Adaptation for Survival

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1. Venus flytrap survive by trapping flies and digesting them. Why?

  • Because they do not have a structure similar to other plants, and cannot produce their own food. Therefore, to survive, it eats flies.
  • Because they are adapted to only digest flies and cannot photosynthesise.
  • Because the grow in bogs, which has soil with very few nutrients.
  • Because it lives by its name. It is called a flytrap, therefore it finds it rude to not trap flies.
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2. A star-nosed mole has adapted to have a reaction time of 230 milliseconds. Why?

  • Because it has ultra sensitive tendrils that can try out 13 possible targets every second.
  • Because it is adapted to take its prey by surprise and efficiency.
  • Because it is almost totally blind and dependant on other senses such as touch.
  • Because it is incredibly sensitive to touch and smell yet very odd to look at.

3. Why do plants often reduce the surface area of their leaves?

  • To reduce heat loss.
  • To fit in with the other plants around them.
  • To reduce water loss.
  • Because it looks cool.

4. What reduces the energy loss of animals in the Arctic?

  • Having a thick fur coat.
  • Having a layer or rubber beneath their skins.
  • Staying active in the early morning and late evening.
  • Having soft and silky fur.

5. Why would short roots help a plant to survive?

  • So that animals who eat them are able to pull them out with ease.
  • So that it can take nutrients from the surface of the soil.
  • So that it can be pulled out easily by gardeners.
  • So that it doesn't need to use much energy to grow roots to reach water.


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