A Vertebrae Adventure- Omaha Zoo Trip 7-3

Faith VanSchaick

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium

African Moony - FISH

The African Moony has two large fins. One at the top and one at the bottom.

The African Moony Fish has two large fins. One at the top and another one at the bottom. These fins help the fish move faster, yet smoother way.

Scientific Name: Monodactylus icoasts

Biome: Estuaries, mongroves, and coasts

Home Range: Eastern Atlantic, Canary Islands

Habitat: Water, water, water, oh and surface of water. CAN NOT LIVE IN SALT WATER!


Fish Adaptations                                                           Species Adaptations

1.  Air bladder lets it float and swim               1.It's interesting shape helps move                       2. Scales that help protect                                     more easily and more smoothly                                 the fish body                                            2.Gills that help it breathe                                    3. The fins and tails on a fish help               3. Has bigger fins on the top and bottom           it move and swim.                                          4.Can be in degrees up to 70-90                            4. Lateral lines detect movement                  5. Lives in schools                                                    5. Nictating membranes                   

The Mountain Yellow Legged Frog has camouflage colors so it can blend.

Scientific Name: Rana mucosa

Biome: Rocks, water, swamps, lakes

Home Range:Southern California, Rain forests around the world.

Habitat: Southern California and High Sierra Mountains.


Amphibian Adaptations                                                  Species Adaptations

1.Frogs have long legs to jump.                                      1. Has skin that adapts to weather                                                                                                                                                                                2.They use their throat to                                              2.Can Detect things moving.                      talk and call.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           3.The Yellow Legged frog can move fast.  3.Their eyes are on top of their head,                         4.Has LONG toes                                            more aware of surroundings.                             4.Can jump really really far                          4.The tongue is longer so they                                5. Can change color                                      can catch prey.

5. Is very hard to see where it lives.                                                                 

Desert Tortoises love the heat so they often just sit in the sun.

Desert Tortoises love the heat so they often just rest in the sun.

Scientific Name: Gopherus agassizii

Biome: Sand, dry lands, sometimes shady areas

Home Range: Western Mojave desert, Nevada, California, Arizona,


Habitat: Deserts, usually sitting on rocks, in the SUN.


Reptile Adaptations                                                             Species Adaptations

1. Thermoregulation.                                                         1. Skin adapts to high heat.                   2.Have longer legs so they absorb                                2.Has claws to dig and kill prey             less heat while running.                                                    3.Bladder, holds 40% body weight       3.Can burrow into the ground                                     4. Habitat can get up to 140 degrees    to get cool.                                                                   5. Huge shell protects                            4.Scales                                                                                                                                                          5. Carapace for protection   

This is a Blue Bellied Roller. This is a baby, most adults have strong wing

Scientific Name: Coracias cyanogaster

Biome: wooded areas, trees, rocks, rivers

Home Range: Savannas, Central Africa

Habitat: Wooded areas in Savannas

Bird Adaptations                                                                 Species Adaptations

1.Feathers                                                                              1. Small beak to get food

2.Beaks, bills                                                                        2. Small so its harder to get

3. Wings                                                                               3. Can fly just right above ground

4.Well developed brains                                                  4. Captures prey fast

5.Light weighted                                                              5. Happen to be really great flyers.                                                  

This is a White Bengal Tiger. They often pace in a circle. Its just their nature

Scientific Name: Panthera tigris tigris     ENDANGERED

Biome: Forests, woody areas, has to live near water, plants.

Home Range: India, Bangladesh, China, Siberia, Indonesia

Habitat: Forests, often against trees, by rivers

Mammal Adaptations                                                   Species Adaptations

1. Fur                                                                                 1. Has huge claws

2. 4 chambered heart                                                   2.Carnivores

3. Usually live in groups                                              3.Can roar loud to scare predators

4.Mammary Glands                                                     4. Strong jaw with teeth.

5. WELL- developed brains                                        5.Strong sense of smell.

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