Animal Adaptation Science Video

In this one, we’ve talking all about animal adaptations – body parts and behavior.  Make sure to keep an eye out for our extra guests popping up and a couple of fun facts.

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Oh hey guys!  This is Isaac Ashby.

Today’s science video is brought to you by a pair of dirty underwear.  After all, being clean isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!

So today, today kids we are talking about adaptationsNow, an adaptation is a body part or a behavior that helps an organism to survive. Especially when conditions change.

Body Part Adaptations

So let’s go through a few examples.  Let’s start with a deer.

This is a black tailed deer and this is a black tailed deer. Eh, they’re not from the same black tailed deer. I picked them up in the woods while hiking while I was a Wildlife Biologist. Okay?

But an antler is an adaptation for a black tailed deer and many other deer and antelope and elk and ungulates in general.

An antler is used for defense and to establish a group of females to have babies with, to

reproduce.  So they use these antlers to fight off other males and the strongest male with the biggest antlers are able to have babies.  Okay?

So, that is an adaptation.  It’s a body part and it helps it survive by passing its genes onto the next generation. Which is the goal of all organisms. Supposedly. Apparently, it is what the theory is.

Okay, let’s go through another example.  The giraffe.

With this (ah, get out of here alligator) the giraffe has this great big long neck. Now why does it have a long neck?

So that it can look over the fence at the neighbors?

No, it helps – the long neck helps the giraffe survive by helping it to reach the leaves that are high up in the trees. Because where giraffes live, there are lots of other animals that eat leaves but they eat the leaves that are close to the ground.  Leaving giraffes and lots of other plant-eating animals nothing to eat.

So giraffes have this great big long neck that helps them reach up way high in the trees where nothing else can reach.

So that is another body part which is an adaptation helping it to find food and survive. Okay.

Next we have the crocodile.

The crocodile has two things I want to mention.  One, are these scales, really tough skin. Have you ever felt an alligator skin? It’s pretty tough and strong. That is to protect it against other alligators and other predators that could eat it.

Like leopards.  I saw a video one time of a leopard killing an alligator.

It was amazing! Guess it didn’t help that time right?  But, it’s supposed to help them survive attacks from another predator.

Another thing they have is jaws that lock. So they can close their jaws and they have such powerful mouths that they can close them on something and they can keep ahold of it and then they’ll take it out into the water and eat it. So that is another adaptation or body part.

With tigers, an adaptation is their coloring.  They have this nice skin and stripes that make it look like grass.  So that when they are in the tall grass and they are hunting antelope or deer or whatever they are trying to catch, they can blend in so well.

So that is another adaptation or body part that helps them to survive.

Finally, my little ponies their adaptation is being stinking cute.  Because my kids won’t throw my little ponies away.  I have little girls and they love my little ponies.  So their adaptation is just being cute so that they don’t get thrown in the garbage.  That is an adaptation.

Now those are body parts.

Behavior Adaptations

Now there are other adaptations that are behaviors.  One of those behaviors is migration.  So many birds do this.  They live in a place where – that has winters.  And that is where they nest.  For whatever reason, they nest in that place but then when it comes wintertime, it’s really cold and there is not a lot of food. And it is a terrible place to raise their young.

So what they do is they migrate.  Sometimes thousands of miles.  Which means, they leave where they are living.  They fly – some animals they don’t fly they walk, some of them take the bus.

I think greyhounds do that. Hehe.

Anyway, they go to a different place for part of the year where they can eat.

Another behavior is to hibernate.  And it is solving the same problem, helping them survive in times get really cold.

So THAT my friends, is an adaptation.  A body part (such as a neck), a behavior (such as migration) that helps an animal to survive especially when times are changing.

So I hope you enjoyed today’s video and that you come back and check out the rest of our videos.  Thank you for watching and we’ll see you next time.

Bye bye.

This video is part of Fit to Survive [Unit 11]. Jump over to the unit main page to see all lessons and activities.

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