Animal Adaptations


Animals have developed several adaptations to live in their environments. Some of these adaptations include camouflage, mimicry, hibernation and migration.
Animals use camouflage to blend in with their surroundings. They can avoid being eaten by predators, or hide to sneak up on prey.
Mimicry is when an animal looks like another animal. One example of mimicry is the monarch and viceroy butterflies. The monarch butterfly has a very bad taste and this causes animals to stay away from it. The viceroy butterfly tastes good to other animals. To avoid being eaten, the viceroy butterfly has adapted to look like the monarch butterfly. Animals think it is the bad tasting monarch and don't eat it. Explore 'Copycats' to learn more about animal mimicry.
Several animals use hibernation to adapt to their environments. Hibernation is when animals are inactive during the winter. Animals hibernate because there is not enough food for them to be active and survive through the winter. Before the cold season begins, they stock up on food and live off of their fat stores until Spring comes. Learn more about hibernation.
Other animals migrate. Migration is when animals leave their regular environment and travel to a warmer one in the winter. Animals do this to survive because they would not be able to survive the cold temperatures. Explore more about animals and their migration.
Animal Adaptations and Survival

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