONS
Physical adaptations are body structures that allow an animal to find and eat food, defend itself/hide itself, and to reproduce its species. Physical adaptations help an animal survive in its environment. Hey! I’m a walking stick. I look just like a stick you’d find on the ground.
Physical adaptation EXAMPLE A. Camouflage: Change in color to match surroundings
B. Mimicry : Looking or sounding like another organism (this fools predators into thinking it is another living organism that is poisonous or dangerous!) The Viceroy butterfly uses mimicry to look like the Monarch butterfly. Can you tell them apart? Poisonous Not poisonous Physical adaptation EXAMPLE I’m the Monarch! I’m the Viceroy!
2. Behavioral Adaptations are animals’ ACTIONS. ***Remember that Physical Adaptations are body structures.
We can divide Behavioral Adaptations into two groups: Instinctive These behaviors happen naturally & don’t have to be learned. Learned These behaviors must be taught. Physical AND Behavioral ADAPTATIONS
Instinctive behaviors happen naturally & don’t need to be learned = EXAMPLES?:
Examples of Instinctive Adaptations: Migration, Hibernation