Designer Animal Project
Eduardo Marcos, Sunny Singh, and Austin Rath
The size of this animal has remained the same throughout its evolution, about three fifths of meter long. The digging snake eats species of lizards and mice which live in its environment. Its orange like skin allows the snake to blend in with the sand so it can sneak up on its prey. Being in an environment which is extremely hot, the digging snake burrows itself into the ground with its pointed head to keep cool. It also uses this burrowing method to take shelter. This snake is extremely tough. It uses the pointed tail, which it evolved throughout time to defend itself and from attackers/predators. Also, the mother digging snake keeps its young in a burrow underground and raises them there until they are mature enough to survive on their own.
This cactus uses the sun and water to carry out photosynthesis for food. It obtains water through the long and powerful roots which it possesses. The spikes which it has are what help keep the cactus cool because they help save water. This cactus protects itself from attackers through two methods. The first is the spikes which all cactuses have. However, many animals have evolved and developed rough mouths which can tear cactuses apart. So, the storage cactus releases a chemical which gives off a nasty scent to attackers and deters it away. It's offspring are already equipped with these two traits so they can protect themselves.
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