5 animals that adapted to their environment By: Daniel Felipe Gutierrez Rueda

Here are 5 outstanding Animals that adapted/took-advantage-of their bodies in very peculiar ways to survive in their new environments.

1. Camel

Camels have adapted their bodies to desert conditions in many ways. One of them is their eyelashes, their eyelashes are longer which help the sand to keep out of their eyes. Another way that they have adapted their bodies is that their nostrils are able to open and close which also keeps sand from getting into their noses, even their ears have hair in them so that sand doesn't get in. They have also learned how to store- not water- but fat in their humps. Then they can metabolize the fat and turn it in to energy.

2. Cockroaches

( you have been WARNED)

Cockroaches are very vile creatures who have evolved by time. They've adapted to living in houses, small holes, leaves, soil, trees and (as we all know from past experiences) Kitchens. First I want to talk about how they survive in homes, we humans use something that's called bug repellent, this is used to kill cockroaches and bugs, however they have matured and now only the old/big bugs die in contact of the poison. They have also evolved outside man made houses, such as in their actual habitats which are forests, burrows and caves. They defend themselves from other creatures in their habitat by producing an offensive odor or loud hissing sound.

Hissing sound ⬇️

3. Penguins

Penguins are very impresive creatures, they live in temperatures under 0 degrees and swim in temperatures that never rise above freezing point. They've had to learn how to swim, and for a bird- thats hard work! Their feet have become webbed,their bodies are streamlined to reduce drag while swimming and lastly their black wings are shaped like flippers which help them to reach up to 15 mph (24 km/ h) In Antartica, about 100% of the time it's freezing cold. For just a moment think of living in one of the coldest places in the world, your first priority is to- not freez to death, right! Well, for these animals it's the same. First, they have the advantage of having thick skin but that's not all, they huddle together with friends which helps them to warm up and the skin on their back surface absorbs heat from the sun.

4. Fennec Fox

Cutest foto of fennec fox

This must be the cutest animal on this list. For an animal like the fennec fox who lives as prey for coyotes, jackals, eagles and even humans survival isn't really easy. Their sandy coloured fur provides a splendid camouflage in the amber and saffron colour of the desert. Much like the Camel, the stunning fox can survive without drinking water for a lot of time. They can also insulate cold from desert nights with the help of their thick fur.

5. Dorcas Gazelle

A bit like the fennec fox this fascinating mammal can also camouflage with the colour of the sand. Another one of the traits that the gazelle has is being able to last almost their whole lives without drinking any water, the only thing they need is moisture from plants. Herds of gazelles spread out over large areas searching for food and in the end they do end up finding large patches of grass.

Hope you learned something

Created By
Daniel Gutierrez
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Created with images by Muffet - "Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches" • BrynJ - "Penguin close-up" • MrGuilt - "Snoozing Fennec Fox" • Marie Hale - "Dorcas gazelle"

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