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Animal Adaptations and Survival

by Mandy Barrow

 
Homework Index
Introduction
Desert Animals
Camels
Desert Tortoise
Fennec Fox
Saguaro Cactus
Tropical Grassland
Giraffes
Lions
Lizards
Arctic Conditions
Penguins
Polar Bears
Dolphins
Frogs
Snakes
Small-eared zorro
Other Creatures

Desert Tortoise

1. The desert tortoise may be active during the day or the morning and evening depending on the temperature.

2. The desert tortoise burrows under the sand to protect itself from extreme desert temperatures.

3. Adults can survive for about a year without water. They are able to obtain water from their diet.

4. Tortoises can withdraw their head, legs, and tail into the shell providing themselves protection against predators.

5. To utilize the infrequent rainfalls, tortoises dig shallow pits to catch the water. The tortoises may be found waiting by these areas when rain is in the forecast.

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