Team 7-3 Omaha Zoo Trip

Maddie Jacobson
May 1, 2014

The African Cichlid has eyes on the side of their head to see things around it.

Common Name: Cichlid                                            Scientific Name: Cichlidae

Biome: Fresh or brackish water                     Home Range/Habitat: African Great Lakes

Fish Adaptations                                                      Cichlid Adaptations        

1) fins                                                                                1) very colorful

2) breath with gills                                                       2) has a anal fin

3) ectothermic                                                                3) has one long dorsal fin

4) endoskeleton                                                             4) small mouth for small prey and plants

5) most have scales                                                       5) eyes on the side of the head

Golden Frogs have toxins in their skin so that other animals won't eat it.

Common Name: Panamanian Golden Frog              Scientific Name: Atelopus zeteki

Biome: Tropical cloud forests        Home Range/Habitat: Western to central Panama

Amphibian Adaptations                               Panamanian Golden Frog Adaptations

1) smooth skin                                                                   1) skin contains toxins

2) breath with lungs                                                        2) use coloration as a warning

3) lay eggs in water or damp places                             3) use hand signals to communicate

4) go through metamorphosis                                       4) instead of hopping, this frog walks

5) tongue is attached to the front of the mouth         5) diurnal, active during the day

This tortoise has a hard shell to protect him from predators.

Common Name: The Red-footed Tortoise  Scientific Name: Chelonoidis carbonaria

Biome: Dry forests                             Home Range/Habitat: Southern Central America

Reptile Adaptations                                              Red-footed Tortoise Adaptations

1) dry scaly skin                                                             1) varying degrees of coloration

2) ectothermic                                                               2) hard shell to protect him

3) breathe with lungs                                                   3) fight other males to get to the females

4) lay eggs                                                                       4) has a beak-like mouth to eat

5) endoskeleton                                                             5) use their dark colors to camouflage  

These bright feathers help them blend in with trees and fruit.

Common Name: Scarlet Macaw (Endangered)         Scientific Name: Ara macao

Biome: Rain-forests            Home Range/Habitat: South America & Southern Mexico

Bird Adaptations                                                  Scarlet Macaw Adaptations

1) have bills or beaks                                                1) strong curved beak to crack hard shells

2) wings                                                                       2) use their feet like hands

3) feathers                                                                   3) have large wing span to fly fast

4) lay hard shell eggs                                                4) use their bright feathers for camouflage

5) endothermic                                                           5) use different noises to communicate

Polar bears use their white fur to blend in with the snow to hunt.

Common Name: Polar Bear (Native to NA)            Scientific Name: Ursus maritimus

Biome: Frozen Tundras                               Home Range/Habitat: Alaska & Antarctica

Mammal Adaptations           Polar Bear Adaptations

1) breath with lungs                    1) have white fur to blend into the snow

2) endothermic                            2) small round ears to block out the freezing water

3) endoskeleton                            3) hollow fur to help them be buoyant

4) most are born alive                 4) have big paws to use like snow shoes to not sink

5) have four legs                           5) stiff hair between pads of bear's feet so they don't freeze

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