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Animal Growth and Adaptation

Term Definition
environment everything that surrounds and affects an animal, including living and nonliving things
climate the average temperature and rainfall in an area over many years
shelter a place where an animal is protected from other animals or from weather
oxygen one fo the many gases in air
adaptation a body part or behavior that helps an animal meet its needs in its environment
camouflage an animal's color or pattern that helps it blend in with its surroundings
mimicry an adaptation in which an animal looks very much like another animal or an object
instinct a behavior that an animal begins life with
migration the movement of a group of one type of animal from one region to another and back again
prey an animal that is hunted and eaten by another animal
predator an animal that hunts and eats another animal
hibernation a period when an animal goes into a long, deep "sleep"; its body functions slow down, and the animal uses less energy
body covering the material on the outside of a plant or animal that helps protect the organism
organism another word for living thing
reproduction to make more offspring
life cycle a pattern of changes that happen during an organism's life
habitat consists of food, water, shelter, and space in a suitable arrangement
extinction the complete elimination of a species from the Earth

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