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Animal Adaptations

Question 1:

Why Do Whales Have Blowholes Despite Being Marine Animals?


  • Though whales live in an aquatic habitat, they do not resemble fishes.
  • Whales are marine mammals; like all mammals, they breathe through their lungs, unlike fishes that use gills.
  • The blowhole allows the whale to breathe in air while it comes to the water's surface.




Question 2:

What Are Cold-Blooded Animals?


  • Some animals cannot regulate their body temperature with the changes in climatic conditions and are termed cold-blooded, such as fishes, reptiles, and amphibians.
  • They depend on external heat to maintain their body temperature. For the same reason, these animals are often seen basking in the sun.
Cold-Blooded Animals


Question 3:

Why Do Polar Bears Have White Fur but Sloth Bears Do Not?


  • Polar bears are found in habitats where the land is covered with snow for a maximum of a year.
  • Their white body covering allows them to blend with the surroundings of their habitat.
  • Sloth bears are found in dense forests. White covering would not allow them to hide in the forest vegetation. Hence, they have a dark body covering.


Question 4:

Mention the Adaptive Features of Porcupines.


The adaptive features of porcupines are as follows—

  • Their body is covered with quills which they use to defend themselves when predators attack
  • They have strong and sharp claws, which help them dig soil, tear tree bark, uproot plant roots, and pick berries.
  • Porcupines have sharp front teeth, which help them crack open nuts and seeds.


Question 5:

What Are Ink Glands? Name Two Animals That Have Ink Glands Except for the Octopus.


  • The ink gland is a sac-like structure found in some marine animals.
  • They are located between the gills.
  • This gland releases a dark pigmented ink-like substance when the animal faces danger.
  • Animals that have ink glands other than octopus are squid and cuttlefish.


Question 6:

Why Do Elephants Have Tusks and Massive Ears?


  • The massive ears of elephants are an adaptation to hear the faintest sound from a distance. Also, they help in regulating body temperature.
  • Their ears have thin blood vessels, which lose enormous body heat when required. So, we often see elephants e flapping their ears.
  • They live in dense forests. Hence, their tusks enable them to bore riverbeds, rip the tree barks and clear their paths.


Question 7:

How Is a Deer Adapted to Living in a Forest?


Deer show the following adaptations which enable them to live in forests—

  • They have strong legs and girdles, which make them fast runners. It helps them protect themselves from being preyed on very often.
  • Their eyes are on the sides of their head, which broaden their view of sight.
  • Their ears are highly mobile and cup structured, which allows them to gather more sound waves.


Question 8:

How Do Puffer Fish Protect Themselves From Their Predators?


  • Pufferfish are also called blowfish. They are slow swimmers and can be easily targeted by predators.
  • They are adapted to increase the size of their bodies significantly by drinking a large amount of water.
  • They also release toxic chemicals for their protection from predators.
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