What does habitat mean?
Credit: James Warwick The Image Bank Getty Images
Q:

What does habitat mean?

A:

Quick Answer

A habitat is the natural environment of a plant, animal or other organism. Every living thing has its own habitat.

  Know More

Full Answer

A habitat must have everything a living things needs to grow and thrive. There are generally five different things a habitat must have: water, food, shelter, air and a place to raise young or reproduce.

Habitats may vary greatly in size. Large animals like lions and tigers have habitats that can stretch out for miles while small animal habitats do not extend very far in any one direction.

A community is a group of plants and animals that share the same habitat. Plants and animals learn to work together to make the best of a specific habitat and each animal has its own niche. A niche is a small part of a habitat that is occupied by only one plant or animal. Niches combine to form habitats and habitats combine to form ecosystems. Each plant and animal plays an important part in an ecosystem.

A critical habitat is one that is protected by a government. It contains one or more endangered plants and animals and hunting or otherwise harassing a plant or animal in a critical habitat is strictly forbidden. Once the protected species has increased its numbers, the habitat no longer needs protection.

Learn more about Environmental Science

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are the names of some decomposers?

    A:

    Fungi and bacteria are primary decomposers. Different types of worms, mushrooms, termites, snails and slugs are also considered to be decomposers. Decomposers break down the organic matter in the dead bodies of plants and animals.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some fun facts about the deciduous forest?

    A:

    The deciduous forest is a type of biome found throughout the eastern portion of North America, the middle of Europe and in some parts of Asia. The average deciduous forest experiences between 30 and 60 inches of annual rainfall, and the average annual temperature is approximately 50 degrees F. This biome is named for its principle vegetation, which includes many species of deciduous trees that shed their leaves annually.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you remove nitrates from water?

    A:

    According to the Colorado State University website, there are four possible ways to remove nitrates from contaminated drinking water: distillation, reverse osmosis, ion-exchange and blending. Although it is certainly possible to remove nitrates from groundwater, nitrate extraction treatments can be costly, laborious, and even wholly ineffective.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do people adapt to the environment?

    A:

    People adapt to the environment in several different ways in order to cope with changing environmental and climatological conditions on the planet. Humans have been adapting to the changing environment since the dawn of the species. Adaptation is a key factor in human evolution. Adapting to the environment is sometimes natural change that is reflective of environmental conditions, but other adaptations are the result of the innovation of the human mind.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore