Adaptations

Behavioral, Physiological, and Anatomical

Behavioral

Imprinting

Imprinting is the process when one animal attaches to another emotionally to for either survival or learning reasons. Some animals that imprint are :

  • Pandas
  • Humans
  • Geese
  • American Coots

Migration

Migration is when animals travel long distances to protect themselves from dangers like very hot or cold weather. Animals that migrate are:

  • Gray Whales
  • Caribou
  • Bats
  • Monarch Butterflies

Hibernation

Hibernation is when an organism stays inactive and slows down its metabolism for a long period of time when sufficient food is not available. Animals that do this are:


  • Bears
  • Marmots
  • Rodents
  • Box Turtles

Mating Calls

A mating call is a sound that a creature makes to attract a mate. Some animals that do this are:

  • Birds of Paradise
  • Elk
  • Penguins
  • Camels

Physical

Flying

Having appendages that allow animals to fly help them hunt, run, travel, and more. Animals that can fly are:

  • Moths
  • Hawks
  • Bats
  • Albatross

Morphology

Morphology is when an animal has a physical appearance that allows them to either camouflage, look unique from one another, or attract a mate.

  • Army Ants
  • Peacock
  • Lynxes
  • Arctic Fox

Warning Colors

Warning Colors show predators that they do not want to eat a certain animals because it is poisonous.

  • Poison Dart Frogs
  • Skunks
  • Bumblebees
  • Banded Sea Krait

Mimicry

Mimicry is when an animal "mimics" a different animals to convince predators that they are poisonous, to get food, and more. Animals that do this are:

  • Fork-Tailed Drongo
  • Hawk Moth Caterpillar
  • Robber Fly
  • Alcon Blue Butterfly

Physiological

Shivering

Animals will use this reaction to cold weather to keep their body moving, which will keep them warm. It increases blood flow in a cooled area. Some that do this are:

  • Humans
  • Dogs
  • Rodents
  • Felines

Venom

Some creatures create poison in their bodies that they inject into prey so that they can either kill of injure them. This adaptation allows them to get food easier. A couple animals that do this are:

  • Black Widow Spider
  • Platypus
  • Portuguese Man of War
  • Black Mamba

Warm-Blooded Homeostasis

Animals with 4-chambered hearts pump their blood evenly around their bodies through blood vessels and separate their 02 rich and 02 poor blood. This allows them to keep a constant high temperature and maintain homeostasis. Organisms that do this include:

  • Humans
  • Zebras
  • Lions
  • Bears

Tolerant

Certain animals are tolerant to different environments and conditions. Because of this adaptation, they are able to live in extreme conditions. Some that can do this are:


  • Camel
  • Sequoia
  • Polar Bear
  • Flamingo