Wonderful Wildlife!

Yesterday and today, we saw four different amazing animals. They were a hedgehog, a ball python, a great horned owl, and a kinkajou.

First, we learned that animals have physical and behavioral adaptations. A physical adaptation is a body part that is on an animals body that helps it survive in the wild. A behavioral adaptation is something that an animal does to survive or find food.

The Hedgehog

The hedgehog has physical and behavioral adaptions. The physical adaptations are its quills. Quills are made of cuticle like our finger nails, and it grows back. The behavioral adaptation is that it can roll into a ball for protection. If a predator comes along it will bite the hedgehog and get quills stuck in its face. The predator’s paws will get stuck in its face if it keeps trying to get them out.

photo by: Mrs. Yollis

 

The Ball Python

There is another animal called the ball python. It is a constricting snake. It can bite people and squeeze them to death. They also ,like all snakes do, shed their skin. When they shed their skin it comes off and new skin is revealed. The ball python is not a poisonous snake, but most people think that they are.

 

photo by: Mrs. Yollis

 

The Kinkajou

The Kinkajou has physical and behavioral adaptations too. The physical adaptations are thick fur and a long, prehensile tail. Prehensile means it can grip like a hand. The behavioral adaptations are it can cling onto trees and anything else. Kinkajous are sometimes called honey bears because they raid bees’ nests. They use their long, skinny tongues to slurp honey from a hive, and also to remove insects like termites from their nests.

photo by: Mrs. Yollis

The Great Horned Owl

Finally, we have the great horned owl. The great horned owl is an owl that lives in our habitat. The owl has feathers on the top of its head. When it lifts its head all the way, its feathers go up. Some people think that owls can turn their head all the way around, but they can’t! They can only swivel it two-thirds of the way around.

 

 

What other owls do you know about?

Is there any other animal in the wild you know about, if so then what facts do you know?

One thought on “Wonderful Wildlife!

  1. Cheers Ana!
    You must have put a lot of work into this post. That’s why it is so informational. You asked if I know about any more owls besides great horned owls. Well, one owl that I know about is the barn owl. Most people think that all owls hoot, but barn owls make a screeching noise. Barn owls live around Los Angeles, California.

    Another animal that I know about that lives in the wild is the skunk. A skunk sprays stinky fumes if it gets scared. Most people say that when you get sprayed that a bath of tomato juice will dilute the smell, but actually it makes you smell like tomato juice and skunk spray! What you really need to take away the smell is vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap.

    The kinkajou is adorable! Did you know that kinkajous are related to raccoons? Also, the kinkajous’ big eyes are one of its physical adaptations.

    Tell me some more about the animals you saw!

    Your Blogging Buddy,
    Piper Pistachio

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