May 3, 2013

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An organism that derives its energy and nutrient requirements from a diet consisting mainly or exclusively of animal tissue, whether through predation or scavenging.

An animal that feeds mainly or only on plants.

An animal that eats food of both plant and animal origin.

All the plants, animals, and people living in an area considered together with their environment as a system of relationships.

The function or position of a species within an ecological community. A species’ niche includes the physical environment to which it has become adapted as well as its role as producer and consumer of food resources.

A form of symbiotic relationship between two organisms of unlike species in which one of them acts as predator that captures and feeds on the other organism that serves as the prey.

An animal that is hunted and killed by another for food.

A group of cold-blooded animals which lay eggs and have skins covered with small, hard plates called scales.

A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that is born in water and breathes with gills. As the larva grows into its adult form, the animal’s lungs develop the ability to breathe air, and the animal can live on land. Frogs, toads, and salamanders are all amphibians.

A mammal is an animal that breathes air, has a backbone, and grows hair at some point during its life. In addition, all female mammals have generally have a live birth and glands that can produce milk.

An animal that is endangered is close to extinction — meaning there aren’t very many of that type of animal left in the world. This word is used mostly to describe animal species that are not doing very well: animals usually become endangered because of over hunting or the destruction of their habitat.

No longer in existence, a species that has died out.

The natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.

An animal without a backbone.

Of or living in the trees.

Biology living or growing on land or on or in the ground.

The resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment and protection.

Any preserved evidence of life from a past geological age, such as the impressions and remains of organisms embedded in stratified rocks.

Creatures who inject chemical substances that impact biological functions in other organisms.

Poisons are substances that cause harm to organisms when sufficient quantities are absorbed, inhaled or ingested.

The condition of being active or occurring during the night and not during day time.

Animals that are active during the day and then sleep at night.

Allows animals to blend in with certain aspects of their environment. Camouflage increases an organism’s chance of survival by hiding it from predators.

Warm blooded: an organism that regulates its internal body temperature regardless of the outside temperature.

Cold blooded: an organism that does not produce its own body heat.

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Vocabulary Words

An organism that derives its energy and nutrient requirements from a diet consisting mainly or exclusively of animal tissue, whether through predation or scavenging.

An animal that feeds mainly or only on plants.

An animal that eats food of both plant and animal origin.

All the plants, animals, and people living in an area considered together with their environment as a system of relationships.

The function or position of a species within an ecological community. A species’ niche includes the physical environment to which it has become adapted as well as its role as producer and consumer of food resources.

A form of symbiotic relationship between two organisms of unlike species in which one of them acts as predator that captures and feeds on the other organism that serves as the prey.

An animal that is hunted and killed by another for food.

A group of cold-blooded animals which lay eggs and have skins covered with small, hard plates called scales.

A cold-blooded vertebrate animal that is born in water and breathes with gills. As the larva grows into its adult form, the animal’s lungs develop the ability to breathe air, and the animal can live on land. Frogs, toads, and salamanders are all amphibians.

A mammal is an animal that breathes air, has a backbone, and grows hair at some point during its life. In addition, all female mammals have generally have a live birth and glands that can produce milk.

An animal that is endangered is close to extinction — meaning there aren’t very many of that type of animal left in the world. This word is used mostly to describe animal species that are not doing very well: animals usually become endangered because of over hunting or the destruction of their habitat.

No longer in existence, a species that has died out.

The natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.

An animal without a backbone.

Of or living in the trees.

Biology living or growing on land or on or in the ground.

The resemblance of one organism to another or to an object in its surroundings for concealment and protection.

Any preserved evidence of life from a past geological age, such as the impressions and remains of organisms embedded in stratified rocks.

Creatures who inject chemical substances that impact biological functions in other organisms.

Poisons are substances that cause harm to organisms when sufficient quantities are absorbed, inhaled or ingested.

The condition of being active or occurring during the night and not during day time.

Animals that are active during the day and then sleep at night.

Allows animals to blend in with certain aspects of their environment. Camouflage increases an organism’s chance of survival by hiding it from predators.

Warm blooded: an organism that regulates its internal body temperature regardless of the outside temperature.

Cold blooded: an organism that does not produce its own body heat.

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