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Adaptations
An adaptation is a trait that makes a living things better able to survive in its
surroundings. Adaptations can be grouped into three types: Structural, functional
and behavioral.
Structural adaptations: Traits that involve the physical structure of an organism like
the beak of a bird.
Functional adaptations: Traits that involve the functions of an organism such as
having enzymes to digest food.
Behavioral adaptations: Inherited traits that help an organism to survive and
reproduce in a given environment such as birds laying eggs in nests.
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Directions: Determine if each of the following adaptations are structural, functional
or behavioral.
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1. the hooves of a horse
2. the poison venom of a snake
3. the wings of a seagull
4. the migration of birds
5. the sticky tongue of a frog
6. a chemical of an egg cell that attracts a sperm cell
7. the hibernation of a bear
8. the webbed feet of a duck
9. the protein web made by a spider
10. the spines of a cactus
11. the blood chemical, hemoglobin, that carries oxygen
12. the hollow bones of a bird
13. the woodpecker finch using a cactus spine to get insects from
a tree
14. the leaves of a pitcher plant
15. saliva digesting carbohydrates
16. the flippers of a penguin
17. the monarch butterfly eating milkweed
18. the robber fly mimicking the bumble bee so it isn't eaten by
predators
19. specialized flower parts for pollination
20. the poison found in the heels of a platypus