Aaron Johnson
Team 7.3 Omaha Zoo Trip

May 1st, 2014

Adventure Through The Zoo

A California Sheephead searches the bottom for food to test its teeth on.

Common Name: California Sheephead   Scientific Name: Semicossyphus pulcher

Biome: Marine/Salt Water                 Habitat: E. Pacific, California(Native to North America)

Fish Adaptions:                                Species Adaptions:

1.)Breathe with gills                           1.)Have protruding teeth to eat hard-shelled animals

2.)Some have scales                         2.)Can change sexes

3.)Use fins to swim                            3.)They cover themselves with a protective covering

4.)Ectothermic                                       of mucus when dormant

5.)Lateral line                                    4.)A pharyngeal plate in the throat crushes skeletal

                                                           materials so the tissue of animals can be separated

                                                        5.)Communicate with visual cues and displays


The Panamanian Golden Frog shows off its warning colors.

Common Name: Panamanian Golden Frog        Scientific Name: Atelopus zeteki

Biome: Cloud Forest (Rain Forest)                 Habitat: Tropical Mountain Streams

Amphibian Adaptions                                       Species Adaptions

1.)Moist skin                                                   1.)Communicates with a form of semaphore

2.)Most have legs for movement                        2.)Can locate the origin of a sound

3.)Sensory organs on top of head                     3.)Has extremely poisonous skin

4.)Well developed senses                                 4.)Has bright coloring to ward off predators

5.)Can absorb oxygen through their skin            5.)Wraps eggs around a rock so they don't                                                                            float downstream


The Gila Monster's scales protect it from drying out in the hot sun.

Common Name: Gila Monster            Scientific Name: Heloderma suspectum

Biome: Desert                                 Habitat: U.S. Southwestern desert

Reptile Adaptions                                        Species Adaptions

1.)Have dry, scaly skin                                1.)Extremely accurate sense of smell

2.)Ectotherms                                             2.)Special coloration

3.)Have strong legs for movement                 3.)Has a poisonous bite

4.)Lays amniotic eggs                                  4.)Lay their eggs in shallow nests so they can

5.)Non-hollow bones                                        be incubated by the sun

                                                                  5.)Live in burrows buried under the ground

The Salvadori's weaver, or the Juba weaver uses its conical beak for weaving.

Common Name: Salvadori's weaver               Scientific Name: Ploceus dichrocephalus

Biome: Desert/Shrubland                            Habitat: Shrublands of Ethiopia, Kenya, and                                                                                  Somalia

Bird Adaptions                                                   Species Adaptions

1.)Feathers                                                       1.)Weave nests

2.)Beak                                                            2.)Have strong, conical beaks for weaving

3.)Hollow bones                                                 3.)Build their nests together for protection

4.)Wings                                                           4.)Making multiple nests while not filling

5.)Air sacs                                                            most with food discourages predators                                                                               looking for food.                                                                                                          5.)Long toes also help with weaving

Black fur covering its body helps keep the Macaque's body insulated.

Common Name: Sulawesi Black Crested Macaque  Scientific Name: Macaca nigra

                               (Endangered Species)

Biome: Rainforest                Habitat: Rainforests of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi

Mammal Adaptions                                     Species Adaptions

1.)Have fur                                                1.)Have cheek pouches to store food

2.)Endothermic                                          2.)Have wide range of calls to communicate

3.)Have mammary glands                           3.)Are very good climbers                      

4.)Have a four-chambered heart                 4.)Can communicate by raising their hair tufts

5.)Can live almost anywhere                       5.)Have enlarged canine teeth        

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